John Mays, VP of A&R for Centricity, is one of Christian music’s most respected executives, having worked in A&R at Word, Sparrow, and Star Song Records before serving as president of Benson Records. Over his 35-year career, Mays discovered and signed Point Of Grace, Scott Krippayne, Cindy Morgan, Matt Redman, Nichole Nordeman, Warren Barfield, and the Passion worship recordings.
Mays helped found Centricity Music in 2005 where his A&R efforts have contributed to the signing and development of Downhere, Jason Gray, Aaron Shust, Carrollton, Unspoken, Jordan Feliz and Lauren Daigle.
He began his career in music at 17 as a musician, eventually landing jobs as a bass player with several bands and many Christian music recordings during the ’80s. Along the way, he co-wrote “Love In Any Language,” a career song for Sandi Patty included in CCM’s list of 100 greatest Christian songs.
The Andrews, TX, native has been married to Dianne for 40 years and continues to brag on his two kids, Kelsey and John Austin, a teacher and vet student respectively, and, the exciting addition of Avery - the only Grand-baby ever to be born.
When asked about his life philosophy, John says, “There aren’t too many problems that can’t be helped by a Mac computer, some Mexican food, or a trip to Texas.”