John also is involved in a singing/prison ministry, focusing on the Ohio corrections system.
He is founder and director of Common Ground Ministries, a unique singing ministry based in Berlin, Ohio, with a focus on prisons in the Ohio Corrections system.
John's unique style of singing, a blend of country, folk and gospel with a touch of the contemporary, has gained audiences in a wide variety of settings; from prisons to embassies; back porches to concert halls; schools, rest homes, churches, army bases, banquets... His honest, genuine voice is easy to listen to and his message is made acceptable through humor, true life stories, a love for people, and a wide variety of songs.
He has sung in many states as well as thirty different countries across the world. He has opened for well-known stars such as Tom T. Hall, Connie Smith, Johnny Paycheck, Jim & Jesse, Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs and others. (In Sept. 2004 he was going to open for Randy Travis, but a tornado came through town ïŒ).
He is married to Lydia and has three children. They sometimes sing as a family, depending on their three teenagers' schedules. The Schmids reside near Berlin, Ohio.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Sie Kummt Rum Da Berg
2. Boana Sup Un Laadvech Brot
3. Komm Gib Mir Diene Hand
4. Ich Hab Ein Gleene Bussly Kot
5. Wann Der Tschog Awwer En Loch Hot
6. Muss I Denn
7. So Viel Wadda
8. Doktor Eisenbart
9. Bubbly Mandy
10. O Wie Wohl Ist Mir Am Abend
11. Mude Bin Ich
12. Mir Schlachta'n Alda Hawna
13. Un Guwti Tsait
14. Pennsylvania Deutsch Lullaby
15. Supper Zeit
16. Sundaags, Wann Ich In Die Gma Geh
17. Ach Wenn Ich Ja Gedenk Daran
18. Bald, Ja Bald
19. Wie Schon Muss Der Himmel Doch Sein
20. Lebt Friedsam