Jon Allen Releases the Folk Single “Mercy”, Third New Track off His Upcoming Album
UK singer-songwriter, Jon Allen releases his third single of 2021 with “Mercy”, featured on his forthcoming album, ‘…meanwhile‘. Available on May 21st via OK!Good Records, Jon’s fifth studio album is the perfect blend of his output as a songwriter, with introspective and emotional lyrics inspired by the times we’re living in.
“It’s been almost three years since my last album and so much has changed for everybody. Global events have forced us to look inward and estranged us from the people who we once relied on.” – Jon Allen
“Can I change these clothes I’ve worn?
Shed this old skin and be reborn
Give me time, and a peaceful mind
Give me mercy”
New lead track, “Mercy” is a meditation on guilt, regret and redemption. An emphatic acoustic guitar underpins and insistent vocal that tells the story of a man with more of life in his rear view mirror than up ahead.
Due to lockdown restrictions most of ‘…meanwhile’ was recorded at home, with Jon performing a majority of the instruments along with producing the entire album himself for the first time. He was backed by two old friends he met at The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, brothers Adam and Dan Skinner and percussionist, Luke Bullen. “Like everybody else in these time I feel as if we have all been through a gamut of emotions, I think this record reflects that,” states Jon.
In the last ten years Jon has carved out a niche as a recording artist and live performer supporting such acts as Damien Rice, Brian May, Seal and Dionne Warwick whom he supported at the Albert Hall. His songs and distinctive voice can be heard across films/TV both in the United Kingdom and in America, including hit shows Homeland and Bones, and movies like The Oranges, Save Haven and Army of One. He’s also written songs for artists like Petula Clarke, Engelbert Humperdinck and record producer Guy Chambers.
“Mercy” follows up the bluesy “How Long” and the uplifting “Hold On” as Jon teases the different sounds of his upcoming album. On the record Jon states, “I hope the different moods on the record transport the listener and bring them some escape from the claustrophobia of this moment.” ‘…meanwhile’ is available on May 21st, 2021.