Jon Bellion

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Jon Bellion
Birth name Jonathan David Bellion
Born (1990-12-26) December 26, 1990 (age 27)
Lake Grove, New York, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • keyboards
  • sampler
Years active 2009–present
Labels
Associated acts
  • Blaque Keyz
  • Travis Mendes
Website www.jonbellion.com

Jonathan David Bellion[1] (born December 26, 1990) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. He was born and raised in Lake Grove, New York on Long Island.[2] He is known for his single "All Time Low". Bellion has released four mixtapes and one studio album, the most recent of which, The Human Condition, was released on June 10, 2016, and it debuted at number five on the US Billboard 200.[3]

He is currently signed to Visionary Music Group[4] and Capitol Records. Bellion also provided vocals for the 2015 EDM song "Beautiful Now" by Zedd and opened the concerts from the third leg of Twenty One Pilots' Emotional Roadshow World Tour.

Early life[edit]

Bellion was born and raised in Lake Grove, New York, in his parents' house with his sisters and brother, and until recently, still lived at home with his parents. He is of Italian descent.[5] Torn between his love for basketball and music throughout high school, Bellion made the choice to pursue his music career, in his junior year. After high school, he enrolled in the music program at the private Five Towns College in Dix Hills, New York.[6] At the age of 19, he decided to drop out of college and focus on writing professionally. He worked under songwriter and Warner Bros A&R executive Kara DioGuardi for a year, signing a deal through her personal publishing company. Through this experience, Bellion learned how to write songs for different artists, in genres such as rock and hip hop.[7]

Career[edit]

2011–14: Early career and various mixtapes[edit]

Bellion's first mixtape, Scattered Thoughts Vol. 1 was released in early 2011 via his Facebook page and reached over 11,000 downloads. Bellion composes and produces all of his own music. Jon Bellion signed with Visionary Music Group in 2012 and released a cover of Drake's "The Motto" on VMG's YouTube page.[8]

In 2012, Jon Bellion wrote the chorus to the song "The Monster" by Eminem featuring Rihanna.[9] This song won a Grammy Award in the 2015 Grammy Awards for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Bellion also co-wrote and produced the song "Trumpets" by Jason Derulo in 2012, which was not released until 2013 in the UK and 2014 in the US.

Jon Bellion released his fourth free project, titled The Definition, under Visionary Music Group on September 23, 2014.[10] Bellion headlined his first national tour called The Beautiful Mind Tour in October 2014.[11]

2015–2017: Touring and The Human Condition[edit]

Bellion released several singles in early 2015, including "Woodstock (Psychedelic Fiction)", "All Time Low", and "Woke the F*ck Up"[12] through Capitol Records. On March 31, 2015, Bellion announced his second national tour, The Definition Tour.[13] The tour began on May 26 and concluded on July 2. Bellion was also featured on "Beautiful Now", a song on Zedd's album True Colors, which was released on May 15, 2015. Bellion was also featured on American rapper B.o.B's album Psycadelik Thoughtz on the song "Violence".

Bellion released several acoustic versions of his songs from The Definition album. He released "All Time Low (Acoustic)" on February 26, 2016. As well as releasing "Human (Acoustic)" on March 4, 2016.

Bellion confirmed that his debut album The Human Condition was set to be released on June 10, 2016. He released three promotional singles from the album: "Guillotine", on April 13, 2016, "80's Films", on May 27, 2016, and "Maybe IDK" on June 2, 2016, with the lead single from the album, "All Time Low" releasing on May 13, 2016. On June 10, The Human Condition was officially released. Bellion states that the album is simply about being human, explaining, "Us as humans all have the same problems. We struggle with pride and tons of different issues that nobody really wants to talk about. So I figured if I'm the honest one showing how human I am, it will make people feel better about themselves." In his music, Jon talks a lot about God. He doesn’t just talk about a vague idea of faith; he makes sure to emphasize God specifically.[14] Jon Bellion also says the sonics and album artwork for The Human Condition is all to get the attention of Disney/Pixar, saying, "It's like a giant business plan for Disney Pixar because it’s always been my dream to score a movie for them. So basically if my debut album blows up, John Lasseter [of Disney Pixar] and these guys will hopefully see these images and be like 'Wait a second this is not one of our movies, what is this?'"[15] The artwork for the album was created by visual development artist David Ardinaryas Lojaya. During The Human Condition tour, Bellion announced that a representative from Pixar met him at one of his shows. He was invited to the Pixar Campus and said he might be involved in one of the Pixar sequels coming out in the next couple of years. Bellion said his favorite Pixar movie is The Incredibles.

