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Album Review

Jon McLaughlin left major labels behind after the 2008 release of OK Now, releasing Forever If Ever on his own in 2011, and seeing it receive a full-scale release from Razor & Tie in 2012. Holding My Breath is set to follow the same path. Partially backed by PledgeMusic, Holding My Breath is a digital self-release that appeared in the fall of 2013 and it, like its predecessor, doesn't betray its independent origin in the slightest. There's nothing at all modest or rickety about this album; even at its quietest moments it bears an expensive sheen, which is only appropriate as so much of McLaughlin's appeal rests on sound itself. He still sings sweetly, sounding plaintive on the ballads and wistful when he's happy, but it's all tied together by his soft touch: he never pushes the songs but always lets them glide. If the melodies don't stick the way they did the last time around, there's a slightly stronger sense of ambition, and that's a giveaway that this independent streak suits the mild-mannered melodicist; he wants to do things his way and on his terms. He shouldn't be docked points for wanting to do something utterly commercial and conventional.

Customer Reviews

Incredible!!!

Beautiful rearrangements. I love this album! Why isn't Jon a bigger name!!! More awesome music please!!!

This is what a real musician sounds like!

Stripping down to just strings, piano, and voice, Jon has brought real emotion to his songs. The music is authentic and raw. In a world of high tech music, it's a "BREATH" of fresh air to hear a real voice, that sounds as good as he plays! Love all his music, and will continue to follow his career!

Incredible!

Does it get any better than this?!

Biography

Born: 1983 in Anderson, IN

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Born and raised in Anderson, Indiana, singer/songwriter Jon McLaughlin began taking classical piano lessons at an early age. Though he lost interest in the instrument during high school and was side-lined by an accident that injured both wrists; he rediscovered his talent during senior year and began incorporating his piano skills into soulful pop music. McLaughlin enrolled in the music program at Anderson University, where he studied piano and spent his free time writing songs. Eventually, he won...
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