Jon grew up for most of his life in Kennesaw, Georgia, a small suburb on the northern sprawl of! Atlanta. He picked up drums at the age of 6, and through his early teens, he became involved! with music in the local church. A side-effect of his time in the Pentecostal sanctuaries was a! honing of skills on other instruments. If the bass player fell ill, Jon would relinquish the drum! duties to another player so that he could cover the bass parts. By the age of 16, he had taught! himself guitar, and just after high school, he formed a duo with his brother performing in bars,! coffee shops, and restaurants in the Atlanta area.
As the years went on, Jon’s pursuits in music were well-tempered with his work ethic, ever the! skeptic that it would lead any further than the local open mics. That all changed when he met a! fellow Kennesaw singer-songwriter named Peyton Parker. Both Jon and Peyton found chemistry! in their harmonies, and Jon became her sideman, filling out guitar parts. Peyton and Jon! eventually found that same spark of inspiration when it came to writing, and together, they! began crafting original tunes as a team. In 2013, Peyton took the big leap to Nashville,! Tennessee, and once settled there, her family generously offered a spare room for Jon if he! could move.
Jon moved to Nashville on Memorial Day 2013. Upon arriving he fell ill, only to find himself in a! three-day coma in the ICU, fighting blood clots in his lungs. Brushing so close to his mortality in! a foreign city had an effect on Jon after his recovery. He channeled this groundswell of emotions! into his first batch of solo songs, which he began playing at Nashville open mics and writers! rounds. His honest delivery and wholehearted appreciation for the audience won him respect! and admiration within the local music community, particularly in East Nashville. With the help of! local engineer and co-producer Josh Morris, he released his first record, Real Bad News in the! fall of 2015. Playing most of the instrumentation himself, Jon’s debut album was met with! glowing reviews and even landed in the Bitter Southerner’s Top 25 Southern Albums of 2015 and top 10 new artists to know in Rolling Stone, for 2017.
As time progressed he found himself sharing the stage with friends and colleagues such as! Aaron Lee Tasjan, Glossary, Todd Snider, Elizabeth Cook on the Grand Ole Opry, Brian Wright, Great Peacock, John Doe, Dan Baird and Kevn Kinney/Drivin’ n Cryin’.