The Spotlight


By Maura Harwood

Who:  Jon McLaughlin
Where:  Nashville, TN
Sounds like:  Ben Folds, Dave Barnes, Ben Rector

If you’re a fan of the singer-songwriter scene (and subsequently some of the most beautiful lyrics you’ll ever listen to), you’ve probably heard of Jon McLaughlin. Since 2007, Jon McLaughlin has been gracing the music industry with his gorgeous piano melodies and serious songwriting chops.

You may know some of his hit songs such as “Beautiful Disaster,” “Summer Is Over” (a killer duet with Sara Bareilles), and “So Close,” the song written for the movie Enchanted that earned him an Oscar nomination and a performance at the 80th Academy Awards. His music has also been featured on some of television’s biggest shows, including Madame Secretary, Chicago Fire and So You Think You Can Dance. One of his songs even impressed Queen Bey herself, leading her to cover “Smack Into You.”

McLaughlin has recently announced his new single, “Before You,” from his new album  Like Us which is set to release on October 9th. The release of the new album will precede a cross-country tour that will hit 24 states, kicking off in Dallas, TX on October 15th and concluding with a show in Indianapolis, IN, McLaughlin’s hometown, on December 5th.

Armed with good looks, an adorable personality and some of the most beautiful and heartfelt lyrics out there, it’s not hard not to majorly swoon over Jon McLaughlin. The best is yet to come for this artist!

“Before You” single stream:

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