With a voice that is equal parts Rod Stewart, Van Morrison and Sam Cooke, British troubadour Jon Allen has an uncanny ability to write songs that feel instantly familiar. Originally discovered by Mark Knopfler in 2006 (who later offered to play guitar for him), Allen broke onto the music scene with the single, “In Your Light” from his 2009 debut album Dead Man’s Suit, which landed him a coveted spot on Later…with Jools Holland. Holland described how he first heard Allen on the radio and had to Shazam the track with his phone to find out who the singer was before insisting he was booked for the show. “It was one of the most amazing voices I’ve heard this year,” Holland explained.
Throughout his career, Allen has become a go-to favorite for US music supervisors, with his songs being featured in hit prime time TV shows such as Homeland and Bones, along with movies like The Oranges, Save Haven and Army of One.
The Devon born, raspy voiced singer-songwriter made an impression in the United States with the 2012 OK!Good release of his album, Sweet Defeat. Showing an impressive air of confidence and maturity in his songwriting, Sweet Defeat seamlessly transitions from solo acoustic, finger picked songs to upbeat and instantly memorable band anthems.
In 2014, Allen released his highly anticipated album, Deep River on July 8th via OK!Good Records. Deep River sees Allen paying tribute to great tunes of the past; mixing catchy Sixties-inflected rock, soul, and country blues. Featuring the stand-out single, “Night & Day,” the album finds Jon Allen channeling his wide range of influences with songs covering relationships, moving on, and finding oneself.
Now, with the 2018 release of his fourth studio album, Blue Flame, Allen has developed his folk-rock driven sound into a more blue eyed soul approach. While all of Allen’s previous albums contained soulful elements, Blue Flame represents the singer’s first out-and-out soul record, bringing a soulful confection of feel-good tunes delivered with Allen’s inimitable whisky-soaked voice.
“I wrote this album to try and cheer myself up. My three previous albums were much more downbeat, so I figured with this record we could all do with a pick-me-up!” – Jon Allen
From the infectious optimism of the album’s opening soul shuffle “Jonah’s Whale” to the resolute “Keep On Walking” and the poignant-yet-hopeful refrain of “Better Day”, Allen illuminates the common experiences of joy, love, loss and change, ultimately reminding us it is what we share that matters more than what divides us.
OK!Good Records’ North American release of Blue Flame features an exclusive bonus track with the infectious, “You”. There is also a limited-edition vinyl pressing of the album pressed by Allen’s own label, Monologue Records, available for import.
Visit Jon Allen’s website at jonallenmusic.com