Jon B (Host)
"I am not an artist who can be pinned down to one sound or style. You can't put me in a box that I can't break myself out of. By just making the style of track that I'm vibing to and writing a great song to it, [there are] no limitations…" J.B.
Jon B is a consummate artist, an accomplished musician, noted songwriter and producer with several gold and platinum records under his belt. His is a richly textured body of music, a testament to one man’s love for all things soul.
Jon’s long-awaited new album will be released in February of 2012. Entitled “Comfortable Swagg,” it will feature Jon’s signature style known to his fans around the world with the first single hitting airwaves in February, entitled "Only One" . This album features DJ Quik on the sophisticated funky sounding track "Fill Your CUP". Jon pushes the creative envelope with dance tracks like "GOIN DOWN", produced and co-written by ADONIS (best known for his hit's with Usher).This album has true diversity with dance tracks for the club and easy chill tracks for the bedroom. "Comfortable Swagg" is innovative and is definitely a return to old familiar sounds as well as discovery of new ones.
His appreciation for music and culture has inspired him with innovative ideas and the ability to express these influences in many musical styles; R&B, Hip Hop, Rock, Reggae/Dance Hall, and Jazz.
His beginning was seasoned by early influences including Duran Duran, INXS, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Babyface, Prince and Sade. He spent the summer after high school writing, producing and recording 40 incredible songs and began making his rounds to all major record labels. Within a few months, he’d met Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and his wife, Tracy Edmonds, who were interested in signing Jon to their label imprint, Edmonds Record Group (formerly Yab Yum).
The relationship between Jon and Edmonds Record Group immediately bore fruit. His debut album “Bonafide” went platinum and he was nominated by the Grammys for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for the single, “Someone to Love.” His sophomore effort “Cool Relax” also went platinum and earned him multiple Billboard Music Award nominations including Top R&B Artist, Top Hot R&B Single for “They Don’t Know/Are U Still Down,” Top Hot R&B Singles Artist and a Soul Train Music Award nomination for Best Male Single. "Are U Still Down" featured the legendary Tupac Shakur collaborating with Jon in the studio, before his death in 1996. Jon solidified his production sound with a collaboration with Jay Z and Coko (from SWV), featured on the "Hav Plenty sound track"
His third album, "Pleasures U like", featured some of R&B and Hip Hop's heavy weights; Faith Evan's, Nas, AZ, and Cuban Link. It also showcased the successful single "Don't Talk", which Jon wrote and produced himself.
Following the versatile stylings of his previous albums, Jon later went on to write and produce records for Luther Vandross ( "Grown Thangs"), Toni Braxton ("In The Late of Night" ), also songs for Gina Thompson, Color Me Badd, Az Yet, as well as remixing Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone".
"Stronger Everyday" Jon's fourth release was another gem of an album, full of amazing tracks and collaboration's with Hip Hop legend's like Scarface , Old Dirty Bastard, and Beenie Man. Jon scored a top ten video on the U.K. MTV/ TRL Top Ten with the song "Everytime (remix featuring Beenie Man)" that Jon co-produced with Just Blaze.
In 2008 he released his sixth album, "Helpless Romantic", keeping alive the tradition of the classic R&B sound that captivates. This album focused more on Jon with fewer collaborations and more atmospheric, romantic songwriting. This album highlighted the basics of Jon's writing, producing, and singing. This album was widely over looked, due to the lack of promotion, video or tour. However, impressively enough, Jon's loyal fans have continued to support as they still bob their heads to the single "Oo so sexy" featuring Paul Wall .
Now that he is settled in his mind, his business affairs, his Wife of five years, his five year old Daughter, he owns the independent label, "Vibezelect Inc.", run by his wife, a small team and himself. Now that he is in the pilot's seat in every aspect of his career, the hunger to deliver a fresh sounding thorough album is without question his main focus and he has finally obtained the creative freedom that he always wanted.
"Comfortable Swagg", is Jon's seventh studio album and he is so excited to be back! Not only to come back to the people who wondered, "Where has he been?" But to satisfy his inner calling to express what's going on in his life.
Who is Jon today? This album is a great way to get to know where this creative gentleman is at mentally, romantically, and musically.
Purchase your copy of "Comfortable Swagg", the newest release from Jon B. Enjoy!