It’s been several years of struggle but Jehan has finally completed his debut EP, “Shooting Ships and Sinking Stars”. Despite playing around Sydney in a variety of lineups it took many years to reform his sound from a few interesting pieces of guitar work to finally be able to express that voice in the back of his head. After a year in Latin America, he returned with a strong resolve to make his contribution to the world of music and began to play open mic nights, busk and the occasional house party.
The influence of Sigur Ros, Bon Iver, Jose Gonzalez, Radiohead, Josh Pyke, Damien Rice and other favourite artists began to become more apparent, although the sound still had that originality that a self-taught guitarist tends to have. If you do something different every day it becomes a bit better as each day passes and eventually you find yourself with something people aren’t completely familiar with.
He spent a year in Thailand traveling about with a guitar. The live music scene received him well and offered him many opportunities, especially in the North where he was able to play an early set at the Pai Reggae Festival. Upon his return he graduated in Arts at Sydney Uni and felt he had paid his lip service to the notion of a conventional life. It was time to spend his days playing music wherever there was a willing ear. Starting at the bottom, the going was slow. In 2008 he played over a hundred gigs, once even playing three times in a single day: and one of those gigs was in Newcastle. It was exhausting day for what was often a thankless task. But it felt right.
He later began to play with drummer Jeremy Nash and bassis Jacob Stretton in the “Ragged Few”. This lineup was to last five months and see opportunities start to present themselves. Although there were personal differences, the band remained together long enough to play at venues such as the Annandale, BarMe and Wesley Mission Auditorium. Jehan still played solo sets with a residency at the Roxbury in Glebe and playing a support gig for Mushu at the Supper Club. Towards the end of the year things had noticeable begun to pick up. The year of exhaustive gigging had brought him in touch with a slowing growing group of people that had begun to support his music. When offered a gig at the Basement supporting Saving Grace and the Winter People, he decided it was time to find the lineup the music was calling out for. Playing with Emma Trevena (Cello), Emily Margo (percussion) and arming himself with a stomp box, he suddenly found what he’d be searching for all these years.
During this time, he was put in touch with the producer Josh Schuberth (session musician for Josh Pyke, Paul Green and many more) and began to get ready to record his debut EP. It was recorded at Love Hz Studios in Annandale, Sydney, over several weeks and featured seven tracks. The reception has been very positive so far with some honorable mentions and a semi final placing in Mike Pinder’s Songwars, frequent airplay on FBi and a few licensing offers in the US.
This next year will see Jehan move to Melbourne to play more gigs and eventually start funding his own tours. Look out for him at an unlikely venue near you!
Jehan Gonsalkorale: Guitar and Vocals
"Shooting Ships and Sinking Stars" out now at CD Baby.
Single "At The Gate" has received frequent airplay on FBi radio.
At The Gate
Better Than Two
Upon Closed Eyes
The Mind's Design
At The Gate
At The Gate
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Jehan Gonsalkorale is an insanely talented songwriter with a deeply haunting vocal delivery. At The ...Jehan Gonsalkorale is an insanely talented songwriter with a deeply haunting vocal delivery. At The Gate tears at the heart and reveals what it means to awaken true emotion.
A seasoned performer from Sydney, Australia, Jehan performed 100 gigs in 8 months and the rewards seem to be paying off for him. It is with an open heart and an obvious love of people that Jehan's music touches us and reveals the true depths of his powerful songwriting abilities.
With pop appeal and catchy acoustic riffs Jehan has found a formula that seems to be really working for him. There is an honesty in his songwriting that can't be denied. Add this to a simple and attractive vocal vibe and you've got a winning combination that is sure to allow him to spread his unique musicality worldwide. An obvious talent with a guitar as witnessed on the track "Upon Closed Eyes" and Jehan can transform the hardest of emotions to jelly without so much as a word.
A wonderful songwriter and performer Jehan should expect to have an international appeal if he continues to deliver the depth of songwriting as heard on the tracks we had the pleasure of bending our ear to. Jehan delivers and does so with authority...
I do sets of half an hour to a full hour or more. My songs are various and many change consistently.
- Upon Closed Eyes (Instrumental)
- Nine Lives
- Better than Two
- At The Gate
- Hey ya (Cover)
- Save your Grace
- Garota de Ipanema (Cover)
- Surety Says
- You Don't Even Know me (Acoustic cover of popular dance song)
- Song From Pai
- The Mind's Design
- Billie Jean (Cover)
There are no upcoming dates at this time.