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by John Kilzer
John Kilzer (1957 to 2019) was an American singer/songwriter and church minister. John Turner Kilzer was born in Jackson, Tennessee, USA, on January 7th 1957, and raised there. He spent four years on the Memphis State University basketball team, and eventually became an English teacher there, before deciding to pursue a music career a little later on. As both a singer and a songwriter, he was first signed to 'Geffen Records' in the late 1980s, releasing two albums - "Memory in the Making" and "Busman's Holiday" (he also appeared on the fledgling 'MTV' channel during this time). In subsequent years, he continued to write songs, with some of his compositions being covered by the likes of Trace Atkins, Maria Muldaur and Roseanne Cash, plus others. After he signed to 'MADJACK Records' in 2011, Kilzer recorded the album "Seven" at the historic Ardent Studios in Memphis. The album included contributions from members of the world-famous 'Hi Rhythm Section' plus other respected musicians - namely Teenie Hodges, Spooner Oldham, Jim Spake, Scott Thompson and Rick Steff. He followed this with two more LPs, culminating in the early 2019 release "Scars" (produced by "Grammy" award winner Matt Ross-Spang). During his lifetime, he had earned a Masters Degree in English Literature and a Doctorate in Theology, and attempted to incorporate these disciplines into the writing of his songs. He eventually became an ordained minister at St John's United Methodist Church in Memphis, after many early struggles with drink and being in trouble with the law. John Kilzer committed suicide by hanging at an addiction treatment facility in Center City, Minnesota, on March 12th 2019, aged 62.
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Posted: 15th April 2019
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace ✚", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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