Waite first came to prominence as the vocalist and bassist of the English rock outfit The Babys, best known for the hits "Isn't It Time?" and "Every Time I Think of You" in the late 1970s. That group disbanded in 1980 and Waite went on to a very successful solo career, scoring a Number One U.S. hit with "Missing You."
In 1988, Waite teamed up with former Babys members Jonathan Cain and Ricky Phillips, along with Neil Schon and drummer Deen Castronovo to form the super group Bad English. At the time Cain and Schon were also members of Journey, which was on hiatus for a few years. Bad English went to the top of the charts with the Diane Warren ballad "When I See You Smile." The group dissolved in 1992, and Waite resumed his solo career.
Countless musicians of far lesser accomplishment have probably made similar statements regarding their own personal creative process, but when the confession comes from John Waite – whose been successfully writing, recording and performing some of the most listenable, enduring and appreciated popular music for more than 35 years – one cannot help but both recognize and marvel at the shimmering legacy of this British born rock star.