An Exclusive Interview With Talented Artist Jonah Melvon

Q: When you decide it’s time to make a new record, is that more exciting or stressful?

Ans:  If it’s a natural process of putting together a collection of writings over a period of time, that’s less stressful for me. If I’m jumping in the fire from scratch with high expectations, that causes way more anxiety

Q:  How do you shut things out?

Ans: I am pretty regimented as a songwriter, so there is a level of discipline in shutting things out. I do have my places of preference that help to make this process easier, which I recommend for all artists.

Q: How easily do songs tend to come to you?

Ans: This is definitely one of my gifts or talents, that I wish I would of surrendered to earlier in my music career. Getting the chance to be a ghostwriter for a company exposed how much music I have to share with the world. I still have not even released over 95% of the content I have written.

Q: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

Ans: Build your own brand at some point of time. Submitting to other brands can be awesome, however building your own brand keeps you up at night just a little longer. To me it creates a more inspired life

Q: What is you favorite song to belt out at the bar/in the car?

ANs: I love the classics from Frankie Beverly to Sade, to newer artists like Daniel Ceasar. I belt out songs based on the mood I’m in.

Q: For our readers who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words?

Ans: Soulfood that tells a story

Q: You write all of your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?

ANS: I work with so many dope producers who help me bring these concepts that are living in me to life.

So much of my writing comes from simply listening. With the amount of information and creativity I’m exposed to on a daily basis, I am simply sharing my interpretations or take on it.

My favorite part of the process is matching the right wording to the music at hand. Its almost as if the music is digging up something that was buried inside of me.

Q: At what age did you start singing?

ANS: Secretly in my teens, but I didn’t surrender to my desire to do music til my college years.

Q:Who are your inspirations?

Ans:Sade, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Blackstar, Musiq Soulchild, Daniel Ceasar, and Saba

Q: If you could perform with anyone, in the future, who would it have to be?

Ans:Most of the great icons have unfortunately passed on but I would love to play alongside Stevie Wonder. These days I have my eyes on playing alongside artists like Daniel Ceasar, Anderson Paak, Kendrick, Saba and H.E.R.

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