Taught by his father at the age of 3, John attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, leaving the school in 1995 to play with Cameo. After moving to Los Angeles he played with Patti Labelle and appeared on her Grammy Award Winning album Live! One Night Only.
Blackwell later spent over a decade with Prince, joining his band The New Power Generation in 2000.
John subsequently performed with massive artists such as Justin Timberlake, P. Diddy, Japanese Pop Stars Crystal Kay, Double (Takako), Arashi, Chinese Pop Star Xu Wei as well as many others.
RIP John, this is how we’d like to remember you