Listening to Jon Davis’ new album Open Shore is like sinking into a big comfy chair after a long day.
The overall sound washes over a person in a wave of relaxation. As the sinking sensation encases a soul to newer depths – beautiful lyrics toss one deeper into the intricate compositions.
A combination of James Taylor and Kenny Rankin. Jazz through Pop amid haunting yet charming melodies – Jon is a quintessential Canadian songwriter. Instilling truth amid the pain. Instilling a profound instinct into the human condition of despair and sadness. Discovering a happy medium.
There is a motivational vibe that emanates from Jon’s songs.
What inspires the beautiful craftsmanship within each song? His noble response a bit unexpected …
“In my life in general I’ve dealt with mental illness. Often when I’m writing a song, I’m trying to overcome these problems – so that’s a major motivation for me. I want help other people, I know people have problems in their lives and it’s really important for me and for music to go out and help people come to a higher understanding or get over problems,” says Davis.
Jon is a talented guitarist and pianist. He writes best when he’s out on long walks, during this time the melodies or lyrics arrive and are fitted together in a song. His relaxed way of writing is definitely reflected in his music …
So humble, he can not get over the fact he received a grant do make an album. A human album from the heart. The CD is titled Open Shore and Davis’ favorite song is ‘After the Birds’.
An intense track, in fact his most intense song he has written …
“I like when art gets intense and actually, it can get pretty dark and painful if it’s to bring you to a better place,” says Jon.
In 2006, Jon suffered a traumatic head injury, an injury which unfortunately led to his dismissal in the lead role within a musical production theater. Throughout – Davis kept a positive mindset and focused his attention to writing songs. Something which became a blessing in disguise …
“Being bed–ridden provided me the chance to write songs, something I have always wanted to do,” explains Davis. “If not for the injury, I would have stayed in theater longer.”
To further an insight into the man’s mind, Jon describes his positive philosophy in one sentence:
“If we can destroy the need to succeed then we can really live in the moment.”
Jon Davis will be launching his new CD Open Shore at:
The Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W, Toronto
Friday, April 26, 8:30pm
15$ Advance / 10$ Door
Jon is in Montreal May 1st @
Robin des Bois
4653 St. Laurent
Cinq a Sept
Tickets are $10.00 at the door.
Come and listen to some fine songs amongst friends. All the staff at Robin des Bois are volunteers. Enjoy a glass of wine, a beer or a nice meal.
NOTE: This post was shared from Rick Keene Music Scene with their permission. Jon Davis is a new client of mine and I’m really looking forward to attending his CD Release at The Rivoli in Toronto on April 26th!