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Holding My Breath EP - (String Version)

Jon McLaughlin

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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


Does it get any better than this?!


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


Jon excels with these types of acoustic performances. Accompanied only by a piano and string instruments, you'll be drawn into his amazing voice. 'Holding My Breath' is a great addition to his already perfect library. If you've never heard his music before, and if this album interests you, I beg you to download his previous albums, in particular 'Forever if Ever' if you can find it (Rereleased to a new arrangement as 'Promising Promises') It will change you life, this I promise you. Thanks Jon for everything. :)


Born: 1983 in Anderson, IN

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Born and raised in Anderson, IN, 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 sidelined 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...
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