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J.S. ONDARA’S DEBUT ALBUM, TALES OF AMERICA, IS OUT TODAY

 

 

NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINING TOUR INCLUDES DATE IN TORONTO ON MARCH 26 AT THE DRAKE UNDERGROUND

 

 

 

 

15 February 2019 (Toronto, ON) - Tales of America, the debut album from breakout singer-songwriter J.S. Ondara, is out today via Verve Forecast/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. Already, the album is receiving widespread critical acclaim:

 

“Ondara owns a striking singing voice, which ranges from a velvety croon to an immaculate upper-register. Really, you’ve just got to hear it yourself.”

- Billboard

 

“Singing songs about America through his unique perspective and stunning voice.”

- NPR Music

 

“…a clear-eyed acoustic newcomer’s tale of American promise and calamity that establishes him as an invigorating new voice in American folk music.”

- Rolling Stone

 

“It’s that sense of searching combined with Ondara’s spellbinding and, well, haunting voice that makes this an early contender for one of the finest and most moving Americana albums of the year.”

- American Songwriter

 

 

Ondara also recently appeared on NPR’s World Café. Watch/listen HERE.

 

Tales of America is a completely acoustic album produced by Grammy-nominated Mike Viola (Jenny Lewis). The LP was recorded at Boulevard Recording and East West Studios in Los Angeles, with all lyrics written by Ondara and featuring collaborations with Andrew Bird, Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes and Joey Ryan of The Milk Carton Kids. Listen to Tales of America HERE and watch the previously released videos for “American Dream” HERE, “Saying Goodbye” HERE and “Torch Song” HERE.

 

To celebrate Tales of America’s release, Ondara kicks off a North American headlining tour next month which includes one Canadian date in Toronto on March 26 at The Drake Underground. The tour follows last year’s dates supporting Lindsey Buckingham.

 

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. Since then, he has toured nationwide, opening for Anderson East, First Aid Kit, The Milk Carton Kids, Mt. Joy, and The Head & The Heart

 

 

J.S. Ondara – Tales of America:

 

1. American Dream

2. Torch Song

3. Saying Goodbye

4. Days Of Insanity

5. Television Girl

6. Turkish Bandana

7. Lebanon

8. Good Question

9. Master O’Connor

10. Give Me a Moment

11. God Bless America

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Josh Cheuse

 

 

 

 

 

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