tunes : their initials are jm
It just so happens that this group shares the initials JM, but you won't find John Mayer here. If the reports are true, he broke up with Jennifer Aniston in a text message saying "That’s it - the end". John, are you crazy? Anyway, I digress. This group of guys are all singer/songwriters and may help you extend the waning days of summer if you live in the northern hemisphere. If you live in the southern hemisphere, you're just entering into spring, so you can get a head start.
The first time I heard Jon McLaughlin I thought - kid, you're gonna' be a star. I also thought - we know Erin, she knows you, so hook us up when you get to the Big Apple ;). Classically trained in Indiana, his songs represent piano-led rock balladry at its best. My favs are Industry (piano!), For You From Me, Perfect and Beating My Heart. His current album is Indiana with OK Now scheduled for release in early October (just in time for my birthday). Thanks to Annie for the 411 on Jon.
I've enjoyed Jason's music on the radio for a while with Remedy and Wordplay, but when I heard the song I'm Yours this summer I was smitten. He's a wonderful songwriter from Virgina and most famous for his poetic, lyrical twists, which float across rock, hip-hop and jazz arrangements. Beautiful duets with Colbie Caillat (Lucky about being in love with your best friend) and James Morrison (Details in the Fabric about taking a deep breath) appear on his current album We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.
There's a lot to say about Jason and he was "thisclose" to having a post all to himself because he loves POLAROID and has a book coming out. You can read more about it on his website where he will talk to you. Not sure I like that part as I'm usually listening to music! (He'll be at Radio City Music Hall the day before my birthday - are these guys in cahoots? Don't answer that.)
His first big hit in the US was You Give Me Something from his debut album Undiscovered, which has yielded more than five singles. Born in England, James has a lovely raspy voice reminiscent of Stevie Wonder and offers a gentle take on the sound of soul through simply beautiful songs. His new album Songs For You, Truths For Me drops at the end of September.
Other than Joni Mitchell, did I miss any JMs on your playlist?
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