A whiskey soaked voice and a pedigree as a songwriter of 4 studio albums to date; Jon was discovered by legendary guitarist Mark Knopfler who heard him singing at a party in West London. He subsequently toured with the guitar icon supporting him at Wembley Arena and on the rest of the European leg of the ‘All The Road Runners’ tour with Emmy Lou Harris. Mark Knopfler also played guitar and sang on his song ‘Sarah’ that appears on his debut album ‘Dead Man’s Suit’
More success came for Jon when his song ‘Going Home’ was chosen for a worldwide TV advert for a well known four-wheel drive vehicle. In the wake of this Jon signed a distribution deal for his first album with UK Label Absolute who have since released all his future output.
In the last ten years Jon has carved out a niche as a recording artist and live performer supporting such acts as Damien Rice, Brian May, Seal and Dionne Warwick whom he supported at the Albert Hall. His songs and distinctive voice can be heard across films and TV both here and in America. In the UK he has appeared on the iconic Later With Jools Holland TV show and as part of the BBC’s coverage of Glastonbury.
When not working on his own material Jon has written songs for many established and up and coming artists.
His new album ‘…Meanwhile’ is release in spring 2021.
“Most of this album was recorded at home. There were a few key people who saved me from the madness or, as Quincy Jones once said ‘the paralysis of analysis’ that comes when you don’t have another creative mind to give you perspective on what you are doing. Two old friends, that I went to The Liverpool Institute Of Performing Arts with, brothers Adam and Dan Skinner were able to get me over the line with this record, Adam adding the wonderful string arrangements on two of the songs ‘Blame At All On Me’ and ‘How Long’ and Dan who improved my best efforts as a mix engineer bringing an openness and space to the sound that was missing”.
“What to say of the end result. I am always too close to things to be objective. All I can say is I go back to these recordings and I still enjoy listening to them which is something, considering how many times I’ve heard them already. Like everybody else in these times, I feel as if we have all been through a gamut of emotions, I think this record reflects that. The songs Western Shore, Can’t Hold Back The Sun and Hold On were written at the height of lock down and reflect the hopes, anxieties and frustrations of that moment”
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