"...held the audience spellbound..."
"...a warmth and richness reminiscent of Billy Joel."
"...a perfectly breathtaking array of dazzling, witty, poignant songs whose poetry could chill your heart or enchant your senses..."
"For me [this year,] one concert stands out head and shoulders above all others for its musical and human insight..."
"An orchestral combination of voice and instrument; brimming with beauty and lacking for nothing."
Jonathan has worn a wide and wonderful path to a solo music career. Born and bred in Christchurch, New Zealand, he has enjoyed a successful 20 years as an actor, singer, pianist, musical director and vocal coach throughout Australia and New Zealand.
With his background as a rock/pop singer and his training as an actor, Jonathan was cast as Simon in the hugely successful New Zealand and Australian tours of Jesus Christ Superstar. For the next 14 years he called Australia home as he performed in a succession of shows including Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Guys and Dolls, Gypsy and Only Heaven Knows.
As arranger and musical director for the highly acclaimed Kylie Minogue tribute musical “I Should Be So Lucky,” Jonathan received a nomination for a Green Room Award. This was one of a number of musicals which he musically directed in Melbourne.
Jonathan's original musical “King of the World” (written with Peter Murphy and Damon Fealy) was short listed for the prestigious Pratt Prize for New Australian Musicals and remains in development with a third workshop production due later this year.
Jonathan’s writing skills were also in frequent demand with the formation of a Corporate Entertainment company for which he created tailor-made music, lyrics and shows for clients including Honda, Oracle, Damovo, Accpac and Melbourne Storm.
But he remained a regular visitor to NZ, appearing in many concerts as a soloist with the Christchurch Symphony including the concert he created with Tim Beveridge, “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Baritones.”
In 2003 he also began performing his solo piano/vocal shows, initially in cabaret settings with only the occasional original tune thrown in. His original songs have won him accolades as a finalist in the 2010 UK Song Writing competition.
Jonathan lives in Cust, North Canterbury, 35 minutes from what's left of downtown Christchurch, with his wife Emma and young sons Otto and Caspar. Together they have an old colonial house, half an acre, four chickens, two lambs, a cat and a view of the snow capped mountains.