Jonah Koslen

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Jonah Koslen
Born (1952-02-09) February 9, 1952 (age 66)
Origin Cleveland, Ohio
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Associated acts Michael Stanley Band
The Ghost Poets

Jonah Koslen is an American singer-songwriter and musician best known for his work with the Michael Stanley Band and Breathless in the 1970s and 1980s.


After attending Beachwood High School Jonah Koslen joined the Cleveland, Ohio band Snake Eyes with former Eli Radish Band bassist Danny Sheridan. In 1974, he joined with Michael Stanley, Daniel Pecchio, formerly of Glass Harp, and Tommy Dobeck to form The Michael Stanley Band. During his tenure with the band they released three albums for Epic Records and became highly popular in Northeast Ohio. Sharing songwriting duties with Stanley, Koslen contributed two of the group's classic songs: "Strike up the Band" and "Nothing's Gonna Change My Mind".

Koslen left the Michael Stanley Band in 1977 and formed the band Breathless the following year. Breathless consisted of Koslen, bassist Bob Benjamin, drummer Kevin Valentine, percussionist Rodney Psyka, guitarist Alan Greene and keyboardist Mark Avsec, formerly with Wild Cherry. Signed to EMI America Records, the group released their debut album Breathless, produced by Don Gehman, in July 1979. Following the album's release, Breathless toured as an opening act, including a dozen shows opening for Kiss. The single "Takin' It Back" scratched the Billboard Hot 100 at #92 but the album didn't chart. With support from Cleveland radio station WMMS, Breathless became a popular act locally, headlining Blossom Music Center in June 1980. The band released its second album, Nobody Leaves This Song Alive in October 1980. Again, the album received airplay in Northeast Ohio but failed to catch on nationally. Breathless disbanded in 1981, with Avsec and Valentine joining Donnie Iris' band "The Cruisers".

Koslen formed another band, Jonah Koslen and the Heroes, that released the album Aces in 1983 but they soon broke up. After that Koslen moved to California and worked on various music projects. He briefly reunited with Michael Stanley in 1993 for the album The Ghost Poets.



Michael Stanley Band
  • 1975: You Break It...You Bought It!
  • 1976: Ladies' Choice
  • 1977: Stagepass
  • 1992: Right Back at Ya (1971–1983)
  • 1997: Misery Loves Company: More of the Best 1975–1983
  • 1978: Back Tracks
  • 2008: Telling on Myself
  • 1979: Breathless
  • 1980: Nobody Leaves This Song Alive
  • 1993: Picture This...The Best of Breathless
Jonah Koslen and the Heroes
  • 1983: Aces
The Ghost Poets
  • 1993: The Ghost Poets


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