John Wayne Schulz was born on September 29, 1987, in Columbus, Montana. He hails from Karnes City, TX, where he grew up on an 800-acre ranch working cattle. To John, being an authentic cowboy is “not so much how you dress…it’s more about who you are inside. John Wayne first appeared on American Idol on February 2, 2011. When asked what brought him to Idol auditions, he said, “just fulfillin’ a promise” – to Momma!