Jono

Jono

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"One of the finest singer/songwriters to emerge in recent years" - Jim Gellatly, BBC Radio Scotland ... "Jono's live performance smacked me right between the eyes and ears!" - Jim Symon, Radio Clyde2 ... "Jono's voice has this texture to it that makes everything seem alright" - Alex Baker, Kerrang!

Biography

"One of the finest singer/songwriters to emerge in recent years" - Jim Gellatly, John Peel Award Winning DJ

Scottish singer/songwriter Jono started recording his songs aged 13 when his dad got him a 4-track cassette recorder. His father had been in rock-n-roll bands and mother in theatre. Fast forward to his 20’s. Jono has recorded his own material, gigged in many bands and is producing for local, signed and charting artists.

"Hauntingly beautiful acoustic sounds; the prodigious talent of singer/songwriter Jono" - Russell Kane, QRadio

He was due to inherit the family business; a manufacturing company where he worked as a graphic designer. But Jono walked away from the security of this future to produce his own debut solo album. Following the release of his first single “Silver Nails” Jono was voted artist of the week on XFM’s Music:Response show, featured in the Scottish Sun, and in his first interview as a solo artist on BBC Radio WM Drivetime.

"Fantastic! Great! Totally fresh, original music... I love it!" - Paul Franks, BBC Radio WM

Rounded yet rugged, refined yet raw, Jono launched his album “Sentimental Anarchist”, built around his infectious voice, lyrics, melodies and acoustic guitar style, to critical acclaim. Every song and lyric written, every voice sung, instrument played by, every sound produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Jono in his Glasgow flat.

"The album was blinding; one of the best albums I heard in ages" - Carol Cunningham, Music News Scotland

Jim Gellatly made “Sentimental Anarchist” album, and “Stuck in the City” single of the week on his show. The guerrilla-approach video for “Stuck in the City” reached no.83 most watched UK music video on YouTube, and went on to win Jono first place for UK Undiscovered 2010 in association with Muzu TV.

"I like Jono's song 'Stuck in the City' a lot! It's REALLY catchy!" - Alex Zane, TV and Radio Presenter

With a full band for the album launch, Jono packed out the 450 capacity Classic Grand, then embarked on a UK acoustic tour in his estate vehicle (come bed). BBC and local radio stations got behind him; every day Jono would be on the air for interviews/sessions prior to his evening gig. He has been touring regularly ever since.

"Jono holds his own in the company of Jack Johnson and Newton Faulkner" - David Esson, Sunday Express

Features in local and national press also included The Daily Record, The Evening Times, The Metro, and radio stations such as Q Radio (Russell Kane), BBC6 Music (Tom Robinson), BBC Radio Scotland (Jim Gellatly), BBC Radio Wales (Alan Thompson), Myspace Radio (Alex Zane), Kerrang! (Alex Baker), XFM (Martin Bate)...

"Jono's voice has this texture to it that makes everything seem alright" - Alex Baker, Kerrang! Radio

Jono has been compared to many prominent singer/songwriters like John Mayer, Kelly Jones, Jeff Buckley, Jason Mraz, Paolo Nutini, Jack Johnson, Newton Faulkner, James Morrison and even Paul Simon. But while there may be some similarities, Jono maintains a distinctive style shaped by eclectic influences such as: The Police, Bob Marley, Guns n Roses, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against the Machine, Underworld, Daft Punk and Basement Jaxx.

"The rasp in Jono's voice gives Paolo Nutini a run for his money" - Alan Morrison, The Sunday Herald

On a skiing break at the beginning of 2009 Jono suffered a violent fall, coming inches from death, and smashing up his left shoulder. He flew home for an operation with no guarantee of being able to play guitar again. Jono had already been invited to the Red Stripe Awards so he sang in a sling, using a laptop with his guitar parts on it.

