Jon McLaughlin with special guest Xenia
Speaking from his home in the Midwest on a beautiful spring
day, singer-songwriter Jon McLaughlin would strike you as a pretty
relaxed guy. As he recounts his numerous accomplishments without any bravado,
it would be understandable for McLaughlin to feel like he could coast a little
as he prepares to release his third album, Promising Promises (Razor &
Tie). Case in point: An aptitude for piano discovered as a child, submersion in
all school related music programs, college to continue his study of music,
cultivating a big online following in the early days of social media, scoring a
label deal at age 21, inking big song placements on television and movies, a
performance at the Academy Awards, selling 170k albums, debuting at #1 on the iTunes
Jon released his 2007 debut album, Indiana on Island, followed by his sophomore effort, OK Now in 2008. Both were successful, with Jon sharing the stage with the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Adele, Colbie Caillat, Sara Bareilles, Duffy, One Republic, Johnny Lang, Paolo Nutini, and Matt Wertz among many others. The albums yielded placements on Scrubs and movies like Georgia Rule and Bridge to Terabithia. In the meantime, Jon’s manager got a call about a song for an upcoming Disney film called Enchanted starring Patrick Dempsey and Amy Adams. Immediately interested, Jon flew to Long Island to record the track. A week later, the film’s producers asked Jon if he’d like to perform the song in the film. He and his wife flew back to New York, where he spent a week filming the pivotal ballroom scene in Brooklyn. A year and a half later, the film was released to outstanding reviews and Jon was later asked to perform “So Close” at the Academy Awards in 2008.
As Jon began work on his third album, he realized things were changing at his label. “There were a lot of people there I loved, but it started to not feel like my home anymore.
The result is his most authentic album yet. Promising Promises reflects Jon’s confidence and maturity as a songwriter. Releasing the record on independent label Razor & Tie is also an inspired choice for Jon, who says, “It's so refreshing to find a group of people who have so much experience in the music business and are still so passionate about music."
The thirteen piano driven pop tracks include first single “Summer is Over” featuring old friend Sara Bareilles, and other stand-out tracks include title track “Promising Promises,” “Maybe It’s Over” featuring Xenia Martinez, and “If Only I,” a song about unrequited love that is delivered both poignantly and passionately. Promising Promises, is the record Jon’s always wanted to make.
Music has always been a part of Xenia's life. As a result, the 17-year-old Southern California native landed herself in the Top 8 on NBC's hit television show, The Voice, as the youngest finalist. The NBC show became a massive hit, garnering incredible ratings. Xenia cultivated a fervent fan base and grew immensely in the process as a result of being on the show. Now, her confidence shines through brightly on her debut , Sing You Home. A four track EP that showcases her lilting acoustic guitar and soothing delivery. With this EP, Xenia concludes, "I want to make people feel the way I do when I listen to songs I love. I hope people can relate to these songs and feel them. I want them to be a part of it."