Jon DeLise

Jon DeLise

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Passionate vocals, emotion-laden provocative lyrics and acoustic guitar characterize this match up of accomplished singer/songwriter with textured and resonant backing from cello and percussion. Delivering a stellar and memorable live show is an absolute!

Biography

"It's a rare occasion, indeed, when a matchless soul rises from among the mayhem of what is the local music scene...especially when you enter into the saturated realm of acoustic artists. Take a fresh, deep breath and introduce yourself to one: Jon DeLise." (Ron Schock, Impact Artist Promotions)

Jon was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia in a family of classical musicians. Surrounded by music his entire life, he is fortunate to be firmly planted in the engineer's seat of this fast-moving train that is his divine calling. Jon's career has skyrocketed over the past few years and it's no wonder why - the piece he's pitching is solid, inspiring and captivating. He wrote, performed and co-produced "Two Steps Away" that was recorded by the legendary Patti Labelle (Island/DefJam) and released as a single on her TIMELESS JOURNEY album...an album that soared to #5 on the Billboard charts (R&B). Jon was personally invited by Labelle on a coast-to-coast tour as featured guitarist, which included live national TV appearances aired on Good Morning America, The Katarina Witt Skating Classics on NBC, The Tony Danza Show (ABC), and ABC's Welcome America July 4th Concert with Sir Elton John in 2005 and again in 2007 with Hall and Oates.

Jon recently had the opportunity to work with Labelle again as he was asked to produce the strings on the remake of her classic "You Are My Friend" on her latest album THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PATTI LABELLE, which spent over 8 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Gospel Charts.

Additionally, Jon wrote and performed "Hold On" (aka "The Piano Song") for Virgin Records recording artists, The Starting Line. "The Piano Song" became a cult smash hit among The Starting Line fans resulting in Jon's emotion-laden lyrics, guitar/piano tabs, and fan YouTube videos plastered across the internet.

To add to DeLise's quickly growing credentials, FOX Network recently licensed his song, "Two Steps Away", for placement in the hit reality show "So You Think You Can Dance 2008."

Most recently, Jon has teamed with Grammy nominated producer/engineer David Ivory (Silvertide (J Records), Halestorm (Atlantic), Patti Labelle, Erykah Badu, The Roots, etc.) to capture what is his "now."

[- JON DELISE IS PROUDLY SPONSORED & ENDORSED BY -]
- CF Martin Guitars
- Fishmann Tranducers Amps
- Impact Artist Promotions

[- FOR BUSINESS INQUIRIES -]

PRODUCTION / MANAGEMENT:
David Ivory
Ivory Productions
Phone: 215.591.9900
Email: david@ivoryproductions.com

TOURING / BOOKING / PRESS:
Robin Hinnant
Milestone Artist Representation
Phone: 704.778.3040
Email: robinhinnant@milestoneartists.com
IM: MilestoneAR

LEGAL:
Lloyd Zane Remick, Esq.
Zane Management
Phone: 215.575.3804
Email: info@zanemanagement.com

(EPK established 7/2/08)

Lyrics

Two Steps Away

Written By: Jon DeLise

It's hard to see the fear inside
As I walk away from you
And distance overcomes the miles
As slowly I pull through
And I cannot reach the world today
'cause I'm suffering from you
And the more I think, the more I cry
As I walk away from you

[Chorus:]
I'm two steps away
From loneliness
I'm awake
From the mess we made
I'm alive
And I'm feeling incomplete

I don't understand my life
Or the version that chose you
And the warring hearts and winter came
Now there's nothing left to do
And I cannot reach the world today
'cause I'm suffering from two
And the more I think, the more we die
As I walk away from you

[Chorus]

[Bridge:]
I'm two steps away
I'm two steps away
I'm two steps away
I'm two steps away

Two steps away
Two steps away
From loneliness
I'm awake
From the mess we made
I'm alive

Two steps away
Two steps away
Two steps away

Hold On (aka The Piano Song)

Written By: Jon DeLise

Her life was more than mine,
Like a proud shooting star into the night,
She crashed through the airwaves and ripped like a knife.
It was a bad disease; her searching was over, over.
Hold on to the light that guides you,
Hold on to the air that cools you,
Hold on, hold on to me

Her mind steadfast through time,
Her family stood by trying hard not to cry,
With patience and virtue, kept strong through the night, oh.
She never fell to her knees, her searching was over, over.

Hold on to the light that guides you,
Hold on to the air that cools you,
Hold on, hold on to me
Hold on to the light that guides you,
Hold on to the air that cools you,
Hold on, hold on to me

And then my eyes stretched out,
As I saw her hand slip away

Hold on to the light that guides you,
Hold on to the air that cools you,
Hold on, hold on to me
Hold on to the light that guides you,
Hold on to the air that cools you,
Hold on, hold on to me

Afterwords

Written By: Jon DeLise

[Verse 1]
You're feeling like emotions won't let you survive.
Kindness makes the world go round and, people make you cry.
It's like something takes control - of your mind.
Conversation kills the wounds that heal with sadness, through time.

[Pre chorus:]
Sometimes oceans are the only things that survive.

[Chorus:]
Afterwords, afterwords, afterwords

[Verse 2:]
The madness and the anger fill you up- confusion sets in.
Could you be a little bit more undressed right now.
You both are earth; and you feel like sand.
Eclipsed by the clips that run past your mind -

Back Again

Written By: Jon DeLise

[Verse 1]
It's too late. Cause now I'm beaten down
Punch drunk, and taken for all I'm worth
I know I know tonight you left me here alone, in the cold cold rain, for the last time.

[Verse 2]
So what's next, you rip my heart out of my chest
At least than I can see it, flutter on the floor
And I've been beat before strip down, but then you took the shoes you bought me and walked out the door.

[Chorus:]
But you'll come back again
Back again, to let it all go down
You'll come back again
Tonights lesson was learned, for the last time

[Verse 3:]
And I been hear before-
So much lost and now it burns
I am life like and life like I am
This is all I know -
And now I'm standing here alone -

Set List

The Start
Two Steps Away
Back Again
Ella's Song
Over
Listen
You Make Life Beautiful
Afterwords
Rush Hour

[Set time can vary as needed up to 1 hour]

Live Format: Solo to Trio (w/ cello & percussion). More elaborate productions possible.