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Jonathan Karrant

Jonathan Karrant is an American singer born in Fort Smith AR. His album, “On and On” hit #4 on the Billboard Jazz charts and was released on January 8th, 2013. It features such songs as “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight”, and “Doodlin’” as well as the title track, and was produced by Tyler Monks, with pianist Josh Nelson, bassist Rob Thorsen, guitarist Mark Shapiro, and drummer Duncan Moore. “A voice, romantic without being cloying, warm but not forced, Jonathan carries songs with an emotional weight that reaches your soul. At the same time he can swing with the kind of jazz suave that was patented by Mel Torme.” Jazz Corner

Jonathan has received several honors including; the New York City Jazz Cabaret Honors, “Best Singer” for the Bravo California Awards and was named one of the top 12 rising jazz vocalists by Downbeat. Jonathan was asked to present two-time Grammy Award winner, Diane Schurr, with the proclamation of “Diane Schurr Day” in Palm Springs, Ca.

He studied performance in New York City at the William Esper Studio, and music with the Seth Riggs Vocal Method with Greg Enriquez in Los Angeles. He also studied privately under the direction of Marilyn Maye and Kurt Eling.

While living in Las Vegas, Jonathan initiated a venture with Vincent Falcone, Sinatra’s musical director/pianist, in a ten song CD, entitled “Introducing Jonathan Karrant”.

In his popular single, “Lady in Red” (written by Chris De Burgh) released on May 11th, 2015, Jonathan truly shines. Backed by pianist Mikan Zlatkovich, bassist Bob Magnusson and drummer Duncan Moore, Karrant sets himself apart from other contemporaries on this single. Ultimately, he displays a brilliance through phrasing and languid passages that linger. ~ NYC After Dark Jonathan’s album Live was recorded in Las Vegas at one of the top 10 performing art centers in the world; The Smith Center. The new record was released on October 16th 2018 and reached # 2 on the iTunes Jazz Charts. Recorded on the album are some of Jonathan signature songs including one of his most popular, Teach Me Tonight. The album features Saxophonist Charles McNeal, Pianist Jason Corpuz, Bassist David Ostrem, and Drummer Paul Ringenbach. 

In 2020 Jonathan released the first vocal jazz recording of Mariah Carey‘s iconic pop holiday song All I Want For Christmas Is You. The single was greeted with high regard and featured Charles McNeal, James Whiting, Patrick Hogan, Nick Schmitt and Jeremy Klewicki on the recording. It was mastered by award-winning musical engineer Josh Connolly.

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Album Review

Jonathan Karrant: Eclectic

Read "Eclectic" reviewed by Dave Linn

Born and raised at the foothills of the Ozarks in the old western town of Fort Smith, Arkansas east of the Arkansas River, Jonathan Karrant fell under the influence of his artistic mother. As a child, it is said he sang for hours every day, making his public debut at the age of seven at his local church. That summer, being a precocious child, he walked into a nightclub and asked the band to accompany him while he sang “Stormy ...

Album Review

Jonathan Karrant: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by Jim Olin

Jonathan Karrant is a soulful vocalist with a broad melodic reach, showcasing his might in this concert in Las Vegas at the globally-renowned Smith Center. The album combines standards and lesser-known fare, each given a smooth, appealing rendition. Karrant is certainly a dynamic performer as this show vividly showcases. This beautiful concert document is a sublime example of Karrant's tuneful vocal delivery and amazing range. His voice is sultry, yet dynamic and confident, achieving a rich tone and ...

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An Interview With Jazz Crooner Jonathan Karrant

Source: Lauren Rogers

Q: When did you decide to become a singer? A: I always knew I wanted to be an entertainer. At age 6 I had my first solo at church. I became very involved with theater; however, by age 20 I realized that singing was most important to me and put all my energy into music. Q: Was jazz always your primary music of choice? A: I have always been drawn toward jazz, to songs with wonderful, interesting melodies and amazing, ...


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