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Jon McLaughlin delivers his tunes with a minimum of studio polish on Promising Promises. The album—a remixed and expanded version of his 2011 indie release Forever If Ever—finds the singer/songwriter taking an unflinching look at love's ecstasies and sorrows. His warm, earnest vocals are heard in bolder relief than on past efforts, thanks to his nuanced self-production approach. A lustrous piano carries most of the pop/rock melodies, backed with layered guitars and synths. The lyrics capture relationships in vivid detail, from unrequited fantasies (“If Only I”) to pledges of devotion (“I’ll Follow You”) and post-breakup regrets (“Falling”). McLaughlin’s yearning edge cuts particularly deep on bittersweet duets with Sara Bareilles (“Summer Is Over”) and The Voice’s Xenia Martinez (“Maybe It’s Over”). “My Girl Tonight” stands out for its hushed, tender vocal and sensitive lyric. Moving away from romantic themes, McLaughlin surrounds himself with an exuberant backup choir for the gospel-tinged number “These Crazy Times.”

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I'm so happy finally got time to purchase this album and it was worth every single penny.I'm a huge fan of Jon McLaughlin and he out did himself with this album one of he's best work in my opinion and you can tell this album is more personal for him. I love everyone single song on he's album and he's smooth voice how can you not love it and he's piano playing is out of this world. I could go on and on about this album I recommend anyone to buy or just take the time to listen to he's music you won't regret I promise.


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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