Primary Instrument: Vocalist
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.”
Born in Germany and raised in Africa, Jann Klose brings an element of world music to his adult-contemporary pop-rock. His latest record Reverie offers songs of thoughtful introspection and longing. Rich arrangements feature orchestral strings, jazzy horns and old-world accordion in addition to the standard bass, drums and guitar. Highlights include the melancholy 'Mother Said, Father Said' and Latin- flavored 'Clouds.' - PERFORMING SONGWRITER
There are wonderfully atmospheric folk pop moments reminiscent of the most accessible work of David Gray and Francis Dunnery (Beautiful Dream, Mother Said, Father Said) and others that shimmer like Sting's latterday jazz leanings via a contemporary Kurt Weill songwriting angle (Doing Time) and still others that hint at his African connection (Watching You Go). Klose doesn't fit comfortably in any particular genre, with jazz and pop and folk elements woven tightly into his sonic textures in a way that guarantees a relatively broad appeal across stylistic lines. - BLURT ONLINE
Tracks: Beautiful Dream; Hold Me Down; Doing Time; Mother Said, Father Said; Clouds; Give In To This Life; All These Rivers; Question Of The Heart, Remember Your Name; Ithaca; Watching You Go; The Beginning
Personnel: Producers: Jann Klose, Stewart Lerman Mixing/Engineers: Stewart Lerman, James Frazee Mastering: Dominick Maita, Airshow Mastering Chris Marolf: bass; Lars Potteiger: keyboards; Leah Potteiger: violin; Patrick Carmichael: drums; Megan Marolf: oboe; Pedro da Silva: Portuguese guitar; Dan Brantigan: trumpet, flugelhorn; Doug Hinrichs: percussion; Ryan Scott: guitars. .
Tracks: Black Box; It's Not The Way; Fever In My Heart, Walk Through the River.
Personnel: Producer/Mixing: Marlon J. Graves Engineer/Mixing: Nic Hard Mastering: Vlado Meller, Sony Music Studios Jann Klose: vocals, guitar; Chris Marolf: bass; musician list is incomplete in this listing.
The Strangest Thing
Tracks: One Little Chance; Closer by the Minute; What You Believe; You Belong Here; The Strangest Thing; Walking On the Fine Line; Eye of the Needle, Real Easy To Say.
Personnel: Producer/Mixing: Kevin Raleigh Engineer: Greg Zydic Jann Klose: vocals, guitars; Sherry Luchette: bass; musician list incomplete in this listing.
Tracks: Enough Said; To The Deep End; Coming Around To An Easy Time; Real Easy To Say, Anyday Morning; Here Today; Wide Fields; To the Sea; Nothing to Conceal; If This Would Be My God; Higher Ground.
Personnel: Jann Klose: vocals, guitar. Musician list incomplete.
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