Canadian Country Artist John McLeod charting worldwide, to perform at the South Australian Music Festival.

John McLeod

Story: Bill Delingat 


He was a driller, oilman, bush pilot, and businessman.  His work experience took him to all corners of the globe, and he’s now going to the far ends of the earth again but this time following the true passion of his life, his music.

He’s slated to perform at the South Australian Country Music Festival to be held in South Australia this June 2011.


 John McLeod is a Northern Canadian Metis Indian from the Ojibwa tribe. Born in The Pas, Manitoba. McLeod now resides in the wilds of Palm Springs, California. He went to California to thaw, and pursue his music, after having had a triple bypass in 2006.  

McLeod found the warmth of the sun and the desert mountains a perfect mix for his heritage and spirituality.  He dedicated himself to writing, and singing about his life experiences and thus “Moving On “was born.  

This second chance at life gave McLeod the opportunity to tell his story through song and music, to share with others that “you are never too old to pursue your dreams “and he truly appreciates the respect his music is getting. 

McLeod has been performing country music for over for over thirty years and been fortunate to have met and performed with some great musicians including Lenny Breau  and Andy Cree.  McLeod recorded the album in Hollywood CA with Grammy award winning producer George Landress (Gwen Stefani, No Doubt), drummer Fritz Lewak (Jackson Browne, Sugarland and Melissa Ethridge) pianist Mark Stephens (Josh Groban) bassist Tim Emmons (Philharmonic) and fiddle player Candy Girard (Eagles).


McLeod is thrilled his Metis Indian Song reached #1 on the Canadian National Aboriginal Top 30 Countdown and stayed there for two weeks.  He is #8 in Germany and #11 in Austria for his Nashville Nights song.  He headlined the Palm Springs Rodeo in March and performed at House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.

His album was nominated for Best Country Album this year at the Native American Music Awards.


Paul Davis author and radio host describes John McLeod and “Moving On” 

“From Canadian Indian stock, John has an attractive country-artistry of which he should be rightly proud. This is a name not to be missed, his blending of the new-and-old folk-flavourings is ‘unpolluted inspiration’. Tender-on-the-ear, one is engaged by the warmth of his story-telling. Progressive sessioners share the recording studio with him on this memorable session. Firmly into story-ballad material that’s urban-friendly, conversely it is country too, clear, direct, and honest. Highlight tracks are copious. His earthy art will carve a unique path for him with his invigorating thoughts via chart-pointed, modern folk-country music buzzing with conviction.”