JON AND THE JONES / BRIAN STANLEY
Jon Moodie, the frontman of Jon & the Jones resides in NYC, a far cry from his life-long home in a quiet town in the Catskills.
His rare voice, a sultry instrument of its own, bites, shakes, and entrances while his flow takes one down into the blues.
From boy prodigy on trumpet to guitar, music led Jon to his core talents as a singer and songwriter.
Jon formed Grassroots Beginnings with John Bernstein and went into the studio with Grammy-nominated producer John White to record a debut EP.
In 2010, Jon was signed to an exclusive songwriter deal by Big House Publishing and in February 2012, produced ten solo songs.
Blogger Loren DiBlasi notes, “Armed only with a guitar and a powerful, enchanting voice, Jon Moodie is a genre-bending storyteller poised to make some serious waves. Equal parts blues, rock, indie, and even reggae, Moodie takes the notion of the folksy singer-songwriter and turns it on its head– and then some.”
In 2012, Moodie was encouraged to put a band together featuring drummer Helen Destroy and bassist Brian Stanley. Within four months they knocked out an album’s worth of material. Moodie says, “Each track bares a solitary facet of us as a rock band, and it’s really this album as a body of work and the ones to come that begin to define us.” Notable performances at The Mercury Lounge, BB King’s, The Williamsburg Film Festival and on The Jimmy Lloyd Songwriter Showcase helped define Jon and the Jones further.
In 2013, Jon and the Jones were signed to BHiMG. The first single off the LP, “Firebreather” premiered on GuitarWorld.com. This track and the remainder of the album were recorded in part at Jungle City with engineer Dan Tobiason and tracked with co-producer Al Hemberger at The Loft Bronxville, and mixed by Jeremy Cimino. The LP is set to release during fall 2014.
Former editor Drew Hopkins of “Spin” and “Interview” says: “Jon Moodie is a talent as large, subtle and complex as I have encountered, with a voice as soulful as his melodies are haunting, and lyrics that speak as movingly of sorrow as of love, of bitter regret as of transcendent joy. In Jon Moodie, I believe may be found a talent that could well come to define a generation.”
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