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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”.

Customer Reviews

Jon Mc is back

After a short hiatus, Jon McLaughlin is back. A stunning return to form. More like his earlier work than 'OK Now' (not that that album was in any way bad, far from it). Great songwriting as ever. An undiscovered talent here in the UK.

Promises Promosing

Live in the U.K and have been waiting for this album to reach us. Love his music, very talented


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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