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“Jon Whitlock's solo material is soulful sweet stuff. It’s a plaintive, honest baritone, and wrapped in simple melodies, warm harmonies and soulful delivery.” - Steve Wildsmith
— Daily Times
In a musical world where singer-songwriters are a dime a dozen, you will find in Jon a refreshingly unique sound: a combination of gorgeous original melodies and intellectual, poignant stories that will surprise you and move you.
Originally trained as a drummer, he was drawn not just to the performance side of drumming, but even more so to the creative side. As a high-schooler, he wrote drum solos and ensemble compositions, and in college began writing drum parts for marching bands. Traveling the world as a drummer for touring bands, the vast experiences of life, love, and loss inspired his creative side further. Eventually he picked up a guitar, taught himself to play in a style that made sense to his percussive background, and started writing songs about what makes us human.
What has emerged is a beautifully melodic and rhythmic finger-picking guitar sound mixed with poetic, philosophical, romantic, and humorous lyrics. Jon has a knack for understanding the human experience; the words he writes, his gentle demeanor, and the style of his playing immediately draw you in and make you want more. Constantly working on new songs, he has a wealth of original material but also enjoys covering unexpected yet recognizable songs from his favorite artists.