NEWS Jon Colgrave is currently in the studio recording a new album of Jazz standards along with original material. Watch this space for more info to come!
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Jon Colgrave is a Jazz singer/songwriter from Sheffield U.K. He has been performing nationally and internationally for over 15 years and has established a loyal fan base. He performs his own songs which include 'He Stole Your Heart', 'Love For One Night', 'I Shouldn't Love You' and 'A Memory along with Jazz and Big Band standards such as 'For Once In My Life', 'The Best Is Yet To Come', 'The More I See You' and 'Misty'. His voice is highly regarded especially live where he is in his element. He is currently recording an album of Jazz standards along with original material for a digital online release and to be sold onto his fan base and promoters.
Do you play live?
I have played live in the UK and Internationally. Performing to people is what it's all about really. You can be as creative as you like but it's peoples response you want. I love to see an audience enjoying my performance. It's a great buzz especially the ovations etc. It means a great deal and makes it all worth while. A singer or entertainer needs an audience or what's the point.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
More artists get heard over the internet these days. It's been a revolution for an artist like myself who never wanted to be drawn into the cut throat business that is show. It's not as rosey as people believe. One minute your hot the next your not. Record companies have alot to be desired. When I first started out as a teenager there wasn't the avenues. Singers and musicians had to struggle by.Musicians no longer fight to be heard anymore. We all can basically orchestrate our own paths as long as we have decent funding for studio time, promotion etc. That's the key. It comes down to money in the end.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Of course if the right deal came along. It would have to be right and on my terms. I kinda like how things are for me anyways. What would drive me to sign a big deal would be the opportunity to play with a 20 piece band on a regular basis. That would be heaven for me.
I was brought up listening to all the great singers. My family played Jazz and Big Band music all the time. I was heavilly influenced by Tony Bennett because My mother adored him, also Sinatra, Bassey, Ella, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holliday were played hell of alot. All the great singers of the past influenced my voice combined with a contemporary edge. I love the high range modulations of singers, I tried to develop that into my voice, I just didn't want to be a crooner. Anyone who could sing in that way had my families approval. My mother also played Elvis so I'm very familiar with his works too. As I grew up I started to listen to pop music and because I appreciated great singers I became a huge Whitney Houston Fan. To me she's the greatest of my generation but music wise it's Jazz all the way. There is no music that matches up. The melodic structures and live horns give it that velvet feel, put it together with a great voice and you've got magic.
Well, Sheffield is my home city and nothing ever compares to home. I have been to many places abroad. I have spent alot of time in Gibraltar and southern Spain so those places have a special place in my heart.