Jon Allen Releases His New Single 'Leaving London'

We all have hopes and dreams, but "how long do you hang on to a dream?" With his new single, Jon Allen shares his journey when he struggled as a singer-songwriter.

"How long do you hang on to a dream? When do you give up and try something new? Over time ambition and blind hope gives way to fatalism. ‘Leaving London’ is about the tension between old dreams and new. As a singer songwriter struggling to establish a career in the city I have been forced to face these conflicting feelings." 

Allen has released 5 studio albums to date: carving a niece over the last 10 years as a talented singer, songwriter and producer. Discovered by legendary guitarist Mark Knopfler who heard him singing at a party in West London, he subsequently toured with the guitar icon supporting him at Wembley Arena and on the rest of the European leg of the ‘All The Road Runners’ tour with Emmy Lou Harris. Mark Knopfler also played guitar and sang on his song ‘Sarah’ that appears on his debut album ‘Dead Man’s Suit’ 


More success came when his song ‘Going Home’ was chosen for a worldwide TV advert for a Landrover. In the wake of this he signed a deal with UK Label Absolute who have since released all his future output.     


He has collaborated and performed with a enviable and diverse selection of artist including Damien Rice, Sharon Shannon, Brian May, Seal and Dionne Warwick as well as Jools Holland who had him appear on the iconic Later With Jools Holland TV show and as part of the BBC’s coverage of Glastonbury.  

“Most of this album was recorded at home. There were a few key people who saved me from the madness or, as Quincy Jones once said ‘the paralysis of analysis’ that comes when you don’t have another creative mind to give you perspective on what you are doing. 

Two old friends, that I went to The Liverpool Institute Of Performing Arts with, brothers Adam and Dan Skinner were able to get me over the line with this record, Adam adding the wonderful string arrangements on two of the songs ‘Blame At All On Me’ and ‘How Long’ and Dan who improved my best efforts as a mix engineer bringing an openness and space to the sound that was missing.

What to say of the end result. I am always too close to things to be objective. All I can say is I go back to these recordings and I still enjoy listening to them which is something, considering how many times I’ve heard them already. Like everybody else in these times, I feel as if we have all been through a gamut of emotions, I think the record reflects that. The song 'Western Shore' was written at the height of the fist lock down and yearns for Irelands Wild Atlantic Way whilst 'Hold On' which I began writing before the pandemic has been given a new meaning by recent events.


I am really excited to get back on the road and play the new record to my fans."

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