East Texan trained some of country's biggest stars


POSTED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 6:41pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 6:53pm

John DeFoore was the guitar and songwriting instructor for some country music favorites.

The East Texan helped mold some of country's biggest stars.

If you are a fan of country music, Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves are
household names.

DeFoore helped make them into the incredible performers they are today.

John DeFoore teaches aspiring musicians inside an old, brick building in Mineola.

"It's all I've ever done. The creativity, the freedom, being able to express your emotions and feelings," said DeFoore.

He's a proud teacher.

"My greatest fun is watching them grow and watching their excitement," said DeFoore.

He still teaches in the same room where he worked with Musgraves. It is the same building where he taught

DeFoore said Lambert was shy as a child.

"[Her parents] said  'Miranda come out and sing,' and she wouldn't come out and sing. She certainly got over that," said DeFoore.

Now you can hear signs of DeFoore's teaching in his student's songs.

"I think I've got pieces of at least 70 different songs of starts and stops of Kaceys and some of Mirandas," said DeFoore.

He said great songwriting separates Lambert and Musgraves from other musicians.

"Great voices are not enough anymore. This is the era of singer-songwriter," said DeFoore.

He loves to inspire students and watch them make it big.

"Watching people who couldn't think they could do it. It's amazing when people get excited and text me or call me to say, 'you won't believe what i just did'," Defoore said.

The successful teacher has watched his students do just that.

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