Listening to Jon Davis’s 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 quisissential 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 …
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
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.
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