Jonny P is a soul visionary.
“Suppose all music is apple pie,” says Jonny P. “Every genre is apple pie, but soul music is the only one that’s served hot with ice cream on the side.” In just a few years the Bronx-born, Nashville-based singer- songwriter has served up some truly delicious tunes rooted in the sounds of the past but anchored firmly and irrevocably in the present, defined by disarmingly direct arrangements, a superlatively smooth vocal style, and an undying belief in the power of soul. “Soul music should invoke all the emotions. If it’s a crying song, you should be bawling your eyes out. If it’s a happy song, you should be grinning from ear to ear.”
Jonny P is a soul visionary. In addition to wrapping his first role in the upcoming film by director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal (who won Oscars for The Hurt Locker), a fictionalized chronicle of the Detroit riots of 1967, he released his second EP, Good To You, April 21st. Working with mix engineer Tom Elmhirst (Adele, Frank Ocean, Amy Winehouse), drummer James Gadson (Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Herbie Hancock) and produced by Goffrey Moore (Momma Rosa: Bryan Blade), Jonny P has crafted a set of songs that showcase his superlatively silky vocals, his declarative melodies, and his less- is-much-more arrangements. Whether he’s posing a simple question (“Just Say I Do”) or promising lifelong devotion (“Good to You”), his music sounds both warmly familiar and vividly innovative.Suite,” his first album, arrived in 2014, and got him enough tour spots with bigger acts like Big Sean and Ty Dolla Sign to make rent. “Arcade,” from last year, tugged fans closer in; in a warm review, Pitchfork called the album “affecting” and “the work of an empathetic writer,” praising its moments of autobiography about family, girls, school, and everyday life, while NPR observed it "would make Bootsy Collins beam with pride." Recent records from D’Angelo, Pharrell, and Kendrick Lamar have only emboldened Jones’s fascination with live instrumentation and reinforced his love for soul and funk textures: he is currently preparing new music for release in early 2018.