Singer-songwriter and skilled pianist Jon McLaughlin is ushering in the holiday spirit this fall with his new EP and a string of tour dates. Born and raised in Anderson, Indiana, Jon began taking classical piano lessons at an early age. During high school he began incorporating his piano skills into soulful pop music, then enrolled in the music program at Anderson University, where he studied piano and spent his free time writing songs.
After signing with Island Records and releasing his debut album INDIANA, the song Beautiful Disaster quickly climbed up the charts, with Beating My Heart following quickly after. Hollywood took notice of the young songwriter and in addition to using his music for films and commercials, Jon himself was offered a role in the hit film Enchanted, performing his song So Close. The song was later nominated for an Academy Award, and in 2008 he found himself onstage at the Oscars reprising the tune in front of 32 million US viewers. In between the hit songs and television appearances, true to his hardworking Midwestern roots, Jon spent his nights opening for the likes of Sara Bareilles and Kelly Clarkson, recording with Demi Lovato and writing for other artists.
Jon eventually parted ways with Island and has been forging his own independent path for the past few years. He is currently gearing up to release a holiday EP this fall, with a new album on the slate for 2018.
Jon McLaughlin (born September 27, 1982) is an American Christian pop rock singer-songwriter and pianist from Anderson, Indiana.
McLaughlin released an independent album entitled, “Up Until Now” in 2003. This quickly led to McLaughlin becoming the first artist to sign on with Anderson University's burgeoning, record label, Orangehaus Records. A self-titled album was released in 2004 to local and regional praise.
In 2005 Jon McLaughlin recorded an 8-song EP, “Songs I Wrote and Later Recorded.” In 2006 McLaughlin signed with Island Records.
His debut major label album “Indiana” was released in May 2007 and was preceded by his first EP “Industry,” also known as “Jon McL,” in February 2007. “Indiana” reached #5 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart.
McLaughlin returned in 2008 with the song, “Beating My Heart.” The single was part of his second album, 2008’s “OK Now.” The album went on to reach #2 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart while reaching the Top 50 of the Billboard 200 Albums chart.
In 2011 he released, “Forever If Ever,” which debuted at #3 on the Christian Albums chart.
Originally best known for his Academy Awards performance of the Oscar-nominated song “So Close” (from the film ENCHANTED), piano playing singer-songwriter Jon McLaughlin (not to be confused with the similarly-named jazz guitarist) parlayed the television appearance into chart success with his sophomore major label effort OK NOW. Combining elements of sharply-crafted ‘70s and ‘80s piano-based radio hits with a modern, R&B-influenced emotive vocal approach, McLaughlin delivers music that draws from a wide variety of influences while remaining true to a pure pop formula. ~ Rovi
Jon McLaughlin (born September 27, 1982) is an American pop rock singer-songwriter and pianist from Anderson, Indiana. His debut album Indiana was released on May 1, 2007, preceded by his first EP Industry, also known as Jon McL, in February 2007. His most successful song is the 2008 single "Beating My Heart", from his second album OK Now.
McLaughlin grew up in Anderson, Indiana, playing piano since early childhood, though he disliked the lessons, and often sought to avoid them. While attending Highland High School, McLaughlin shattered both wrists in an accident that interrupted his musical expression. Rediscovering "his muse," McLaughlin attended Anderson University to study music.
McLaughlin released an independent album entitled, "Up Until Now" in 2003. This quickly led to McLaughlin becoming the first artist to sign on with the school's burgeoning record label, Orangehaus Records. The self-titled album released in 2004 to local and regional praise. He began touring, traveling throughout the Midwest and working up a grassroots following.