In June 2017, Bellion was picked as Elvis Duran's Artist of the Month and was featured on NBC's Today show hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb and broadcast nationally where he performed live his single "All Time Low". Jon Bellion was the opening act for the rock duo twenty one pilots’ U.S leg of their 2017 “Emotional Roadshow tour”. The 33-show tour began on January 17 in Providence Rhode Island and ended on March 5 in Louisville Kentucky.[16]

2018—present: Second studio album[edit]

On October 13 2017, Bellion released his mixtapes "Translations Through Speakers", "The Separation" and "The Definition" on digital stores as well as releasing a collection with those three mixtapes entitled "Growth".

On January 25, Bellion teased a snippet of an upcoming song on an Instagram video.

On April 16, Bellion began teasing his next album with 4 pictures captioned with "GSP". He later changed the name of his Instagram to his band/group "Beautiful Mind".

On June 23, Bellion released a behind the scenes video of his previous album’s last track, "Hand of God".

Influences[edit]

Bellion has stated on multiple occasions that The Black Keys and Kanye West are some of his biggest inspirations. "I loved everything but it was Kanye West and The Black Keys and then pursue music." Bellion has also stated that he was inspired by Eminem, Pharrell Williams, Coldplay, John Mayer, André 3000, and more.[17][18] Bellion has also made it known that he is a big fan of J Dilla and Disney Pixar, drawing inspiration from the musician and computer animation film studio for both The Definition and The Human Condition. Bellion explains that he loves how Pixar movies are "simple yet presented in a way that is groundbreaking."[19] Bellion credits much of his musical development and success to his bandmates whom he met while in college, expressing his love for them in his “Beautiful Mind Documentary” stating, “everybody in my band has taught me something, and has gotten me to where I am because of them” continuing “I surround myself with people better than me at something, you will very rarely see somebody around me, especially musically, who I don't look up to”.[20]

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Jon Bellion's Emotional, Inspiring Journey To The Top Of The Music Industry". Elite Daily. 2016-06-21. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  3. ^ "Jon Bellion - Chart History | Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved March 1, 2017. 
  4. ^ Guarino, Nick. "Jon Bellion – Life (Music Video) : Indie / R&B / Pop Single [TSIS PREMIERE]". This Song is Sick. This Song is Sick. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Jon Bellion's Emotional, Inspiring Journey To The Top Of The Music Industry". Elite Daily. 2016-06-21. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  6. ^ "Five Towns College Former Student Jon Bellion Wins A Grammy Award | Five Towns College". Five Towns College. 2015-02-09. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  7. ^ https://www.forbes.com/sites/shawnsetaro/2016/06/22/jon-bellion-from-pop-songs-to-pixar/#6e0182071a72
  8. ^ Guarino, Nick. "Jon Bellion – The Motto (Drake Cover) : Chill Original Indie / R&B Cover". This Song is Sick. This Song is Sick. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  9. ^ Markman, Rob. "Meet Eminem And Rihanna's 'Monster' Songwriter". MTV. MTV News. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  10. ^ Ramirez, Erica. "Jon Bellion, 'Simple and Sweet': Exclusive Video Premiere". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  11. ^ Ortiz, Edwin. "Watch Jon Bellion's "Simple and Sweet" Video". Complex. Complex. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  12. ^ https://soundcloud.com/jonbellion
  13. ^ "JON BELLION ANNOUNCES 2015 HEADLINING TOUR; RELEASES NEW SONG, "WOODSTOCK"". The Early Registration. Retrieved February 6, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Jon Bellion's Emotional, Inspiring Journey To The Top Of The Music Industry". Elite Daily. 2016-06-21. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  15. ^ Lovaas, Taylor. "From Choirs to Animations, Jon Bellion's Debut Album "The Human Condition" is Full Artistry Both Sonically and Visually: SU Featured Interview". Sway's Universe. Retrieved June 14, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Jon Bellion Joins Twenty One Pilots For U.S. Leg Of 'Emotional Roadshow World Tour'". The Inquisitr News. 2016-09-12. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  17. ^ Khan, Ahmad. "No Genre: An Introduction to Jon Bellion". Huffington Post. Huffington Post. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Artist Interview - Jon Bellion". Song Revelation. Song Revelation. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  19. ^ "jon bellion 'definition' album is a mix between dilla and pixar". MTV. Retrieved 14 June 2016. 
  20. ^ Visionary Music Group (2014-02-19), Jon Bellion - Beautiful Mind Documentary, retrieved 2017-04-02 

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