Jon River dove into writing music head first after a former career in IT. Music has always been his therapy, his crutch. He was gifted his first guitar by his step dad at age 13. Jon became enthralled by the guitar. He found his musical self in college where he had his first experiences playing to an audience, performing alternative covers in the CAB coffeehouse at Umass Dartmouth in 2007.
He has been writing music for the past 11 years. Prior to creating music full time, he sharpened his skill set as the front man in several successful cover acts, including Designated Driver, who developed a following from the local Salve Regina University in Newport, RI in 2011. He has a debut EP out titled “Learning To Fly”, an EP of 6 songs, recorded and mastered by producers Liam and Declan Jenkins at The Music Building in New York City at Someday’s Studios, a new single titled In This Together, as well as securing radio airplay at a myriad of stations.
Boasting excellent performances and a great deal of heart, “In This Together” is a tremendously uplifting country inspired-infused rock tune that contains a powerful message at its core. Jon River has done a splendid job of crafting an engaging and highly-listenable tune that is both well-balanced and full of the artist’s unique charisma, managing to effortlessly flex his evidently strong songwriting skills with great confidence and conviction.” – Andre Avanessian