Guitarist: Johnathon Mann, 18, is a rare true lefty guitarist.
Rock Icons: Jimi Hendrix, Slash, Angus Young, and Bruce Kulick.
Personal: Has Auditory Processing Disorder (doesn't hear differences in vowel sounds). Enjoys golf and history.
Johnathon Mann, 18, joins only 10% of the world's population – he is left-handed.
Couple that with the number of people who play guitar, and it's easy to see why a left-handed guitar player is so rarely seen.
Johnathon's left-handedness was evident since his days in the neonatal intensive care unit at the University of Chicago Hospitals. Born almost eight weeks premature and his twin brother, Bryce (REBELMANN's founding drummer), Johnathon weighed in at a mere 3 pounds and was not expected to live more than 72 hours. In extreme critical condition, Johnathon received his last rights and was blessed to die …….
Fast forward ten years, and Johnathon began to yearn for more music in his life. Since birth, Mozart had been played for Johnathon every night before bed. His mother believed that, somehow, classical music might help her preemie twins develop, who was born so early and so critically ill.
Diagnosed with Auditory Processing Disorder from a very early age, language did not come easily for Johnathon, as he does not hear the differences in the five vowel sounds. However, he does hear pure musical tones. Rhythmically inclined, Johnathon started playing the drums as well as viola in his school's orchestra. His musical prowess soon progressed to the guitar.
Johnathon performed his first guitar recital in the 5th grade to the Beatles, "Let It Be." He became a quick study of guitar and progressed rapidly as a student. Driven by his idol, Jimi Hendrix, the most famous of lefty guitar players, it was the complexity of the musical compositions; specifically, guitar soloing, that led him to the genre of rock 'n roll. As an artist who can both read music, as well as feel it, Johnathon's technique progressed to lightning fast as well as precise fingering across the strings.
As the main musical riff writer for REBELMANN®, Johnathon already has ten singles under his belt. He also sings background vocals. Having attended Rock Fantasy Camp in Las Vegas, Johnathon caught the eye of guitar legend Bruce Kulick, of KISS fame and Grand Funk Railroad, who remains in contact with the young band of brothers.
In addition to guitar, Johnathon enjoys graphic arts, history, and golfing with his family. He is named after his Papaw Doc. Johnathon was also voted into The Recording Academy in 2013 at the age of 16-years-old.
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