Saturday, April 5thDonald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House
- Wine & Roses Gala
3324 South M Street
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Saturday, April 12thMovie Lounge
7601 Rogers Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72903
7:00pm - 11:00pm
Jonathan Karrant Says of Song . . .
Audiences and critics have characterized Jonathan Karrant as a great interpreter of song, a storyteller, a singer who brings music and lyric alive. Some refer to Karrant as an amazing song-stylist who sings from the American songbook, an entertainer on his way to international success. Others say he paints a picture, he presents a mood and captivates a room through song. While only still in his twenties, he seems to have an innate and inside connection with music writers of the past, masters like Cole Porter (they share the same birthday), George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and Johnny Mercer, to mention a few.
His recent album, “On and On” made it to #4 in the All About Jazz charts. It features such songs as “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight”, and “Doodlin’” as well as the title track, and was produced by Tyler Monks, with pianist Josh Nelson, bassist Rob Thorsen, guitarist Mark Shapiro, and drummer Duncan Moore. The sold-out CD Release Performance was presented at the prestigious Anthology, one of the finest sound rooms in California, and was enthusiastically received by fans, fellow musicians, and critics.
“A voice, romantic without being cloying, warm but not forced, Karrant carries these songs with an emotional weight that make it seem at times as if he had written them himself. Just listen to his jazzy makeover of the Beatles' eternally beautiful "In My Life" and hear the yearning in his singing.” –Jazz Corner
Jonathan Karrant works straight out of the American songbook with a level of manly confidence and jazz suave and bonhomie that was patented by Mel Torme himself. -The Reader magazine
In an interview with Music Industry News, Karrant spoke about song selection and his involvement with the lyric, saying: “I usually pick songs to which I can relate. I really focus on the words and try to imagine myself in a scenario that fits the lyric. I feel this helps to get the point and the mood of the song across to the audience.”