"The gravelly-voiced Manson attacks the high art of low-rent songcraft with a paid assassin’s precision.” No Depression Magazine
Jono Manson wrote his first song at age six, formed his first all-original band when he was seven, and never looked back. His long track record includes major-label releases as both recording artist and producer for numerous artists on three continents. His songwriting encompasses a wide range of styles, from folk to funk, and defies easy classification. His latest studio album "Angels on the Other Side" (2014) is currently set for release on Appaloosa Records in Europe.
During a career spanning almost four decades he has performed everywhere from the local dive to Madison Square Garden. His songs have been recorded by Grammy Award winning artists and his music has been featured in major motion pictures, on network television, and in national advertising campaigns. These days he stays pretty busy, both in the studio and touring as a solo artist as well as a member of several side projects.
Jono co-wrote eight songs, including the single "Something Sweet", for the recent solo album by Blues Traveler frontman John Popper (429/Savoy), which he also produced. Traveler also covered one of Manson's songs on their 2013 release. The latest album by American Idol alum Crystal Bowersox (2013 Shanachie) features three Manson co-writes including the title track, "All That For This". Jono's recent production credits include albums for Tao Rodriguez-Seeger (grandson of folk icon Pete Seeger), Italian artists Momo (Sony/BMG) and The Barnetti Bros. (Universal Records) as well as Pakistani sufi/folk rockers The Sketches, to name just a few.
Back in 1997, Jono was tapped by Kevin Costner to write and produce music for his futuristic adventure film "The Postman", including the central theme song "Almost Home". Manson's other film and television music credits include The Farrelly Brother's "Kingpin", ABC Television's "General Hospital", "Eight Days a Week" (Warner Bros.) and the 2012 family film "I Heart Shakey", which features four of his songs.