Fort Smith native and popular singer-songwriter Jonathan Karrant will fall back on his Ozarks-loving roots next month.
The face and voice behind the songs “On and On,” “Doodlin’” and “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight” will perform jazz with a little bit of pop and blues for a concert at 7:30 p.m. April 28 at Second Street Live, 101 N. Second St. The event will please Karrant’s family and close friends, as well as casual fans and the uninitiated, said John McIntosh, a member of SSL’s board of directors.
“Jonathan Karrant is a local boy making good,” McIntosh said. “Jonathan took that leap of faith that so many young artists are unable to do, and he has put himself in a position to be recognized and get the call to perform on bigger and bigger stages.”
Karrant, who will perform with Don and Terri Bailey, among other local musicians, is touring to promote his latest compact disc, “On and On.” He’s been hailed by fans and many music critics as a great interpreter of songs.
“One of the characteristics I appreciate most about Jonathan is his ability to feel and interpret the story in the song,” McIntosh said. “I’m not saying that’s a lost art, but it sure is nice to see from one of our home-grown artists.”
As a child, Karrant spent much time listening to the music of his parents, John and Nancy Karrant, and gained an even stronger appreciation for performance and comedy whenever he spent time with other relatives. Jonathan Karrant’s relatives have said that Jonathan first showed signs of becoming a musician when he was only 8 months old, moving his head back and forth to the music coming through large headphones.
“We’re proud to showcase Jonathan’s talent at Second Street Live,” McIntosh said.
In addition to being praised for his singing, Karrant also has been called an impressive storyteller who brings a song’s lyrics to three-dimensional life, McIntosh said.
“This will be a great show at Second Street Live, with Jonathan Karrant playing with Don and Terri Bailey and a couple more jazz musicians from the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith,” he said. “It’s a bonus to have the other musicians join Jonathan, and it’s going to be an event our fans won’t want to miss.”