Actor. Singer. Songwriter.
Producer. Director. Screenwriter.
John Schneider is a modern American storyteller whose career spans four decades. John first rose to fame in 1978, when he made his television debut as the iconic Bo Duke on the hit CBS show The Dukes of Hazzard. He went on to star in a number of made-for-television projects including Dream House, Stagecoach (Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash) Happy Endings, and Run (Kirk Douglas). John made appearances on several popular television shows, including Desperate Housewives (ABC), 90210 (CW), The Secret Life of The American Teenager (ABC Family), Nip/Tuck (F/X), Touched by an Angel (CBS), and did some voice-over work on The Mummy (Kids’ WB) animated series. John starred in the CW hit drama, Smallville as Jonathan Kent, and currently plays the powerful Judge Jim Cryer in the smash Tyler Perry’s The Have and Have Nots on OWN.
As a budding young musician in the early 1980s, John signed with the Scotti Brothers Label and released his debut album Now or Never. The album peaked at #8 on Billboard, and included a single of Elvis’ “It’s Now or Never,” which landed and #4 and remains the top Elvis cover of all time. In 1984, John signed with MCA Nashville and released his next album Too Good to Stop Now, which included his first two Billboard #1 singles, “I’ve Been Around Enough to Know” and “Country Girls” [with “Country Girls” also landing at #1 on CAN Country music chart].
The following year, he released Tryin’ To Outrun the Wind, and followed that with the release of A Memory Like You – which debuted as the #1 Country Album on Billboard, and included two #1 singles on both Billboard and CAN Country, “What’s a Memory Like You (Doing In A Love Like This)” and “You’re The Last Thing I Needed Tonight”.John continued recording and releasing albums, including his quintessential John Schneider’s Greatest Hits record on Geffen. After taking some time off to pursue acting opportunities, he returned to recording with Worth The Wait, John’s Acoustic Christmas, The Promise, and, his most recent album, Home For Christmas, with The Dukes of Hazzard co-star, Tom Wopat in 2014.
John and producing partner, Alicia Allain of Maven Entertainment, own and operate John Schneider Studios, producing films such as Like Son, Anderson Bench, Inadmissible, Smothered and 4:GO. The duo worked together to create CineFlix Digital on Demand – a premium, subscription-based streaming service that showcases their films, and offers exclusive behind-the-scenes content for fans, and CineFlix Fest (a traveling film festival). John Schneider Studios’ Moonshine Barn is the site for his new live variety show entitled “Yee Haa!” – named as an ode to the beloved show, “Hee Haw,” and as a nod to John’s iconic “yeehaaww!” in the opening scene of Dukes of Hazzard. The show includes an ensemble of comedians, singers, dancers, and world-class musicians, and has already filmed episodes with legendary comedienne, Ruth Buzzi, and “Hee Haw”’s own, Lulu Roman.
In 2018, John will be releasing Odyssey – a 52-song collection, including music video content, of “the best songs never recorded” by some of Nashville’s most acclaimed and renowned songwriters. The project includes Artist Studio Access, a 30-minute TV show (via CineFlix Digital on Demand) featuring behind-the-scenes footage of the writing, recording and inspiration of each song. Additionally, the show includes guest interviews with renowned Nashville songwriters and famed musicians.
Odyssey melds traditional country music with Americana, Southern Rock, Blues, and a hint of R&B. The project features guest artists like Tanya Tucker, John Conlee, Matthew Nelson, Gunnar Nelson, Doug Supernaw, Mark Wills, Heidi Newfield, Bobby Bare, Dave Gibson, Ray Scott, T. Graham Brown, T.G. Sheppard, Jo-el Sonnier, Kelly Lang, Jim Brown, Allie Coleen, Steve Wariner, Colin Raye, Max T. Barnes, Jamie O’Neal, Kalie Rose, Danny Shirley, and Marty Raybonwith. The projects debut single, a tribute to Waylon Jennings and a nod to where it all began for John Schneider, is a cover of Waylon’s “Good Ole Boys,” – the iconic theme song from The Dukes of Hazzard. All proceeds from the single will benefit The Waylon Jennings Fund for Diabetes Research.