This bio starts from the beginning
of my professional career and down to the most recent.
-1982-83- I began my career
as Lead Guitarist for Billy Thorpe
of the Sun, Pasha Records), touring the United States
and Australia. Band members included drummer Frankie
Banali (Quiet Riot)
and bassist Bruce Turgon (Foreigner,
Lou Gramm), opening for such bands as Cheap
Trick and Ted Nugent
as well as headlining many shows.
-1984-85- Wrote songs and played
guitar on two records for Warner Pioneer recording artist,
Steffanie, as well as toured,
appeared on television and in her videos.
-1985-86- Joined EMI Recording
artists Rail, again touring and
opening for Ted Nugent and others
as well as headlining many shows.
-1987-89-Formed the band Northrup with singer Johnny Edwards (Montrose and later Foreigner, Royal Jelly). During this time, we wrote and recorded many songs. One song we wrote together, "Ready for the Rain", was later recorded on the Foreigner, "Unusual Heat" record in 1991. I also recorded and performed on the King Kobra lll CD with legendary drummer Carmine Appice. Three of my songs were featured on that CD including "Walls of Silence". Also appeared on MTV in the video for the song Take it Off. Some of my songs were used for television, including episodes for Michael Landons hit television series, "Highway to Heaven".
-1991-93- Recorded, wrote, played
guitars and produced the Paul Shortino,
Back on Track CD featuring Jeff Northrup, released on Alfa
Records. The CD featured many other great recording artists
Appice, James Kottak (Scorpions,
Kingdom Come), Jeff Pilson
(Dokken, Foreigner), Sean
McNabb (House of Lords,Great
White), Matt Bissinette
(David Lee Roth) and Toto
Bobby Kimball. Toured
with Band members, Paul Shortino,
James Kottak, Sean McNabb and myself.
-1995- Recorded, co-wrote, played
guitars and produced the self titled CD, "Cage",
with singer Terry Ilous (XYZ)
released on King Records. This CD also featured a who's who
of artists including, Vinnie Appice
(Dio, Black Sabbath), Carmine
Appice, Randy Castillo (Ozzie, Motley
Crue), James Kottak, Myron Grambacher (Pat
Benatar), Tony Franklin (The
Firm, Blue Murder), Phil Soussan (Ozzie,
Billy Idol, Vince Neil) and Sean
McNabb. Played rhythm and lead guitar for the Black
Sheep "Sacrifice" CD. Appeared on the Black
Sheep video for the song "Someone Like You"
with James Kottak and Willie
-1997- Co-wrote, played Guitars and co-produced the
CD, "Flynn", The Day
I Spoke to Dog with singer Terry Ilous,
released on VIP Records. This CD also featured another legendary
drummer, Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting
and many others).
the self titled CD, JK Northrup
on Metal Mayhem Music with recordings from the 1988-90 era
with Johnny Edwards on vocals.
Produced numerous bands in the United States and wrote and/or
produced songs for commercials for such companies as Disney,
American Express, Intel, Microsoft, HGTV, Earthlink and
numerous others (this
continues through to the present).
The JK Northrup "Play it on 11" Best Of is released July 8 2002 on MTM Music. My instrumental song "I.M.N.U." is featured on the Jason Becker Volume 2 tribute CD on "Lion Records". Also, another instrumental song, "Remember Me" was featured on the NYC Charity CD out on "Now and Then/Frontiers Records" benifiting the families who lost loved ones in the Sept. 11th tragedy and the Red Cross. Also scheduled is
the release of a song written by myself and Phil Naro called Bad Boys in the Hard Luck City for the CD, Naro on Z Records.
"Letter to God" CD
is released. I co-wrote, co-produced
and played all guitars, as well as engineered and mastered
"Afterlife" is released on MTM Music. All
songs were written by myself (with the exception of two
were co-written with Johnny Edwards).
I also recorded, mixed and mastered it.
-2005- Toured with XYZ
and Terry Ilous. Also
toured with "The Acoustic Outcasts"
featuring Ron Keel (Keel,
Steeler), Charlie Wayne (Bullet
Boys), Kelly Keeling (Blue
Murder, MSG, Baton Rouge), Terry Ilous and
I started my music production company "Alien Productions", producing, recording and mixing numerous bands and recording artists and produced and recorded commercials for companies such as HGTV, Fine Living Channel, DIY Network and the GAC Country music Network.
-2006- Produced, engineered,
mixed and mastered numerous cd's with various artists through
my Alien Productions facility including
Terry Ilous's XYZ "Forbidden
Demos", The Mood Groove
"Stones, Bones and Broken Shells"
and the new "MelodicRock.com
V3" cd for Andrew McNeice
-2007- New JK
Northrup "Wired In My
Skin" released in March through my new Record
label, "Alien Prod Records"! It features such legandary
vocalists as Kelly Keeling (Blue
Murder, MSG, Baton Rouge, Trans Siberian Orchestra),
(Montrose, Foreigner, Royal
Jelly, JK Northrup),
Ted Poley (Danger
Danger), Terry Ilous
(XYZ, I.R.S.), newcomer vocalist
David Zaragoza (Category
7), drummers Glenn Hicks
(JK Northrup, Paul Shortino)
and another newcomer, DanZoid
(Mood Groove, W.N.G.C.) who
played drums on 7 tracks!
