Photo: Brandon Cawood
Graphic: Rick O’Neil

What is your name?
Jon Mullins

What is your genre of music?

Give us a little bio about you.
Jon Mullins’ versatile vocal range and smooth harmonies can easily propel him into the same league as his idols, Sam Smith and Adele. But it’s his soul-bearing, heart pounding style that makes him more than just an entertainer for the masses. It’s no wonder that his multiple dynamic and emotional 2020 performances on NBC’s ‘The Voice’ gave Kelly Clarkson “chills.” Not afraid to be vulnerable, Mullins takes his audience on a deep journey with him. The Pennsylvania native moved to Nashville in 2014 to pursue music full time. But he was soon tested in the fire, along with his marriage, when his wife Whitney took a devastating fall and suffered crippling physical and mental setbacks as a result. Through the darkness, the couple relied on their faith and commitment to each other, which in turn, inspired his recent trilogy of well-received 2021 single releases, which reflected on the stress, frustration, and ultimately, unwavering love and support of that rocky experience. “Better Man” focused on his vows to see it through for better or worse, while “Get To You” dealt with the harsh realities of climbing an uphill battle. The final song, “Survive,” brought about a new light and renewed spirit. His current single “Hot Like Summer” is a fun, up tempo, dance track with soaring falsetto and driving beat that vibes like Justin Timberlake-meets-Bruno Mars. It further showcases the depth of his artistry and in the process, ignites a fire that promises to burn brightly for many years to come.

What made you go into music?
Music was a built-in aspect to my family’s life. I can remember from a very young age hearing my mom sing around the house and performing at various churches. My father was a music minister and also played trumpet. My older sister, Jacquie, played flute and sang like it was built into her DNA. I was a little bit of a late bloomer. In middle school, I picked up a trumpet and absolutely loved it. In high school, I started guitar and began my singing journey. From that moment, I knew that there was something special with singing and I wanted to find a way to do it for the rest of my life.

Who are your influences?
Chris Martin (Coldplay)- for his incredible ability to live in his own world on stage and welcome listeners in.

Adele – for her powerful vocals and multiple vocal textures.

Sam Smith – for the raw emotion that can make you feel every single note on a different level.

Ed Sheeran – for the storytelling. Ed somehow can tell a story in such a way that it’s almost like you disappear for 3 minutes and live his song.

Those are just a FEW of the influences that have helped shaped my music into what it is today.

Are you a signed?
I am not currently signed.

You released your new single ‘Hot Like Summer’, tell us more about the single.
I’m so incredibly excited about this song. It is unlike any track I’ve released before. It’s uptempo and groovy with some retro influences. Some have referred to it as Bruno Mars meets Justin Timberlake. It makes you wanna dance, but also tells a story at the same time.

What is the meaning behind the Single?
“Hot Like Summer” is about when I first met my wife, Whitney. There was something so electric about our connection from the first time we met. All I could do was think about her… every waking moment. She made me feel like I never had before, like I was truly breathing for the first time. In the bridge of the song, you’ll hear it touch on a little bit of a more sensitive subject. My parents had just recently divorced when I met Whitney and I was so scared of love that it felt like she was the perfect thing happening at the worst time. So she had to knock some of those walls down. BUT, here we are today!

What was the writing and recording process like?
I had actually written most of “Hot Like Summer” about 1.5 to 2 years before recording it. I was waiting for the right producer and the right time. I had been working for a while with Ryan Prewett, an incredible producer here in Nashville, for a couple of releases and then I decided to ask him if he would tackle it with me. Pop with a retro flair is Ryan’s specialty, so we actually got through the track-building process pretty quickly. Chris Condon came into the studio to lay down some guitar magic which was the final glue that the track needed.

Describe the track in two words.
You know that feeling where you’re driving in a car with the windows down, or riding in a boat that’s speeding through water, or lounging on the beach and the wind is blowing through your hair…. and you feel like you could just stay in that moment forever?? That’s this song, let me put it into two words….. “Endless Summer”

Who did you work with on the song?
Ryan Prewett produced the track and also mixed it. Chris Condon played guitar. Sam Moses did the mastering . The photography for the cover was done by Brandon Cawood. The font graphics on the artwork were created by Rick O’Neil.

Will we see a music video and if so what can we expect?
There is a music video to be released after the initial song release! We haven’t announced the date yet. Brandon Cawood filmed and directed it and I can’t wait for you to see it. What you can expect to see is a beachy, summery, colorful vibe…… and you may or may not see some Jon Mullins dance moves, whether you want to or not. Haha.

What else can we expect in 2021?
In 2021, you can count on more new music. We have tracks that are already written and recorded, waiting for your ears to hear them!

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
In five years, you can catch me still doing exactly what I love….making music and performing.

What quote or saying do you always stick by?
“Don’t stop until you’re proud.”

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Guitar, gum, water, set list, Listerine breath spray or strips.

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Official Website
Tik Tok

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