Everything in Jon McLaughlin’s life makes its way into his music, whether he’s conscious of it or not. The artist, raised in Indiana and based in Nashville, brings all of his experiences and beliefs into each song he creates, something that is especially true now that he’s the father of two young girls.
Jon released his debut album, Indiana, in 2007 on Island Def Jam, attracting fans with his heartfelt, hook-laden songwriting and impassioned delivery. He’s released four full-lengths in the ten years since and revealed a true evolution in both his piano playing and singing. He’s played shows with Billy Joel, Kelly Clarkson and Adele, collaborated with longtime friend Sara Bareilles, co-written with Demi Lovato and even performed at the Academy Awards in 2008.
Jon’s album, Like Us, dropped in October of 2015 via Razor & Tie, and he spent the past few years touring extensively before heading back into his Nashville studio to work on new music.
Last year Jon released a Christmas EP, titled Red & Green, his second release celebrating the holidays. This one, recorded with various collaborators around Nashville, features three original tunes and two covers.
As with everything he does, Jon’s goal is to create connections. He wants to translate his experiences and ideas into music that reaches fans everywhere. His passion for music and playing is evident in each note he plays.
Vilray (vill-ree) is a composer and performer raised in Brooklyn. He sings, whistles, and plays guitar in NYC and around the world.
His recent work explores the depths of humor, heartache, and romance captured in the varieties of Jazz and Country swing music played in the 1930s, 40s and 50s.
With the 2017 release of three singles of original music, Vilray's unique take on the Tin Pan Alley style is gaining wider acclaim. These songs were entirely recorded live and lathe-cut to vinyl in real time--lending them a haunting warmth and authentic crackle.