Jono McCleery, the London based solo artist signed to Ninja Tune, completed his first album ‘Darkest Light’ independently in 2008 which was self-produced and funded by fans, including folk-star Vashti Bunyan and BBC radio DJs Tom Robinson and Fiona Talkington.
Jono has toured with the likes of Gil Scott Heron, Bonobo, Fink, Jose Gonzales, Little Dragon, Jamie Woon and Portico Quartet and sites his main influences as John Coltrane, Nick Drake, Bill Withers, Jeff Buckley, Nina Simone and John Martyn.
His following release: ‘There Is’ was described as “Miles Davis, Massive Attack, John Martyn, and Radiohead wrapped up in one exquisitely produced album.” Currently collaborating with Royce Wood Junior on his third album, with the single ‘Fire in my Hands’ already having received world-wide recognition.
“Jono’s music is timeless. Music that is unperishable, that reflects past, present and future in an instant. Likened to having the melodies and rich vocals of John Martyn, the darkness of Nick Drake, the soul of Marvin Gaye and the romantic indulgence of Jeff Buckley; Jono is defining a new folk/soul sound of our time.” Dannii Evans www.onetaste.co.uk