5 things you didn't know about John Splithoff

John Splithoff is one of the rising stars of the pop genre. Blending together pop and soul in ways other artists haven't tried, he's created catchy singles like "Make It Happen" which you can listen to by playing the video above. But do you really know him yet? Check out 5 things you didn't know about John Splithoff below, then get your tickets to his upcoming live shows at AXS.

1) He graduated from the University of Miami

Though born in Chicago and currently based in New York, Splithoff took a detour to the Southeast when he attended college. According to his official biography, he enrolled at the University of Miami. What did he study as a Miami Hurricane? Jazz and songwriting, of course! He then headed north to New York City, and the rest is music history.

2) He "accidentally" found out he could sing

Splithoff had an interest in music from a young age, but it took him a bit longer to realize his talent as a singer. Per an interview with Billboard, he "accidentally" discovered his vocal ability when a high school friend encouraged him to audition for the school's singing group. Not only did he get in, but he was the youngest member of the group!

3) He originally wanted to play baseball

The Billboard interview also reveals that one of Splithoff's childhood ambitions was to become a professional baseball player. What kid growing up in Chicago wouldn't want to play for the Cubs? But while his World Series dreams never came to pass, Splithoff did get to sing the National Anthem before a Cubs game in August. He's also performed wearing a Chicago Bulls jersey.

4) The Backstreet Boys are fans

Splithoff got a thumbs-up from one of the biggest acts in pop back in 2016. The Backstreet Boys included his song "Sing To You" on their official Spotify playlist of the "Best In Pop." He was number three on the playlist, too, behind only songs by OneRepublic and Shawn Mendes. That's a pretty impressive endorsement!

5) He's also a really great cover artist

He might just have released his debut EP, but when you've listened to all his original music, don't miss Splithoff's cover of the classic "Only You" by The Platters. He's able to take the song and reinvigorate it for a whole new generation. So not only can he sing from his heart, but he can get to the heart of other people's music as well. It doesn't seem like there's much he can't do, so be sure to keep an eye (and ear) out for him!

For more on John Splithoff, visit his artist page at AXS.