John Wesley, also known as Wes Dearth (born John Wesley Dearth, III in June 1962) is an American singer, songwriter and guitar player. John Wesley’s professional music career began in the early 1980s in the Tampa, Florida area where he founded 1991 Southwestern Music Conference’s showcase act Autodrive along with drummer/producer Mark Prator. In 1998, Wesley and ex-White Lion frontman Mike Tramp were the opening act for the Peter Frampton/Lynyrd Skynyrd tour. Following this was several world tours with Marillion’s former singer Fish. In 2001, John Wesley was the primary co-writer of Fish’s Fellini Days album. Most recently, John Wesley has performed as sideman, guitarist/vocalist for Porcupine Tree, during the In Absentia, Deadwing, Fear of a Blank Planet and The Incident world tours.In March 2013, Wesley performed with Sound of Contact as their live guitarist for the Marillion Weekend concert in Montreal. He then joined the band for their European tour in May 2013 and was a part of two Sound of Contact music videos produced in relation to the band’s debut album, Dimensionaut. Other musicians Wesley has worked beside include Sean Malone, Steve Hogarth and Steve Rothery. He has also performed as an occasional fill-in bassist and lead guitarist for Florida-based group Sister Hazel.
Under the Red and White Sky (1994)
The Closing of the Pale Blue Eyes (1995)
The Emperor Falls (1998)
Chasing Monsters (2002)
John Wesley:TEN (2004)
The Lilypad Suite (2011)
A Way You’ll Never Be (2016)