Scottish singer songwriter and producer JONO started recording songs at age 13. By his mid-20’s he had produced his earliest material, gigged in countless bands, and produced for local, signed and charting artists. Due to inherit the family manufacturing business, he walked away from this secure future to produce his Debut Solo Album. Rounded yet rugged, refined yet raw, he launched “Sentimental Anarchist” to critical acclaim, built around his infectious voice, melodies and unique guitar style. It was single handedly written and recorded by JONO in his Glasgow flat.
“One of the finest singer songwriters to emerge in recent years” – Jim Gellatly, John Peel Award Winning DJ
***** “The album was blinding; one of the best I have heard in ages” – Carol Cunningham, Music News Scotland
He packed out the 450 capacity Classic Grand for the debut album launch, then embarked on his first UK tour. Each day, BBC and local radio stations got him on the air prior to evening gigs. Feathers in JONO’s cap include XFM Artist, Album, and Single of the Week, reaching #83 most watched UK Music Video on YouTube for “Stuck in the City”, and Winner of UK Undiscovered 2010. He has been compared to other singer songwriters like Paolo Nutini, Kelly Jones of the Stereophonics, John Mayer, and Jeff Buckley.
“Hauntingly beautiful acoustic sounds; the prodigious talent of singer songwriter JONO” – Russell Kane, Q Radio
“JONO’s voice has this texture to it that makes everything seem alright” – Alex Baker, Kerrang! Radio
In 2009 on a skiing break JONO suffered a violent fall, coming inches from death and shattering his left shoulder. He flew home for an emergency operation, with no guarantee of ever being able to play guitar again. But, as fate would have it, six months later he had fully recovered. He has since performed on bills with artists such as Newton Faulkner, Ben Harper, KT Tunstall, Beth Ditto, Cast, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Macy Gray, Erykah Badu, Jamie Lidell. His live shows have seen him play at some major music festivals, travelling all over Scotland, England, Wales, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Malta, and the USA.
“I like JONO's song Stuck In The City a lot! It’s REALLY catchy!” – Alex Zane, TV and Radio Presenter
“JONO holds his own in the company of Jack Johnson and Newton Faulkner” – David Esson, Sunday Express
Following a nine year gap since his debut album, during which time he had toured relentlessly, returned to education to top up his music production skills, produced for other bands and artists, all the while fighting depression and anxiety in an ongoing battle with merciless perfectionism and crippling self-doubt, JONO finally launched his second solo album “Culture Is Your Cult”. A true songwriter’s album of stylistically diverse songs, but somehow, a common strand brings the collection together. This time, having made his point on Album#1, JONO wanted to open up Album#2 to collaborations with other artists with whom he has shared his musical journey.
“The rasp in JONO’s voice gives Paolo Nutini a run for his money” – Alan Morrison, Sunday Herald
“JONO’s live performance smacked me right between the eyes and ears!” – Jim Symon, Radio Clyde2
ALBUM REVIEWS: SENTIMENTAL ANARCHIST
The album sounds amazing! Sentimental Anarchist is just packed full of brilliant
little pop songs. Stuck in the City is a cracker! Acoustic music never really
sounded as good as this. One of the finest singer songwriters to emerge in recent
- Jim Gellatly, John Peel Award Winning DJ
If the reputation of the British singer-songwriter has been rendered bland by
the likes of James Blunt, Scotland's JONO brings some of the street cred of
a soul-soaked busker to his craft. His self-funded debut solo album begins on
a positive note, with Stuck In The City's acoustic guitar providing a pavement
platform for his songwriting skills, before the fuller funkier band sound of
Silver Nails harks back to the British blues-rock singer style of the 1960s.
The rasp in JONO's voice gives Paolo Nutini a run for his money.
- Alan Morrsion, The Sunday Herald
Self-recorded, self-played and self-released, JONO’s album exudes a brash
confidence from start to finish. Subtle it ain’t, but Sentimental Anarchist
pushes his songs right into your face and keeps them there. He has both the
ability and the hooks to sustain such a frontal assault.
- Sam Inglis, Sound on Sound
We have chosen Sentimental Anarchist as one of our top four. The album was blinding.
One of the best albums I have heard in ages. Thanks to JONO for making it a
pleasure doing the top four!
- Carol Cunningham, Music News Scotland
Short in stature but tall in self-belief, Scottish singer-songwriter JONO treads
the path well worn by such as Paolo Nutini, Jack Johnson and Newton Faulkner,
and can hold his own in that company. It is impressive to note that everything
was recorded and produced by JONO in one room of a Glasgow flat.
- David Esson, The Sunday Express
Stuck In The City is brilliant. A real summer time song. I was humming it on
the way to work today. A Day Ago is one of my favourites. An incredible song
with hints of Prince and U2. Superb. A real stand out. Not Love blew me away.
What a track. I was dying to hear JONO have a go at a real love song and this
is it. Wow! Everything else I also love! It's a belter of an album!
- Matt Bendoris, The Scottish Sun