One half of legendary rock and soul duo Hall & Oates, John Oates has graced airwaves and stages around the world with his inspired singing and guitar playing. As a solo artist Oates turns in captivating performances that focus on his gifts for songwriting and his effortless showmanship to form a genuine connection with his audience. This troubadour knows how to give fans what they want, tearing through powerful solo material as well as perennial Hall & Oates favorites like “Maneater”, “Kiss on My List”, and “You Make My Dreams”. With his 2013 album Good Road to Follow still fresh in ticket buyers’ minds, Oates will hit the road in 2015 for a string of solo dates as well a highly anticipated tour with his musical soulmate Daryl Hall.
Born in New York City in 1948, John Oates was a professional backing player in folk and soul bands before he even graduated high school. In addition to his work as a backing musician, he cut his first solo single “I Need Your Love” in 1966 before enrolling at Temple University in Philadelphia. While in school he met senior classmate and fellow professional musician Daryl Hall. The two hit it off and began writing and performing together, leading to a string of records in the early ‘70s. Hall & Oates’ first hit came in 1976 with “Sara Smile” and was followed by six No. 1 hits including “Rich Girl”, “Private Eyes”, and “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)”. Despite the duo’s massive global success and Oates’ own skills as a producer, he didn’t release his solo debut until 2002’s well-received Phunk Shui. Since then he has released four studio and three live albums while continuing to record and tour as a member of Hall & Oates.