SongVault Artist Profile
Pop / Rock
Jon Mullane has already gained renown throughout the world with his work as Jonathan M – which includes three international albums, seven radio charting singles, an extensive list of concert appearances, and a music video that played the international film festival circuit. With his brand new CD, The Source, released in Canada through the new Universal distributed imprint , Prism Music in the Fall of 2007, Jon has created his most personal record yet – choosing it as the first release to be issued by Jon Mullane. “I’d grown so much through my experiences performing nationally and internationally. And that evolution – both my own and in my music – has all ultimately led to The Source”, states Jon. “It’s definitely the most accurate reflection of who I am as an artist and of the extremely wide range of styles and influences I feel passionate about and which have greatly informed my own music. That was why I felt it was time to take the ’Jonathan M’ experience to the next level and to make my first record as ’Jon Mullane’.”
Produced by longtime industry vet David Rashed (of heavyweight Canadian icon, Haywire) and Honeymoon Suite alumnus Creighton Doane, The Source already sounds like it could be a “Greatest Hits” record from start to finish, with each song a uniquely different representation of Jon Mullane’s multi-dimensional melodic rock. And this is one exhilarating sonic journey – soaring from the opening irresistible power pop rush of “Go The Distance” to the cutting-edge pop/dance grooves of “Thinkin’ About U” and “Push Push,” blasting out industrial-infused synth-pop anthems like “Closer to You”, after drifting across the hauntingly soulful strains of “Love Can Move a Mountain” and the achingly confessional closing ballad, “One More Chance.” The Source is a lush collection of electronica-tinged, hook-laden, irresistible melodic rock gems – each a potential hit by its own right, comprising an album even greater than the sum of its parts. Jon Mullane’s The Source sounds completely original, yet still manages to evoke the comfort of songs that have long been a part of life’s tapestry.
Having played guitar since the age of 12, performing continuously in bands from the time he was 15, and amassing hit records globally from North America to Germany to Thailand – even topping the worldwide MP3Charts – Jon has garnered his well-deserved reputation as a consummate songwriter and musician, committed to realizing his unique vision on his own terms. Earning his chops in a variety of cover bands, Jon found instant success with his first “Jonathan M” album, Following Yesterday. The debut single and accompanying video, “One More Chance,” both became national hits in Jon’s native Canada, landing him the coveted “Featured Performer” slot on the country’s acclaimed East Coast Music Awards show.
Jon’s follow-up disc, the self-titled, Jonathan M, was produced by no less than Steve Negus, one of the founding members of fellow cult Canadian heroes, Saga. Steve’s decades of experience with the internationally-renowned iconic band merged perfectly with Jon’s own artistic sensibilities, resulting in an international record that crossed continents as effortlessly as it crossed genre boundaries. “I Believe” became a Nation-wide hit – the single entered The Record’s Adult Futures Chart at #4 – and its follow-up single, “Stars,” not only repeated its predecessor’s radio success, but also achieved the remarkable feat of becoming a hit for a second time when the song topped MP3Charts.com in 2005! The third “Jonathan M” album, Day After Day, spawned three international singles, including “Let It Go,” “Take What You Want” and the title track, which topped America’s New Artist Radio Charts.
A naturally-gifted multi-dimensional musical talent – as well as an industry vet renowned for his professional and artistic integrity – Jon Mullane has earned a diverse and very devoted fan base throughout the world. And with the release of The Source – Jon's most excitingly contemporary and irresistibly-infectious collection of songs yet! – Jon Mullane adds his own distinct signature to that rarified new roster of artists - including The Killers, Bloc Party and Interpol – whose music has been sweeping the world, navigating across genres, demographics... even nations. So what is the universal appeal of Jon’s music – at once timeless, while still discernibly inspired by the creativity of great ‘80s experimentalists? “For me, melody is the most important part of any song,” offers Jon. “It’s about what people take away with them, what they connect with... what they remember. Everything else is secondary.”
The Source is a complex, layered work – musically and lyrically. But what else would you expect from an artist who has spent both his life and his career as a survivor. Having lost both parents while still very young, then having had to overcome a potentially career-ending case of tinnutus in 1999, Jon Mullane has laid everything out on the line for his new, tour-de-force album. Whether it's his fascination with UFOs (hence, the name-source of his own Flying Disc Records), his status as a former tennis pro and trainer, his degree in psychology or even his venturing towards law school – before being wisely put back on the music path by those that saw his talent, Jon Mullane (AKA international recording star, Jonathan M) is a complex individual. “When it comes down to it, music is where my heart has always been. But not just any music. It's got to come from my heart.” And for the best insight into one of music's best-kept secrets, Jon Mullane is preparing to unveil his source – The Source.
Venture deep into this wellspring of proudly pop music and you'll be amazed by what you'll find – both in the irresistible songs of Jon Mullane – and in yourself...