Imagine a young London born singer songwriter working night-shifts for
seven years to get the money together to hire legendary brass players,
soulful string orchestras, and Questlove, one of music’s most
influential figures to drum on five of the tracks, and record them in a
little studio in Dollis Hill. Born to an Anglo-Indian father and a
Tipperary born Irish-Catholic mother, Jonathan inherited his
name from his mother’s brother, a priest, and a boy in love with the
idea of the American dream, who died in a car crash in Jefferson City,
USA at the age of 23.
In his early twenties Jonathan crossed
the Atlantic, just like his late uncle, to pursue American music. He
traveled from New York to Los Angeles by bus, writing songs between
petrol stations and burger stops. Realising that America didn't hold the
answers, the 22 year-old left his uncle's ghost behind him, returned
home, and began making his debut album. Seven years later, and featuring
collaborations with the likes of The Roots’ bandleader Questlove, James
Brown’s legendary band The JBs and Bernard Butler, the album is
finished. After a life of loving music that expresses its emotions
purely and truthfully, and after long years of working and dreaming,
Jonathan Jeremiah is ready to become his own man.
As well as
finishing his own album, Jonathan has been in the studio recording a
track for fantastic electronic band Aeroplane’s album which will be
released in 2010.