R&B Artist, Kris Jonathon, Set to Release New Single “Rewind”
By: Nadia Sobehart
R&B and soul artist, Kris Jonathon, is set to release his newest single, “Rewind,” on September 15, 2022. “All of my songs have a love experience tied to them, so this song is about being done with someone but I’d still do it again—I still like them,” explains the artist of his new song. “My big thing with my music is to be able to relate to other people. I want listeners to feel what I felt. I want to share my emotions with them.”
Kris Jonathon’s music can best be described as passionate and emotionally charged. One lyric from his new single is particularly emotive: “Loving you is substance abuse, so what’s my excuse?” As Kris Jonathon explains, “being done with the person should be a good thing, but I would break my heart again to spend time with her.”
The Prince George County, Maryland-native was raised on music. At the tender age of eight, Kris Jonathon began listening to his mother-approved song selection—Motown—on his iPod mini. Thus began his life-long passion for soul. His childhood was surrounded by music; in fact, his family would often break out into song while doing chores around the house. At age thirteen, the young artist taught himself piano by learning “Prelude” from the Final Fantasy saga. Within a year, Kris Jonathon was composing music.
At first, the young Kris Jonathon was afraid to sing; he didn’t like that his voice didn’t sound like the artists he admired. Encouraged by his mother, he started incorporating lyrics into his music. While he was familiar with poetry, he didn’t know how to compose lyrics, and he was still learning how to write music beyond what sounded good to his ear. The minute he discovered romance, making music finally made sense—it would become his outlet for every heartbreak to come.
It wasn’t until Kris Johnathon’s first year at junior college that he began recording his music—with a $200 recording set purchased online. His first EP, “Honey Moon,” quickly garnered some 100,000 streams. Fueled by this success, Kris Jonathon devoted himself to his music, creating his next hit, “That’s All,” which amassed more than 800,000 streams across the world.
The musician works out twice a day and goes to school, yet always finds time for his main love—creating music. “My music is a journal. I love going in and looking at old entries and putting in new ones. My schedule is very structured, so I need time for peace—that’s when I write music.”
Kris Jonathon makes all of his music, beginning with the piano. The vocals follow soon after, and then he puts everything into Logic Pro to create additional instrumentals for a finished sound. Once in a while, he has to take a step back and wait for the music to come. “I can fumble on the piano and play chords, but if I don’t have some experience to look back on, it’s very hard. When I reflect on experience, I can write a song in two hours; otherwise, it takes a long time.”
Open and reflective, Kris Jonathon takes pride in his authenticity. “I’m making it so my music is still my journal and it’s not a hunt for fame. At the end of the day, if my music isn’t popular, that’s okay. My heart is on display, and that’s how it should be.”
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