Classical Arias, Simon and Garfunkel covers, and anything else that makes people dance and sing along.
I booked Jonathan as part of the entertainment for my daughter's Sweet 16 party. He was incredible! (and FYI 16 year-olds are a tough crowd.) They are still raving about him. Great voice. Very professional. We will book him again.
Response from Jon Michael Swift:
Thanks, Jeanette. It was a pleasure working with you all, I'm honored that you called!
Jonathan : )
Price Range: $50-$1000
Gig Length: 30 - 300 minutes
Languages: English, German
What to Expect
I tend to play solo with either a single acoustic guitar and a sound system/amp, with the possible addition of some foot pedals. My general preference is to brainstorm some songs with the event planner before the event or to be sent a set list in advance. I'm pretty flexible so as long as I know what people are going to want to hear, we should be good. I tend to move a lot when I play, so it's nice to have a little elbow room and an audience that likes to dance. I can usually sing for 2 hours total before my voice is shot, but I can extend the time if you're willing to add instrumental music to the set list.
For the past several years I have traveled between New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and some other cities, playing songs in the streets. Over that time I've gotten all kinds of songs into my trick bag: Roots Blues, Crooner Jazz Standards, Country, 70's folk pop, and anything that's on the radio from the 80's onward. I was classically trained so I also like to sing Arias when I get the chance.
Musicians are always looking to make a difference to people; I'm no exception. Wherever I play, I want to know what's going to make people dance or sing. I want to know what they love about music and life. My favorite thing is to get an invitation to play a gig with music I've never heard of before. That's how I've learned everything I know thus far, and there's nothing I love better than flying by the seat of my pants into a musical experience with a bunch of new faces.
Hit me up and let me know what your pleasure is. I'm aim to please and to explore new music wherever I go.
Past Booked Events
|May 10, 2014||Sweet 16 Party|
If I were to play a solo set in Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, here's what I'd play...
Landslide - Fleetwood Mac
Sounds of Silence - Simon and Garfunkel
The A Team - Ed Sheeran
Vincent - Don mclean
Parlami d'amore - Cesare Bixio
solamente una vez - Agustin Lara
flor de la canela - Chabuca Granda
The Way You Look Tonight - Jerome Kern
Someone to watch over me - George Gershwin
Just the way you are - Billy Joel
Just the way you are - Bruno Mars
All My Loving - Beatles
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
1952 vincent black lightning - Richard Thompson
|Jon Michael Swift||Guitar, Singing, and a bag of cashews|
Influences & Inspiration
John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Juan Diego Florez, Luciano Pavarotti, Mariah Carey, Robert Johnson, Led Zeppelin, Ani Difranco, and then a few more after that.
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