Jonny Glenn

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

My name is Jonathan Guedalia, born Jonathan Glenn, now on stage as Jonny Glenn. I was born in Charleston, SC in the United States on December 8th, 1995. I grew up in a house with just my mom but I was surrounded by her side of the family in my hometown. We are very close.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

My mom tells me she remembers me singing to the Seven Dwarfs from Snow White and marching around our living room at a very young age but I don’t recall. I was just very musical growing up, always singing. She could tell if I was sick or sad or something was wrong if I wasn’t singing in the car wherever we were going. I started piano at a young age, sang in and out of choruses and by high school I had to start performing with bands since there was no chorus in my school.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

The genre of “Sail Away” is pop. The song is about a guy and a girl who are struggling and just need to get away from everything around them, life’s struggles… to just be together. They need to “sail away” to have a break… a vacation in a sense.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

I feel like I’m on this planet to be a performer and share my songs with people. It feels like it comes from within me. Regarding the music business, I’ve met lots of people who have wanted to work together… some have been great and some haven’t. It’s just a lot of searching until you find the right fit, whether that’s with a band, management, advisors, mentors or anyone.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

The track was first created by a producer in New York who pitched a few tracks to me. From there, we found a melody that worked and started writing over it/recording vocals. All of it was done in different locations. Pretty cool how not everyone has to be in the same room to create something together.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I’ve been performing since in high school at bars and in front of people, IE not through a chorus. But have been in the “music business” for a few years now. Even though the business side of things has been for a few years, my heart has always been in it for what feels like an indefinite amount of time.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

I first started writing in high school. On my birthday, sophomore year of high school, a kid lit himself on fire in the courtyard of my school and a ton of people saw. Luckily I didn’t but a ton of people were scared and traumatized for weeks. I started playing guitar and the song – a tribute to him – just poured out of me. It’s called “Aaron”. His name. From there, I started seeking that same release from writing more and more, becoming more observant of my surroundings and feelings and writing songs about them.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

The secret behind a hit song… catchy, good chord progression, makes you want to dance. I don’t know of a formula but you just know when you hear it.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

I’d like my fans to believe fully that they can achieve anything, just like me. Not come from much and make it happen. The only person that can defeat you is you, so don’t let that happen.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

To an upcoming artist, I would say to play as much as possible. You will get a feel of your strengths and weaknesses in front of small audiences and see what works well and what doesn’t. Take shows that don’t pay, just to get that experience. It will help in the long run.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

“Sail Away” just charted #126 on iTunes pop 200 above Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ so that was exciting.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

Writing just starts with an idea. Usually I’ll go to piano first and lay out the chords. From there it transforms with a producer and we can make a full production together in studio.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Justin Bieber, The Weeknd,  Adam Lambert, Panic at the Disco and Lady Gaga.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

“Sail Away” features LILI N and Eventide but if I could do anything with the above artists in the future, that’d be amazing.

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.
Search Jonny Glenn on any streaming service to find.

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

I think most of my days are pretty happy. My saddest day: I was 4 years old at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and it started pouring down rain. No rides for me. So sad.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I would donate some of the cash but use it to live and keep the music engine running. Keep making songs, videos, etc.

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