John Sloman is a Welsh singer, born in Cardiff in 1957 and wasting no time getting into music, gaining attention while still in his late teens with local Cardiff band Trapper, before joining Lone Star in time to record their second album in 1977, Firing On All Six, which would see Sloman performing at Reading Festival and on two tours that same year. At the age of twenty, Sloman had already achieved more than most dare to dream of ever accomplishing, and he wasn’t about to slow down.
Following the departure of their guitarist (Paul Chapman, who went on to replace Michael Schenker in UFO), Lone Star disbanded. After forming the band Pulsar, Sloman promptly left when a better offer came along: the legendary Uriah Heep needed a vocalist, and in 1979 Sloman was their man. He recorded the album Conquest, which was then released in 1981, but soon afterwards left the group, owing to musical differences between himself and other members of the band. Around this time, Sloman contributed keyboards to UFO’s album The Wild, The Willing And The Innocent, but was uncredited for this.
There followed a period of time playing live with John Sloman’s Badlands, featuring Neil Murray of Whitesnake and Thin Lizzy‘s John Sykes before he was ever Thin Lizzy‘s, along with the drummer from Trapper, John Munro. This was in turn followed with time playing live with Gary Moore, which earned Sloman a spot on the Rockin’ Every Night: Live In Japan album.
Sloman’s wish to fully express his own musical visions brought him to record his first solo album in 1989, Disappearances Can Be Deceptive, which was produced by Todd Rundgren released by FM-Revolver. A number of different solo projects and collaborations have followed over the years since, keeping him very much in the public eye: he is still active today, though at the time of writing he hasn’t released new music since 2010.