J.S. ONDARA, NPR MUSIC SLINGSHOT ARTIST AND ROLLING STONE COUNTRY’S “ARTISTS YOU NEED TO KNOW”, TO RELEASE HIS DEBUT ALBUM, TALES OF AMERICA, ON FEBRUARY 15
UPCOMING HEADLINING CANADIAN TOUR DATE IN TORONTO ON MARCH 26 AFTER WRAPPING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM
28 January 2019 (Toronto, ON) – J.S. Ondara’s debut album, Tales of America, is set for release February 15 via Verve Forecast/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. “It is essentially a documentation of my time in America,” Ondara explains. “A deliberation on the times, and a search for wisdom and the American dream.”
Last week, Ondara released a session version of his latest single, “Torch Song”. Watch the video for “Torch Song” (SST Studio Session) HERE.
The completely acoustic album was produced by Grammy-nominated Mike Viola (Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis) and was recorded at Boulevard Recording and East West Studios in Los Angeles. All lyrics were written by Ondara and the album features collaborations with artists including Andrew Bird, Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes and Joey Ryan of The Milk Carton Kids. Pre-order Tales of America HERE.
After releasing “American Dream”, the first single from his upcoming debut album, J.S. Ondara was named an NPR Music Slingshot Artist. The Slingshot program is a collective effort among tastemaking NPR member stations to introduce exceptional up-and-coming artists. NPR Music explains he’s “singing songs about America through his unique perspective and stunning voice.” Additionally, Rolling Stone Country is featuring Ondara amongst their “Artists You Need To Know.” Brooklyn Vegan called it “...yet another example of J.S. Ondara’s knack for making powerful, gripping music that has an old soul but doesn’t sound outdated.” Watch the video for “American Dream” HERE.
Ondara just wrapped a North American tour with Lindsey Buckingham. He has previously supported Anderson East, First Aid Kit, The Milk Carton Kids and Mt. Joy as well as performing on recent dates with The Head & The Heart.
J.S. Ondara grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, listening to American alt-rock and making up his own songs for as long as he can remember. At an early age, he fell in love with the music of Bob Dylan and moved to Minneapolis in 2013 to pursue a career as a singer and songwriter. He began making his way in the local music scene, continually writing songs about what he saw, felt and experienced in a place far different from home.
J.S. Ondara – Tales of America:
- American Dream
- Torch Song
- Saying Goodbye
- Days Of Insanity
- Television Girl
- Turkish Bandana
- Good Question
- Master O’Connor
- Give Me a Moment
- God Bless America
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