Jonny Morgan

FRESH: ‘Hold On To You’ – Jonny Morgan

Jonny Morgan wants to “Hold On To You”

London based US folk singer Jonny Morgan has released another cracking tune recenly with “Hold On To You”, his fourth this year since he debuted with “Hurt Me”. The song is tinged with Country elements and has a slow yet hard hitting nature, you can just feel the airy outdoor wilderness in the soundtrack with Jonny’s ‘Western’ syle voice and vocal lacing every twang and tweek.

All four of Jonny’s releases this year have been brought together on one EP, “A Brief Introduction”, which is out now. The story of “Hold On To You” is an interesting one, which Jonny tells here: “I originally wrote this song as a Christmas song and you could argue it still is (there are sleigh bells on it!). I toyed with the idea of other songs to finish off the EP, but after the turbulence and uncertainty of this year, a vulnerable love song just felt right”.

Jonny has been prolific in releasing music heavily influenced by his unsubtle love for Americana, roots, and folk music. His unashamedly transatlantic songs combine his talent for vocalising the weight of relationships and life experiences, with poetic lyrics and warm, layered, ambient sounds. Jonny aspires to make music that is vulnerable, incorporating the real, raw emotions of everyday life into his gritty acoustic singer/songwriter style. After recording the first half of the EP in Nashville, lockdown forced Jonny to find his musical feet on home soil.

Jonny is currently putting together a full album of new material, due to come out next year.

For more about Jonny, check out his WEBSITE and his FACEBOOK page

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!