Jon Michaels | I Hear A Clock

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I Hear A Clock

by Jon Michaels

A present day troubadour who's voice, lyrics and melodies are stunning
Genre: Country: Contemporary Country
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lonely Man
3:43 $1.25
2. New Shade of Blue
3:17 $1.25
3. I Hear a Clock
3:41 $1.25
4. Cuando Caliente El Sol
3:15 $1.25
5. I'll Be There For You
3:02 $1.25
6. Shangri-la
2:47 $1.25
7. Fallen
2:59 $1.25
8. Forever to Be Yours
2:52 $1.25
9. Mother Trucker
3:48 $1.25
10. Chasing Dreams
3:57 $1.25
11. Whos Fooling Who
3:33 $1.25
12. You Never Know
3:44 $1.25
13. Until We Meet Again
3:48 $1.25
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Album Notes
Nashville ’s Hidden Gem:
With Jon Michaels, his blonde hair tucked inside a baseball cap, the singer and songwriter Jon Michaels sits quietly at the end of the bar at Music Row’s most famous industry hangout, the Longhorn Steak House, and few people pay him any mind. As so often happens, folks outside of Nashville are quicker to recognize many of Music City ’s most amazing talents than those within the often set-in-its-ways music community here. That was very much what happened in Jon’s case. His path to the Row began in the LA suburb of North Hollywood , where Jon grew up in a single-parent household and fell in love with the music of singer/songwriters such as Jim Croce and Harry Chapin. In those days, country was the last thing on his musical mind. But unlike many musicians, Michaels also had a savvy business sense from the beginning, and after finishing his education he landed a high-paying job as an investment broker. Jeffrey Steele, the writer of over 45 Top 5 Country singles, is one of Jon’s biggest fans. “In a land full of `same ol’, same ol,’ it’s so good to know Jon stays the course for being a little bit different. I love his songs.” Michaels has indeed stuck by his guns, “I’ve tried to stay true to my individuality,” he said. Jon’s road to Nashville shows a lot of his courage, and his street smarts. He was playing clubs at night in LA and selling investments during the days. It was 1992 when Jon came to Nashville for his first visit; he stayed a week and was hooked. “I’d never seen anything like this,” he said. “That’s where I got my first taste of a guitar pull, when I went to the Bluebird and Douglas Corner for the first time.” He returned to the West Coast, sold his house, packed his guitar and never looked back. “I gave up my job, I gave up everything,” he said. “I’ve been working ever since on my career. Nashville is graduate school. It’s where you really learn about songwriting.” Jon’s songs, from the outrageously clever “Check Please,” to the unforgettable “Stones” (destine to be a classic) recently recorded by several recording artist show a range of colors and emotions rarely found on Music Row or anywhere else.
Speaking of anywhere else, a feisty Philadelphia TV show hostess named Christina Pirello heard Jon play his music one night at the Bluebird Café and invited him to perform on “Christina Cooks,” her natural foods cooking program on PBS. Christina, who overcame the crippling disease of Leukemia (in large part through a regimen of healthy eating), says: “After lots of cooking, I wrap up the show with singer/songwriter Jon Michaels joining me right in my kitchen, playing his inspiring and heartfelt original songs, while I cook. Together, we create a celebration of life, love, health and of course, great food. It doesn’t get sweeter, with no sugar added.” The response was so overwhelming that Christina invited Jon to sing on every episode. The show is carried by over 150 PBS affiliates and has introduced Jon’s music and warm personality to a coast to coast audience. In early 2005, Whole Foods Market teamed up with “Christina Cooks” for a live cooking show called “Christina Cooks Live at Whole Foods Market” and asked Jon to be the ‘Paul Shafer’ of the show. Michaels said. “So now I’m on PBS and Comcast Network up and down the East Coast.” All this for a song! Michaels is now one of the Row’s most admired tunesmiths and through the magic of television, Jon is also becoming a fixture in the musical lives of countless TV viewers coast to coast.



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Smooth country that crosses winningly to adult contemporary
Michaels is a Nashville songwriter and performer whose songs have been recorded by Clint Black and Tracy Lawrence, and whose own performances have been showcased weekly on the PBS show "Chistina Cooks." His third self-released CD offers original ballads and mid-tempo numbers that favor the warm vibrato of John Denver, but with a hint of Raul Malo's romantic flair. Hid music is exceptionally easy on the ears, but unlike Nashville's cross-over product, Michaels leans to adult contemporary rather than pop or rock sounds. The result is surprisingly moving and devoid of the practiced artifice of major label country product. The lyrics may be a bit tender for the average male country music fan, but female listeners will appreciate Michaels' sensitivity and openness. He sings of his need for companionship, the extended ache of a break-up and his mid-life realization that his own biological clock is running out of time. He sings several love songs to his wife, provides a folky three-minute autobiography on "Chasing Dreams," and bounces in the tropical sun of "Shangri-La." His sly blues "Mother Trucker" provides one of the very few thematic segues from Kay Adams' "Little Pink Mack," and he turns upbeat for the bluegrass paced "Who's Fooling Who?" The album closes with the touching "Until We Meet Again," co-written with Dinah Brien after her mother's passing, and sung by Michaels' at his own mother's funeral. Though Michaels is quite sentimental, he's also completely earnest, which keeps his songs from turning to treacle. If you approach this as adult contemporary, along the lines of John Denver, Jim Croce, or James Taylor, but with country inflections, you'll find much to like here. 3-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings. [©2008 redtunictroll at hotmail dot com]