Besides taking the microphone to sing, Jonathan Roberts lends it to many others so their unique voices can be heard and celebrated. Jonathan is an insatiable singer, blogger, entrepreneur, public speaker, world traveler, and underground culture aficionado—doing it all with the energy of a New York minute.
Long before Star Search or American Idol became sensations, he was a diaper-clad 2 year-old with curly blonde hair who would stand inside an air-popper cardboard box, “plug in” a microphone to the floor, and “set up stage” for public performances. This toddler who routinely wandered about his family’s Arizona home singing out whatever came through my heart and voice. This was the beginning of a life-long passion for singing and the seeds that would eventually grow to become ILoveToSing.com.
As a child, Jonathan began recording for local Phoenix, Arizona studios and sang with school and church choirs. In his teenage years he shined in school and community choirs, with show choir groups, and in jazz and rock bands. He also ranked 1st Chair Tenor in All-State Concert and Jazz Choirs, portrayed lead roles in many musical theater productions, and became a sought after studio artist. As an adult he has enjoyed singing with varied international stars Wynonna Judd, Marie Osmond, the NY Met Opera’s Ariel Bybee, Broadway’s Christeena Riggs, American Idol’s Brooke White, and Yanni Voices’ Nathan Pacheco, among others.
In 2010, Jonathan began providing artist development services in recording production, branding, music business, live performance coaching, showcases, and merchandising. In the first year, Jonathan assisted several artists directly, including Firefly—a Country Pop sisters trio—to develop their brand and secure needed funds to start their recording career in Nashville with Taylor Swift’s and Rascall Flatts’ producers and musicians.
Through the website ILoveToSing.com—established May of 2011—he is leading a movement for singers who want to pursue a new standard for career development to achieve artistic authenticity, musical excellence, and lasting influence. He oversees all aspects of ILoveToSing.com: development and administration of its services and products, and active participation in its community. He personally works with artists through coaching, interviews, workshops, conferences, music events, and sharing the stage. His energy, direction, friendliness and professional approach puts artists at ease and ultimately brings out the very best in them.
In addition to singing, Jonathan is an accomplished composer, arranger, pianist, and music producer. His creativity is not limited to music; He is also an avid gardener and chef. He has worked as a choreographer and as a graphic artist. Jonathan worked for NFL Hall of Famer Steve Young to create marketing materials and events for dozens of children’s charities. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marriage, Family & Human Development with minors in Media Music and Journalism.
The clients and fans who are getting to know Jonathan best can assure that the multi-talented creator of ILoveToSing.com will prove anything but pedestrian. In similar fashion to Anthony Bourdain and Mike Rowe, who have built brands by traveling and getting their hands into the work of those who share their passions, Jonathan is setting out to explore every corner of the singing world to encounter the weird, wild, and downright outrageous personalities and places that help define the musical cultural landscape. Whether it’s pulling all-nighters in a dark studio as an emerging star works to capture a new signature sound, flying over a roaring crowd in Los Angeles on a zip-line, busking for change in Nashville, or grappling the guttural techniques of throat-singing, Jonathan grasps the hand of adventure when it comes calling.
In the world of a singer, an understanding and appreciation of how and why others pursue the art of song is akin to discovering secret societies and cryptic subcultures. And, as audiences around the world are beginning to experience, singing is a powerful mode to understanding a wider view of how people live in unfamiliar places.
Join Jonathan Roberts as he navigates his conquest to discover singers who provide life’s truths and surprises.
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