Training: John trained as actor at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London.
Pirelli in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (London Coliseum, English National Opera), The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary UK Tour, Jean Valjean in Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Tour, (for which he won the 2010 Manchester Evening News Award for Best Actor), The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera (London) – John has performed the role more times in the West End production than any actor in the show’s history. Jean Valjean in Les Miserables (London, Broadway and UK tour) – John first performed Valjean at the age of 26 and remains the youngest actor to play the role. Ravenal in Showboat (Royal Albert Hall, London), Mr Erlanson in A Little Night Music (Royal National Theatre), Herr Zeller in The Sound of Music (West Yorkshire Playhouse) Antipholus of Ephesus/Antipholus of Syracuse (Harrogate Theatre), Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance (Regent’s Park), Mr Snow in Carousel (Royal Festival Hall, London), Lorenzo in The Merchant of Venice (Harrogate Theatre), Friar Francis in Much Ado about Nothing (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Middle East Tour), Valere in Le Medecin Volant (West Yorkshire Playhouse) Cleante in Moliere’s The Hypochondriac (West Yorkshire Playhouse). John has appeared in workshops for The Ladies Paradise (RNT Studio), The Devil’s Advocate (GSA), Berlin the Musical (Bloomsbury Theatre), Sister Act the Musical (Arts Theatre) and Grand Slam the Musical (Wales Millennium Centre)
TV and Radio:
In The Flesh (BBC), The Bill, Scott and Bailey, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, The Royal Variety Show 2010 and 2011, (ITV). John has appeared numerous times as a singing guest on shows such as The Alan Titchmarsh Show and This Morning (ITV), The Elaine Paige Show (Sky TV), Songs of Praise and Children in Need (BBC). As well as appearing as a guest on many radio stations across the UK he has presented a show for BBC Radio Wales and appears regularly on Friday Night is Music Night on BBC Radio 2.
Concerts and special events:
John has appeared all over the world in concert including most recently a number of sell out solo shows in Japan. He was part of the Valjean Quartet special finale at the O2 Arena, London for the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert and was also part The Four Phantoms Special Finale at the Royal Albert Hall, London for the 25th Anniversary Concert of The Phantom of the Opera. Both shows have been screened worldwide in cinemas and on television. He also appeared as part of a special finale of Phantom in New York to celebrate the show’s 25th Anniversary performance on Broadway and appeared as The Phantom at The Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow as part of the show’s premiere in Russia. Other notable concert appearances include appearing as a special guest on Katherine Jenkins UK tour 2015, The Three Phantoms in Concert (UK and Scandinavian Tour), several Welsh National Eisteddfod concerts, The Faenol Festival with Michael Ball and Ruthie Henshall and the Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London. As a director, John has worked on Broadway to the Bay (Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff) and A Night at the Musicals with Bryn Terfel and Maria Friedman (Royal Philharmonic Hall Liverpool).
John co-wrote and sang a track on Love on 42nd Street by Dan and Laura Curtis and was a guest artist on Surrounded by the Sounds by Tim Prottey-Jones. He has appeared on demo recordings of Three Sides, Spittin’ Distance, Berlin, Inconnu and An American Victory. He can be heard singing the role of Jean Valjean on Les Miserables: Live! (2010) and on Bring Him Home charity single by the Valjean Quartet (2010)
He has produced and released two limited edition singles May Each Day (2012) and O Holy Night (2013), a 5-track e.p.Hallelujah e.p. (2006) and three full solo albums: John Owen-Jones (2009), Unmasked (2012) and his latest album Rise (2015). He has also released two albums in 2015 through Sony Records Japan – Rise and Music of the Night.