19 Facts About John Shanks


John Matthew Shanks was born on December 18,1961 and is an American songwriter, record producer and guitarist.


John Shanks was in a band called Line One with jazz saxophonist Boney James.


John Shanks began playing in Melissa Etheridge's band in 1988 and toured with her for several years.


John Shanks reunited with Etheridge in 1995 when he collaborated with her on songs for Your Little Secret.


John Shanks worked with her for several years and co-produced her subsequent album, Breakdown, in 1999.


In 2001, Shanks produced several tracks for the Stevie Nicks album Trouble in Shangri-La and co-wrote the first single, "Every Day", with Damon Johnson.


John Shanks started working with Take That in 2005, on their comeback album Beautiful World, and he produced their next album The Circus in 2008.


John Shanks has produced or written for other projects with Carlos Santana, Celine Dion, Sting, The Corrs, Chris Isaak, Hilary Duff, Keith Urban, and Alanis Morissette.


John Shanks produced Ashlee Simpson's hit 2004 album Autobiography and is credited with co-writing ten of the album's 12 songs with Simpson.


That same year, John Shanks produced three songs for Kelly Clarkson's hit album Breakaway, including the title track "Breakaway", and worked with Anastacia on two songs for her self-titled album, including the single "Welcome To My Truth".


In 2005, John Shanks regrouped with Ashlee Simpson, producing her second album, I Am Me, and co-writing all of its eleven songs with Simpson and DioGuardi.


John Shanks worked on two major albums of 2005, the Backstreet Boys' Never Gone and Bon Jovi's ninth album, Have a Nice Day.


In 2007, John Shanks worked to produce the Bon Jovi's tenth album, Lost Highway, and in 2009 he worked and produced on Bon Jovi's eleventh album, The Circle.


In 2010 and 2011, John Shanks collaborated with Irish vocal group Westlife with their albums Gravity and Greatest Hits where it charted at the top of UK and Irish Albums Charts.


John Shanks produced, Everybody Hurts a charity single for Helping Haiti.


In January 2011, John Shanks stated that he began work with rock band Van Halen on its first album with original lead singer David Lee Roth since the landmark LP 1984.


In 2013, John Shanks produced Bon Jovi's twelfth album, What About Now.


John Shanks produced Bon Jovi's fourteenth album, This House Is Not for Sale, and became the touring rhythm guitarist for Bon Jovi in 2016 to support the band's This House Is Not for Sale Tour.


John Shanks has been married to Colleen Coffey since September 1994.