Jonny McG

Jonny McG

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His music sounds like soundtracks to lives not yet lived... Jonathan writes music that deserves to be stuck in your head for days, and his alter-ego Jonny McG's performances will move your feet and your heart. All that talent, along with his sincere voice and unique style will leave wondering why you haven't already bought several of his albums!

Biography

Originally born in Niagara, Jonathan grew up in an environment of music, surrounded by family who played instruments and friends who would regularly visit to jam. By the age of 12 he had leaned to play drums, piano and guitar, and by 14 he was writing songs and performing in his high school production of Grease!

Seeking creativity and inspiration, Jon relocated to the west coast after high school, landing gigs in Banff, Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria, Tofino, where he developed his unique pop friendly style of high energy acoustic music and thoughtful ballads. He pulled inspiration from living and loving on his own terms, reminiscent of songwriters from the Beatles to Coldplay. His music is always characterized by his unmistakable voice and well-crafted lyrics and catchy hooks and today his repetoir of original music includes over 100 outstanding songs. Highlights include performances at the Fernie Folk Festival, the Victoria Folk Festival and the Banff Center for the Arts.

He returned to Niagara and dedicated himself to the local music scene there, starting his own company, Eruption Productions. Numerous successful events included food-drives and fundraisers. In the summer of 2000, he accepted a high-profile gig at the Hard Rock Cafe and Casino Niagara as the musical director and performed hundreds of shows in front of thousands of toursists.

Most recently Jonathan has relocated to Toronto to make the most of the opportunities for artists in Canada’s Cultural Capital. Here he hopes to offer his skills as a versatile songwriter and dynamic performer. His next goal is bring his high-energy performances to the Ontario Festival Circuit as he did out West and focus more on the up and coming Ontario Folk Music Scene as a cross-over new-folk/pop artist. He recently completed a professionally recorded EP of his best music which can be heard by downloading songs like "Even If" or "Lately" which illustrate his abilty to tell tales through music that will inspire.

When performing, Jonathan uses his alter-ego Jonny Mc-G (mick-jee) a nickname his friends gave him in high-school. Some of those friends are now a part of his band which features outstanding musicians he has known for years. His shows demonstrate why he is known not just as a great songwriter, but a truly entertaining performer.

His releases include most recently "Romance for Sale" (EP, 2004), "No Surprise" (EP, 2001) and "Guess That's How it Goes" (EP, 1999) as well as singles "Outta My Head" (2000) and "American Pretend"(2002). He hopes to perform this summer around the GTA and in some of Ontario’s Folk Festivals.

Stay tuned for more outstanding music and performances from this talented and unique composer!

Lyrics

Even If

Written By: Jonathan McGowan

Even If
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VERSE 1
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she wants to run, to thumb out to somewhere,

just anywhere, she really dont care

she needs to breathe the breeze, the wind in her hair!

I want to drive, to leave my life behind

just hit the road, the highway and drive

I need to breathe the breeze
to be feeling alive!

CHORUS 1
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and even if the wind won't let you drive

even if stars refuse to shine

if you hitch a ride with me tonight

we'll run away together

even if the wind wont let you drive

even if the stars fall from the sky

if you hitch a ride with me tonight

well run away together

well run away together

VERSE 2
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she sees in me someone she longs to be

i see in her the perfect type girl

if she believes in me, we can change the world

she wants to run, to hide behind someone

just anyone's too easy to find

she needs someone like me

who can blow her mind!

CHORUS 2
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VERSE 3
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spoken word, solo...

Lately

Written By: Jonathan McGowan

LATELY
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VERSE 1
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there oh so many people with a love they never found...

and all you have to do is go and take a look around...

makes me how i ever came to have a girl as good as you...

and i wonder just how much you know i really love you true...

CHORUS 1
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have i said to you lately, that i wanted you baby,
that i needed you badly, that i wanted you daily...

have i said you complete me, nearly every way...

you need to know right now, i wanted to say...

that id assumed
you would know that its true

VERSE 2
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there are oh so many things that i would love for you to know

all the things about me that i never would 've shown

all the little things about me i can only show to you

like the way you make me feel that there aint nothing i cant do

Love 2 Love U

Written By: Jonathan McGowan

Loved 2 Love U
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VERSE 1
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loved to love you
like i used to
like i longed to
free and hold you

girl im seeking
finds me sinking
she dives deep in
lets love sink in

CHORUS
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hold on to me, dont let go
hold on to me, dont let go
hold on to me, dont let go
feel yourself heal, let love flow

hold on to me, dont let go
hold on to me, dont let go
hold on to me, dont let go
hold on to me close
so you can feel me, healing

VERSE 2
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healed in no time
soon i knew i
needed to fly
you want to try

you kept shrieking
ground stop leaving
seagull leave me!
walled in lonely...

CHORUS
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open up your heart - let go
open up your heart - let go
open up your heart - let go
open up your - let love flow

open up your heart - let go
open up your heart - let go
open up your heart - let go
open up your heart - so you can feel me feeling

VERSE 3
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loved to love you
like i used to
like i longed to
free and hold you

Discography

"Outta My Head" (single 2000)
"American Pretend"(single 2002)

"Guess That's How it Goes" (EP, 1999)
"No Surprise" (EP, 2001)
"Romance for Sale" (EP 2004)

Set List

Set List (Can be from any of over 100 original songs)
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Even If
Hooked (Upon Your Love)
Chasing Rainbow's
Hypnotism
Find Away
Wild Fire
Love 2 Love U