Sunday, 4 May 2014

Jonathan Estabrooks Q&A

Your name: 
Jonathan Estabrooks.

Where are you from? 
Ottawa, Canada.

How would you describe yourself? 
I like to think I am a positive and adventurous kind of guy. I've always jumped into adventures with a certain level of planning, but always willing to adapt and learn as I go. I value connect with a great team and especially when the goal is fulfilling a dream.

Who are your main influences musically? 
I would say I have a very eclectic taste in music. I think this likely comes from growing up in a household where the musical tastes would range from Saturday afternoon at the Opera to Roy Orbison and the Everly Brothers. I would say now more than ever I am drawn to great interpreters of song and strong vocalists. To name a few, Frank Sinatra, Ella, Pavarotti, David Byrne and songwriters like Death Cab for Cutie, Coldplay and Stars.

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
I have always wanted to find ways to connect with others and my main catalyst naturally became music and performing. It truly does feed my soul and there are very few things that bring me closer to people and the world around me. I am always so touched at the true power of music, not to be cliche, but it is the universal language that makes us laugh, makes us cry and heals us.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why? 
I have had many adventures along the way but if I were to name a few they would including singing for President Bill Clinton, performing and MC Canada Day at age 11 and having the opportunity to travel to Tel Aviv on three separate occasions to perform.

And what’s the moment you want to forget? 
That would have to be at the age of 16, hearing the most powerful man in the world humming the national anthem as I stared down the lens on national television for the opening of the US Embassy in Canada.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? 
I am not sure I can answer that as there are so many different elements to each song, particularly on the album that represent who I am and what I love. There is something about Calling You, the Bob Telson track on the album that took hold of me and has become my favorite track on 'These Miles'. Haunting, jazzy, smooth yet powerful.

Where can we listen to it? 
There are a few samples from the album on my website at

Where can we find out more about your music?

Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask?
This was not only a labor of love, but a lesson in the power of social media. It was such an incredible adventure to work with over 60 musicians from 5 different countries and record and mix the album in only 12 days. A whirlwind, but a true testament to the dedication and passion of all those involved.

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