07 Jun Interview with John Mays
John Mays, one of Christian music’s most respected executives, joins Michael Easley in studio and shares his insights on the Christian Music Industry and the importance of “making the truth new” in songwriting and art.
John Mays, VP of A&R for Centricity Music, is one of Christian music’s most respected executives, having worked in A&R at Word, Sparrow, and Star Song Records before serving as president of Benson Records. Over his 35-year career, Mays discovered and signed Point Of Grace, Scott Krippayne, Cindy Morgan, Matt Redman, Nichole Nordeman, Warren Barfield, and the Passion worship recordings. Mays helped found Centricity Music in 2005 where he has signed and developed Downhere, Jason Gray, Aaron Shust and current new artists Unspoken and Lauren Daigle.
John began his career as a musician at 17, eventually landing jobs as a bass player with several bands and many Christian music recordings during the ’80s. Along the way, he co-wrote “Love In Any Language,” a career song for Sandi Patty included in CCM’s list of 100 greatest Christian songs. The Andrews, TX native has been married to Dianne for 37 years and continues to brag on their kids, Kelsey and John Austin. When asked about his life philosophy, John says, “There aren’t too many problems that can’t be helped by a Mac computer, some Mexican food, or a trip to Texas.