Jon Yoon is a Ukulele Acoustic Pop artist from Seattle by way of Chicago. From his classical roots and love of many music genres, his influences range from artists like Jason Mraz, Michael Buble, and more. He is often entertaining Pike Place Market tourists with ukulele versions of popular songs and originals. Jon looks to make a big musical impact with a tiny instrument.
From piano lessons as a child, immersing himself in music classes in high school and college, and learning how to play multiple instruments, music was a passion that was put on the back-burner when moving from Chicago to Seattle in 1997, but not truly forgotten.
Rediscovering the love of making music and choosing the ukulele as the main weapon of choice, Jon looks to share his soul to the world, one note at a time.
Jon Yoon doesn’t disappoint in his debut Ep, “Purple Roses, Coffee Beans, and All Things In Between “. It’s minimal, mellow, a little introspective, and not completely polished, which is great for a minstrel spinning tales. His stream of consciousness lyrical clamor is as energizing as his soulful resonance in this Ep is addictive. This is a great album for easy listening and relaxing.
If you listen to this 6-track Ep from beginning to end, you’re served with a reminder that Ukulele-wielding Jon Yoon is not a typical artist producing typical fluff. Yoon is an eclectic musician at the core, and just like the medieval minstrels or troubadours, who replaced them in the 15th century; he creates stories that can speak on any level.
Jon Yoon is one of those artists that only with his voice can make you feel like you are at home. His music and his personality soar throughout the tracks. The cd just conveys such serenity. He will delight you immensely with a mysterious lure that will keep you captivated and almost hypnotized. The Ukulele rhythms are mystifying, giving the Ep a charm, beauty, and excellence unto itself.
“Purple Roses, Coffee Beans, and All Things In Between” does not depend on technical or sonic gadgetry to captivate the listener. The instrumentation is absolutely minimal, often relying solely on Yoon’s powerfully clear voice and a simple Ukulele backing. Sparsely scattered around the tracks, you’ll hear subtle bass-lines, percussion or some harmony embellishments.
My favorite tracks are “Pretty White Lies”, “Lucky”, “Trouble” and “Hey Mariana”. There is no doubt that Yoon is talented, but while you may love the idea of a man and his Ukulele, it is easy for this kind of music to slide into the realms of the utterly uninspired. This is not the case with “Purple Roses, Coffee Beans, and All Things In Between” as the Ep conveys depth of emotions with simple melody. There are no gimmicks to show off Yoon’s musical prowess. The music just seems to flow naturally. Listening to Jon Yoon will renew your faith in the power of music to elevate states of being.