Recorded, , co-produced (with Ted Poley), mixed, mastered and played Guitars and Bass on Ted Poley's "Smile" album released on Frontiers Records.
Recorded new album with my other band "The Mood Groove" titled Mr. Green Jeans War Blue. Go to www.moodgroove.com to purchase!
Played guitar on the upcoming
album. Wrote songs for and began co-production for Alyssa
Atherton. Recorded and produced numerous
bands. Mixed and Mastered China
Blue "Twilight Of Destiny"
for Frontiers Records.
Recorded, produced, arranged and played all instruments
on a rock version of "You're
A Mean One Mr. Grinch" for the "Rock
4 Xmas Foundation" charity compilation cd.
Montemayor "In This Trance"album
in released. Played Guitars on the title track for the
Liberty N' Justice album called "Light It
Up", featuring Phil Lewis of "LA Guns" on lead vocal.
Contributed the song "That's Gonna Leave A Mark"
MRCD5 "Writing On The Wall"
N' Justice "Light It Up" is released. I played
guitars on the title track, along with Phil Lewis of LA
Guns on vox.
Mixed and Mastered the album for
Prime Suspect (Frontiers
Records), as well as many local bands and artists.
-2011- Recorded, mixed and
mastered the just released album,
(Escape Music) in Europe, featuring Terry
Ilous on vocal. I also played additional guitar and
bass. Soon to released here in the US and Japan.
Played guitar on the song "Throwing Stones", which also
features singer Donnie Vie
(Enuff Z' Nuff) on the album,
Liberty N Justice "Chasing A Cure"
(Roxx Productions). I also co-wrote and played on two other
Mullets Ruled The World"
(click on title to watch the video on you tube) featuring
Philip Bardowell on vocal,
featuring Mark Allen Lanoue
I re-mastered the classic
"Taxxi" album and "MRCD8"
compilation for Melodic Rock Records.
The "Liberty N' Justice single
featuring ex-Warrant singer "Jani
Lane" (RIP) is released on Itunes worldwide. I wrote
the song along with Justin Murr. It was also co-written
by Jani Lane, Keri Kelli and Scott Bolen. "Sin"
also features Keri Kelli (Alice Cooper),
Bill Leverty (Fire House) and
myself on guitars. It was mixed and mastered by me as well.
Produced, wrote the music and performed on Angela Kay Rylands
ep called, Brandi
Sue Ryland "Everlasting" (feat JK Northrup).
N' Justice album "Hell Is Coming To Breakfast"
being realeased March 27th on Roxx
Productions. I co-wrote 6 of the songs with Justin
Murr and played on all 6 tracks. I also mixed and mastered
those six songs.
-The single "Stayin'
Alive" featuring Kip
Winger and JK Northrup is released on Itunes and
Amazon.com from the upcoming Liberty
N' Justice two disc set
-Co-wrote, mixed and mastered the song and title track "15
Years Later" with Justin Murr for the
N' Justice "The
Cigar Chronicles" is released Feb
-JK Northrup "The
11:11 Project" is released.
N' Justice "The
Vow" is released July.
-JK Northrup & Friends,
Collection of Duets & Ballads" is released
Much more to come....
1985- Steffanie "Hideaway" (Warner Pioneer)
1986- Steffanie "Pink Noise" (Warner Pioneer)
1988- King Kobra lll (New Renaissance )
1993- Shortino/Northrup "Back on Track" (Alfa
1996- Cage s /t (King Records)
1997- Black Sheep "Sacrifice" (Rockscool Records)
1998- Flynn "The Day I Spoke to Dog" (VIP Records)
2001- JK Northrup s/t (Metal Mayhem Music)
2002- "Best Of" JK Northrup "Play it on 11"
2002- "Warmth In the Wilderness" Tribute to Jason
Becker (Lion Records)
2003- XYZ "Letter To God" (MTM Music)
2003- MelodicRock.com CD #1
2004- Shortino/Northrup "Afterlife" (MTM Music)
2004- Melodicrock V2 "The Beast Inside"
2006- Mood Groove "Stones, Bones and Broken Shells
2006- MelodicRock.com "V3"
2007- JK Northrup "Wired In My Skin" (Alien Prod
Records)-(NL Distribution Europe)
2007- Enjae (independent)
2007- Ted Poley "Smile" (Frontiers Records)
2007- Category7 (independant)
2007- Terry Ilous "Here and Gone" (FYCO Records)
2007- The Mood Groove "Mr. Green Jeans War Blue"
For Christmas (You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch)
Montemayor "In This Trance" (Monasera Records)
V "Lovelorn Leviathan" (Tendril Records)(Guitar
Dave Zaragoza (independent)
N' Justice "Light It Up" (Retroactive Records)
Bridger (Escape Music)
Liberty N' Justice
"Chasing A Cure" (Roxx Productions)
Liberty N' Justice
"Sin" single featuring Jani
Lane" (LnJ Records)
Sue Ryland "Everlasting" (feat JK Northrup)
N Justice "Hell Is Coming To Breakfast"
Alive"-single Liberty N'
Justice (feat Kip Winger and
MRCD9 "15 Years Later"
Liberty N' Justice "The
2013- JK Northrup "The
Liberty N' Justice "The
2014- JK Northrup & Friends,
Collection of Duets & Ballads" (Ossum
Go to the "ALIEN PRODUCTIONS" website for more Production and Mastering credits.