Jann Klose

New York, NY United States

Jann Klose (Photo: Julie Mardin)
Genres:Folk, Reggae/Dub, Pop Rock, Alternative Pop, Pop - Adult Contemporary, Rock - Pop Rock, Rock - Alternative Pop
Bio: The Washington Post does not cover too many independent artists, but felt compelled to write about Jann Klose. They said, “Klose wins over the listener with his soaring voice, which may well be a staple of chamber pop for a long time to come.”

A citizen of the world, Jann Klose has lived on three continents, making his home in the melting pot that is New York City. Before coming to the United States as an exchange student in Cleveland, Ohio, he lived in Germany, Kenya, and South Africa. As a singer and songwriter, his music reflects this lyrically, melodically, rhythmically and in his choice of eclectic instruments and musicians.

It also shows in the people who choose to work with him. During the course of his career, Jann has worked live or in the studio with artists ranging from pioneers like Pete Seeger and Les Paul to classic rockers like Roger (The Byrds) McGuinn, and Annie (Renaissance) Haslam to major country stars like Rosanne Cash and Marty Stuart, to award winning mentors like voice teacher David Gooding and producers Marlon Graves, and Stewart Lerman. He warranted endorsements from Martin Guitars and L.R. Baggs. WGN Radio’s Steve & Johnnie, Rock Hall inductee Joey Reynolds and Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson have all personally lent a helping hand in his career.

You may well have heard Jann’s music on the Grammy-nominated Healthy Food For Thought CD, MTV’s Cribs, the soundtrack to the Paul Sorvino film Dead Broke, or seen and heard him in touring companies of The Who’s Tommy, Jekyll & Hyde, and Jesus Christ Superstar. He also has released three albums and two EPs, which can be heard around the world, on over 130 FM stations and Sirius XM in the U.S., the BBC in England to Prambors Radio in Indonesia. In less than three months thousands have viewed (and reposted) Jann’s remarkable video for DOING TIME, now featured on AOL/Spinner. Watch the video at www.youtube.com/jannklose

His most recent recordings, REVERIE (2008) and SACRIFICE EP (2010), have earned Jann respect as a singer, musician, songwriter, and someone with a new and viable slant on the music business at a time when the industry threatens to collapse under its own weight. Jann’s approach to fan sourcing of production money and concerts in areas as diverse as Chicago and Germany is creating a “cottage industry” out of popular music. REVERIE was made largely with fan support. “Using PBS as an example,” he says, “I gave out autographed CDs and held private concerts for donors.”

The key is Jann’s music. As Time Out New York succinctly explained, “Jann Klose writes warm, hooky pop music.” The Advance Wire Service states: “The first thing that’s totally unmistakable about Jann Klose is that voice – which is just light years beyond that of the typical singer-songwriter … a sound that is classy, distinctive and often irresistible.”
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