Jon Call

Jon Call

 Portland, Maine, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

If folk, jazz, soul and reggae all ran through stop signs and collided, Jon Call would very well be the result of that crash. Checkout my Website at: www.joncallmusic.com

Biography

Jon grew up listening to his father’s lullabies, his grandmother’s piano and his mother’s record collection of soul and country music. He credits his strong sense of rhythm to the days spent dancing around the house to those classic songs.

When his high school's Select Chorus group won the Gold Medal at an annual statewide music festival Jon went on to perform as a vocal soloist at Symphony Hall in Boston. He recalls, "It was a great feeling to sing my solo where so many wonderful musicians had performed."

After high school, Jon was accepted to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, again separating him from the musical pack. After careful consideration, he decided to overstep Berklee and begin working directly on his music career. Jon then relocated to Portland, Maine and attended the University of Southern Maine's intensive Jazz program while writing and recording music for his first release. “Simple” was released independently in 2004.

The summer of 2006 saw Jon performing in front of his largest audience to date, "as many people as the eye could see." The event was Portland, Maine’s annual Old Port Festival. His solo set was a huge hit with the crowd and his inventory of CDs sold out immediately after his performance. This reaffirmed his faith in people and their need for music as inspiration. 2006 also saw another independent release, “Change”. This sophomore release reveals Jon's maturity as a songwriter, reaching far beyond his age in years.

Jon has opened for artists ranging from regional favorites such as Jason Spooner to the legendary Livingston Taylor. About his fans, Jon says, "I think I get the most comments about my performance style. People tell me that it's been a long time since they have seen a solo performer have fun like I do onstage. I think of singing as a release, if the song makes me dance or stomp or jump, that's what it was suppose to do. If the song makes me think, then I think. The music dictates what I do, not the other way around."

Jon has played at:

MAINE

The Maple Room
The North Star Cafe
Starbucks
The Common Ground Fair
Portland Peace Festival
The Dogfish Bar & Grille
One Longfellow Square
Granny's Burritos
The Asylum
Acoustic Coffee
Falmouth High School
Gorham Grind
The University of Southern Maine
Chickey's Fine Dinner
Spring Street

MASS

The Lizard Lounge
Mocha Maya's
Bridgeside Grille
Greenfield High School
Tufts University

NEW HAMPSHIRE

The Blue Mermaid

Radio stations playing Jon's music:

WMFO 91.5 Tufts University,
WMPG 90.9 Universtiy of Southern Maine,
WCLZ 98.9 Portland ME,
WBLM 102.9 Portland ME

Accomplishments:

Finalist in the Starbucks Music Makers Competition 2007.

Lyrics

My Ship

Written By: Jon Call

Would you be my ship
my mast and sail and wind
could you be my love if I go
if I go
Would you be my rock
my island in the sea
could you find my love if I leave
if I leave

Would you halt all time
hold those hands like you hold to mine
could our love stand up to the trials
to the trials
I would give you peace
set your mind and your soul at ease
if it were done so simply
so simply

and baby you know the new year's comin'
and it aint the same way it's always been
but time it comes and it comes so slow
and last years gone babe it's time to go

Would it break my mast
How long would this little ship last
would it prove too much for love
for love

would the water creep
in the cracks and in the seams
would it all fall to peices as I sleep
as I sleep

would my island sweet
charge to the depths of a deep blue sea
stopping only once to breath
and be free be free

and baby you know the new year's comin'
and it aint the same way it's always been
but time it comes and it comes so slow
and last years gone babe it's time to go

This is a Song for You

Written By: Jon Call

This is a song for you
poor boys out on the streets
livin' life at 80 proof
with nothing but a bottle and your drunken truths

This is a song for you
wild ones without no rules
living life like it's there to lose
in a hurry...gotta make it through

This is a song for you
men with marble hearts
put away that awful noose
in the box next to your shopping cart

This is a song for you
I wish it wern't so true
it's not what we choose
but what we do and how we do it to

It seems society is blinded and it's cold
rich men say it's a burrden you put on
that's why for you I wrote this song

This is a song for you
desperate and angry youth
stop all your fussin' soon
if your lost go out and find yourself

This is a song for you
lay no mistake to that
it's not what you get but what you give said what you give back

This is a song for you
broken and honest few
out there it's all a ruse
besides your bound to break once or twice

This is a song for you
I wish it wern't so true
it's not what we choose
but what we do and how we do it to

It seems society is blinded and it's cold
rich men say it's a burrden you put on
that's why for you I wrote this song

Discography

Album: The Playtime Music Session
Released: Feb. 23rd 2008

Album: Change
Released: Summer 2006

Album: Simple
Released: Summer 2004

Set List

Typically I will play 1-2hours of original music.
I can play longer if needed

Originals:

Cold- 4:00
Change-4:25
Lift me up- 3:45
New day- 3:10
A sons song- 5:40
Gunner Man- 4:00
Energy- 2:40
On my way- 4:00
Take A Couple Steps- 3:50
Slow Train 3:40
Addiction song-5:15
Restless- 4:10
Journey- 3:30
Willow- 4:25
Lonely soul- 3:20
My Ship- 4:00
Aint no use-3:30
This is a song for you- 4:50
Get Down- 4:00

Covers upon request.