"With one of his wings seriously clipped Jono managed to pull off a mesmerizing set" - Clare Dixon, RedStripe

Following intensive physiotherapy, Jono is now singing, playing guitar, gigging and touring again with a vigour like he has never known, happy that he is still alive and able to play the guitar. With this renewed energy Jono’s solo performances leave new audiences stunned, while familiar crowds in his hometown of Glasgow scream out lyrics. At the moment his time is constantly filled with either writing, recording, producing, gigging and/or touring.

"Jono's live performance smacked me right between the eyes and ears!" - Jim Symon, Radio Clyde2

Lyrics

Stuck In The City

Written By: Jono

Sometimes I want to make headlines and shock all the world with the knowledge in my mind

But I imagine I can’t find the answers we seek when I’m sitting in the spotlight

Because I’m in the city - I’m in the city - My mind keeps tripping; my heart is slipping away

Because I’m in the city - I’m in the city - My mind keeps tripping; my heart is slipping - My feet start skipping - I’m in the city today

Next time I promise we’ll be fine and now that I’ve gone I just wanted to say bye

I’ll find my way to the next life by walking away from this old lie - see you on the other side

Because I’m in the city - I’m in the city - My mind keeps tripping; my heart is slipping away

Because I’m in the city - I’m in the city - My mind keeps tripping; my heart is slipping - My feet start skipping - I’m in the city today - I’m stuck in the city

City - I’m lost in the city - I’ve got to fight my way right out of the city

Because I’m in the city - I’m in the city - My mind keeps tripping; my heart is slipping away

Because I’m in the city - I’m in the city - My mind keeps tripping; my heart is slipping - My feet start skipping - I’m in the city today - I’m stuck in the city

Silver Nails

Written By: Jono

My thoughts are like silver nails running through my head - My mind like this silver nail lying in my bed

I never thought I could get enough; I'd given up on a thing called love; my heart was battered bruised and broken, ow

I said the sky was falling down; I laid my soul upon the ground with every word that could be spoken, yeah

My thoughts are like silver nails running through my head - My mind like this silver nail lying in my bed

I went to sit down with my friends it was A&R and the super gems; walked in the room it started spinning, oh

Visions of insanity and losing touch with humanity but I made my way back to the beginning, yeah

My thoughts are like silver nails running through my head - My mind like this silver nail lying in my bed

Follow through until the end - Don’t fall through; I’ll change the end

My thoughts are like silver nails running through my head - My mind like this silver nail lying in my bed

Nothin Like That

Written By: Jono

It’s time to get up now but my eyes are feeling heavy; don’t know what I’m doing anymore

I’ve got to run around and make sure I am ready but I don’t hear a knocking on my door

You know what I’m trying to tell ya but I can’t do it for you said I cant do nothin like that no I cant do nothin like that

You know what I’m trying to give ya but I can’t get it for you said I cant do nothin like that no I cant do nothin like that

I’ve got to clean it up yeah make my home real shiny; don’t know what I’m thinking anymore

Guess I could run away and leave this mess untidy but I just want to know what it is for

You know what I’m trying to tell ya but I can’t do it for you said I cant do nothin like that no I cant do nothin like that

You know what I’m trying to give ya but I can’t get it for you said I cant do nothin like that no I cant do nothin like that

I can’t get away from my mind and all the things I have left behind

We’ve got to work real hard and make a lot of money; don’t know what I’m feeling anymore

The government’s assured that things will turn out sunny but I just want to lay down on this floor

You know what I’m trying to tell ya but I can’t do it for you said I cant do nothin like that no I cant do nothin like that

You know what I’m trying to give ya but I can’t get it for you said I cant do nothin like that no I cant do nothin like that

Discography

Single: "Silver Nails"
Single: "Stuck In The City"
Album: "Sentimental Anarchist"

All have streaming audio and have received much radio airplay in the UK and even across the world

Set List

My typical set list consists of my own songs, anywhere between half an hour and an hour. Usually I choose my songs spur of the moment based on my gage of the audience.