J.P. (John Paul) Cormier is a Canadian bluegrass singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He was born in London, Ontario in 1969 and began playing guitar around age 5. As a child he displayed an unusual ability to play a variety of instruments by ear and won a guitar contest at age 9. Mr. Cormier has stated that he learned to play guitar by listening to such noted country / bluegrass musicians as Chet Atkins and Doc Watson. Other instruments J.P. has played on his albums include fiddle, twelve string guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, drums, percussion, synthesizer, and piano.