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Who is Zac Brown Band member John Driskell Hopkins?

ZAC BROWN Band is an award-winning country music band first formed in 2002.

On Friday, May 20, 2022, band member John Driskell Hopkins announced his diagnosis of ALS in a video shared on YouTube.


John Driskell Hopkins is a longtime member of the Zac Brown Band

Who is John Driskell Hopkins?

Born on May 3, 1971, John Driskell Hopkins – known primarily as Hop – is from Gainesville, Georgia.

In 1993, Hop graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in theater.

He began performing as a musician in college, leading a band known as The Woodpeckers.

Hop moved to Atlanta and formed the band Brighter Shade in 1996.

Who is Zac Brown Band member John Driskell Hopkins?
Who is Zac Brown Band member John Driskell Hopkins?

Around the same time, Hop first met fellow musician Zac Brown.

The two formed a close bond and Hop joined the Zac Brown Band in 2005.

Hop continued to work with other bands throughout his career – Balsam Range and The Bloody Wolves of Venice being two of them.

Hop learned of his diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in December 2021, but kept the news private until the following May.

What is ALS?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a rare neurological disease nicknamed after baseball legend Lou Gehrig.

Gehrig died in 1941, just two years after being diagnosed with the disease.

ALS is a fatal, incurable neuromuscular disease that affects the voluntary muscles of the body.

Progressive muscle weakness leads to paralysis and eventually death.

The disease attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

Motor neurons, which control the movement of voluntary muscles, deteriorate and cause stiffness, twitching and weakness.

Due to its detrimental effects on the body, ALS eventually leads to difficulty in speaking, swallowing, and breathing.

Eventually, the disease causes complete paralysis, and patients often die of respiratory failure.

Who is Zac Brown Band member John Driskell Hopkins?


The Zac Brown group formed in the early 2000s and continue to perform together

What did John Driskell Hopkins say about ALS?

In the video shared on the Zac Brown Band YouTube account, John Driskell Hopkins officially announced his diagnosis of ALS.

“I have some tough news to share…over the past few years I’ve noticed balance issues and some stiffness in my hands,” Hop began.

“After careful analysis by some of the best neurologists in the country, I was diagnosed with ALS.”

Hop continued, “Because my symptoms have been slowly progressing from the start, we believe they will continue to progress slowly in the future.

“God willing, I plan to rock with these amazing people for many years to come.”

Who is Zac Brown Band member John Driskell Hopkins?
Who is Zac Brown Band member John Driskell Hopkins?

Once his diagnosis was revealed, Hop started an ALS charity fund called Hop On A Cure.

Donations can be made online or by texting “HOP” to 345-345.

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