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"First off, I'd like to say that my name truly is Jon Smith. (Well actually it's Jonathan Smith, but nobody has time for that many syllables these days.) I can't remember when exactly I decided I wanted to be a musician for my career. Something about music just struck a chord with me so I decided to pursue it. I still have yet to make music my full-time sustainable career, but for now I've been making a good sum of money playing shows here and there thanks to fans who come to support me, and the managers of the places that book me.

Music started for me in 4th grade when I chose to play trumpet in band. That continued until 8th grade at which point I quit band before entering high school. So music was a bit dead in my life, save for the CDs my dad started lending me. 'Hey, I've got some Beatles and Kinks CDs you should listen to. They're great,' he'd say. 'Okay,' I'd reply and give the CDs a listen. They were marvelous. Some of the songs I'd heard before, but some I hadn't, and I loved them. And father would lend me other CDs with the Doors and the Who, which I took a while to warm up to but then realized that they were great bands too. At some point I remember looking on youtube and seeing a video of someone playing a medley of a bunch of Beatles songs on the piano. It was absolutely INSPIRING. It was then that I decided I wanted to learn how to play the piano. I began looking up tutorials online of how to play certain songs and started teaching myself on an old, out of tune toy organ my mom had as a kid. Then I got a keyboard, and things sounded much better. But it wasn't until a car commercial changed my life unimaginably.

A commercial for the new Honda Accord. But I wasn't paying attention to the car, I was listening to the music playing in the background. 'Hold on tight to your dreams. Yeahhh...' 'That's a nice tune,' I thought, 'I'll look that song up and see who it's by.' Eventually I did so and saw that it was by a band called ELO, the Electric Light Orchestra. I thought that was an interesting name for a band and decided to see if they had any other good songs. I absolutely fell in love with this band. Every song I heard was pure magic. It was a great blend of rock instruments with classical instruments, complete with unique arrangements and lovely harmonies. I wanted to be like ELO, and so I started writing songs myself with the idea that someday I would have orchestral arrangements in my own tunes. Granted the first couple songs I wrote were rubbish, but that was my original inspiration for writing songs.

I've come a long way since then. I progressed as a musician, and even more a songwriter. I don't actually want to put orchestras in all of my songs any more; that would be too much and I've developed too much variety in my songs to have an orchestra in every one. (Though I'd still like to have orchestras in some of them.) I've come to tackle on a lot more instruments as well, which definitely broadens one's horizons and brings in different ideas. ELO is still my favorite band but I like many different bands and many different genres. I'll keep discovering new music and new inspirations, while making music all along the way. " ~Jon Smith~

Jon Smith is a singer/songwriter/multi-talented musician whose main inspiration is classic rock, but also takes inspiration from jazz, folk, blues, ragtime, and more genres. Currently he plays 13 instruments which include piano, guitar, bass, drums, trumpet, saxophone, flute, clarinet, trombone, melodica, tin whistle, ukulele, and harmonica. Jon's songs contain a lot of variety and have many different lyrical topics and sounds, providing an eclectic mix of genres and moods. Some of his favorite bands include Electric Light Orchestra, the Beatles, the Kinks, the Who, Supertramp, Queen, Fleetwood Mac, the Bee Gees, and the Band. Being so influenced by bands of the '60s and '70s, Jon's music often has a retro sound itself. Listen for yourself and find out!

Jon Smith Music Jon Smith, Birdsboro, United States


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