GRAMMY.com Exclusive First Listen: Jon McLaughlin
Singer/songwriter Jon McLaughlin is set to release his third studio album, Promising Promises, on May 22. Ahead of the album's release, GRAMMY.com has your exclusive first listen to the title track.
Hailing from Indiana, McLaughlin began taking piano lessons at an early age. While an injury to both of his wrists sidelined his music career in high school, McLaughlin went on to study music at Indiana's Anderson University, where he began recording songs and posting them to social media site Myspace. His material garnered the attention of music industry executives, and eventually led to a record deal with Island Def Jam Music Group. In 2007 he released his debut album, Indiana, and followed with 2008's OK Now, the latter of which peaked in the Top 50 on the Billboard 200. His recording of "So Close," written by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, appeared on the Oscar-nominated soundtrack for the 2007 animated film Enchanted, and the following year he performed the song at the 80th Annual Academy Awards. McLaughlin has since toured with artists such as Adele, Sara Bareilles, Colbie Caillat, and Kelly Clarkson, among others.
McLaughlin's forthcoming album, Promising Promises, features 13 tracks written and produced by McLaughlin, including the first single "Summer Is Over," a duet with Bareilles, "Maybe It's Over," featuring former "The Voice" finalist Xenia Martinez, and the title track, the first song McLaughlin wrote for the album. "So much excites me about Promising Promises," said McLaughlin. "Just knowing that when people listen to this record they will be hearing exactly what I wanted it to sound like makes me happy."
McLaughlin is currently on tour throughout the United States, with select dates scheduled through June.