Jonah Melvon is ready to become the new face of music. Riding a wave of popularity with his 2019 project, RainWater Project. Melvon has developed a stronghold in the genre that will transition to his 2021 campaign for the next breakthrough sensation. Just released two new singles, we recently speak with Jonah Melvon about
Jonah, tell us about some of the music that inspired you to become a recording artist?
I had the early privilege of being exposed to records from my parents, from artists like Sade and Frankie Beverly. Later I became naturally attracted to certain sounds considering my family were activists, so artists like Talib or Common became my food for thought Playlist. Musiq soulchild and the sounds that Philly were creating altogether blended with the lyricism I loved, eventually became my path. Now the artist I vibe to most often like Anderson .Paak, HER, Saba, and Daniel Ceasar, I feel like we all drank from the same cup, but tell our story from our own perspective.
The pandemic has been hard on everyone. How do you find creative inspiration during quarantine?
Now more than ever, in my opinion, is a time for artists to write as much as they can. Of course, the economy has had a tremendous affect on the opportunities that artists traditionally have, so managing through these times have been extremely difficult. However there is such a deep need for us as artists, to document these times through song, considering all the issues that are being exposed; police brutality, racism, leadership stemming from the top or lack there of it, how much our Country is divided, the amount of inequality and at every level of life. I am hurt deeply by these issues and I can’t get distracted by my desire to be angry. I use my pen to find healing and bring healing.
Tell us about your fondest “Sunday Morning” memory?
This would be hard to account for, however, I know the feelings I associate with Sunday mornings; everything from introspective, the ability to be able to relax and connect with family, good food and good coffee.
Though now that I think about this question a little more, I remember every Sunday we would go to my Aunt Joyce house after church. All of my extended family would be there, and we are not talking about a small group of people. It was loud all the time, people would break out in song, there were kids everywhere riding bikes in the neighborhood, dancing in the living room, and playing video games upstairs. My Uncles and Aunties would compete with who made the best disk. These times really made our family extremely close.
With everything going on in the world right now. Tell us the importance of remaining positive and hopeful through faith?
My hope is that as our world is slowing down, we will realize the importance of God, honestly. We are getting exposed with just how little control we have, and yet we are still so proud, and so many things are still so backwards.
I feel the light however of the younger generation being more willing then ever to change our culture, our fabric, what they have been taught, so I am hopeful.
Tell us about your upbringing in the church?
Church is one of those words that bring tons of different emotions. Initially, my exposure to church was a show, from the dress to the lingo to the attitudes. I was turned off by the word church until I actually read the Bible. It redefined my mind around what the church was supposed to look like. Now, I tell my story in song sharing some of these roots, mainly love.
Tell us an interesting fact of making “Sunday Mornings” and “Expiration Date?”
I wrote “Sunday Mornings” while consuming lots of Almond Mocha’s from Peets coffee, so now the full-length EP of which these two songs are apart of will be called “Almond Mocha”.
“Expiration Date” and the thought behind it, is something that I still struggle with. Simply meaning, that its hard to believe that my most prominent relationship doesn’t have an ending date.
Tell us about the upcoming project lead by the singles, “Sunday Mornings” and “Expiration Date?”
Listeners can expect thoughts stimulated from a good cup of coffee.
Describes the album’s growth following your previous works?
I am usually a stage junkie, so show life is my fuel. However, with COVID, I have had more time than ever to become more social media savvy. I am grateful that new doors and opportunities are opening just because I’ve actually slowed down. Also since I’ve slowed down, my administration is becoming way better, so my growth online has been better than ever. When things go back to normal and COVID is over, my plan is to keep many of these strategies I’ve learned and played the balancing act, because neither the stage nor your online presence should be neglected.
How does fatherhood inspire you creatively?
Fatherhood is amazing! The way my kids look at me is a priceless fuel. I have always loved storytelling, and having my children, has cracked open all these feelings and memories that were buried, or that I just couldn’t access. Children are kind of like keys to both the past and the future you, of what you want to be.
For newfound fans, after listening to “Sunday Morning,” for a crash course into the music. Give us five essential songs fans should listen to by Jonah Melvon?
Of my “newer content”, I would say “Sunday Mornings”, “Expiration Date”, “What’s Good for You”, “1099”, and “Thinkin of You” are five songs listeners should vibe to, and stay on the lookout for my new EP “Almond Mocha”.
ABOUT JONAH MELVON
Over the generations, the Bay Area has been breeding grounds for some of the most revolutionary music to ever be released. Dating way back to the futuristic funk of Sly & the Family Stone all the way up to Too $hort, E-40 and Mack Dre, that cool Northern California flavor has consistently created the newest innovations in urban music. Keeping true to the tradition of making classic material, Bay Area native son Jonah Melvon is initiating the most cutting-edge musical movement to emerge from the region in decades.
Born in San Francisco to a mother who migrated from New Orleans and father from Chicago, Jonah moved to Lake Merritt in Oakland before he could barely walk. He explains how he is the son of the Bay Area altogether; “My dreams were cultivated in Oakland. My discipline was cultivated in San Jose, and I lived all over the Bay Area,” he reflects. With charisma that cannot be defined, old school soul and a message mixed in with his mesmerizing melodies, his music draws people to him with a familiar flare that makes people fall in love with his smooth swag.
And he puts his talents on full display with the recent release of full-length album Rain Water Project and three lead singles “What’s Good for You,” “1099” and “Thinkin of You.”