Jon McLaughlin

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Jon McLaughlin
Jon McLaughlin performing at the SOMA Arena at San Diego.
Background information
Birth name Jonathan McLaughlin
Born (1982-09-27) September 27, 1982 (age 36)
Origin Anderson, Indiana, United States
Genres Pop rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, guitarist, pianist, producer
Instruments Piano, guitar, vocals
Years active 2003 - present
Labels Island Def Jam Records (2006-2010), Razor & Tie (2011-Present)[1]
Associated acts Dave Barnes, Matt Wertz, Beyoncé, Sister Hazel, Demi Lovato

Jon McLaughlin (born September 27, 1982) is an American pop rock singer-songwriter, producer and pianist from Anderson, Indiana. His debut album Indiana was released on May 1, 2007, preceded by his first EP Industry, also known as Jon McL, in February 2007. His most successful song is the 2008 single "Beating My Heart", from his second album OK Now.

Early life and education

McLaughlin grew up in Anderson, Indiana, playing piano since early childhood, though he disliked the lessons, and often sought to avoid them. While attending Highland High School, McLaughlin shattered both wrists in an accident that interrupted his musical expression. Rediscovering "his muse," McLaughlin attended Anderson University to study music.[2]


McLaughlin released an independent album entitled, "Up Until Now" in 2003. This quickly led to McLaughlin becoming the first artist to sign on with the school's burgeoning record label, Orangehaus Records. The self-titled album released in 2004 to local and regional praise. He began touring, traveling throughout the Midwest and working up a grassroots following.

In 2005 McLaughlin recorded an 8-song EP, Songs I Wrote and Later Recorded, which reached the #1 spot on Touring expanded to across the country as support continued to grow for the independent artist. He also increased his fan base by playing at Timber Wolf Lake, a Young Life camp, with his first album entitled Jon McLaughlin. He caught the attention of other independent artists and began touring with artists such as Dave Barnes and Matt Wertz. In 2006 McLaughlin signed with iconic record label Island Records. Since then, McLaughlin has increased his presence at well-established musical venues and festivals such as Feeling Better Than Everfine (Cleveland, OH), Waterfest (Oshkosh, WI), Milwaukee Summerfest (Milwaukee, WI), Northwest State College Fest (Archbold, OH) and Lollapalooza (Chicago, IL). He has toured with Kelly Clarkson, O.A.R., Sister Hazel, Cowboy Mouth, Paolo Nutini, and Marc Broussard.[3]

Major label debut

Since signing with Island Records, McLaughlin increased his public image by providing music for the NBC comedy Scrubs, episode "My Conventional Wisdom," on May 10, 2007. McLaughlin's song, "Human" was included in the episode. The same song appeared at the end of the episode "The Walk-In" of Ghost Whisperer. "Beautiful Disaster" can also be heard in the hit TV series A Little Thing Called Life in the season two episode titled "The Greatest and Worst Halloween Ever." "Beautiful Disaster" sold over 420,000 digital copies.[3]

To date, three Hollywood-released films have included songs from McLaughlin. The song "Another Layer" appeared on the soundtrack for the motion picture Bridge to Terabithia and "Beautiful Disaster" is used in the 2007 film Georgia Rule. McLaughlin also made an on-screen appearance and performance of the song, "So Close" (written by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz) in the Oscar-nominated Disney film Enchanted. The song received an Oscar nomination.[3] This led to McLaughlin performing at the 80th Academy Awards,[4] which he attended with his wife Amy.[5]

Rising fame, collaborations, Academy Awards

McLaughlin opened on Kelly Clarkson's My December Tour beginning in October 2007, a role announced on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on August 7, 2007. He has also toured extensively with similarly styled and popular singer-songwriter, Sara Bareilles.

He recorded a trio with Jason Mraz and Van Hunt for the Randy Jackson duets-album Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1. The track title is "Something to Believe In".[6] McLaughlin's "Human" is also heard in TV Promos for CBS series' Flashpoint.

In 2007, McLaughlin appeared as himself in the film Enchanted starring Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey singing "So Close", which led to a performance at the 2008 Academy Awards. In 2010, the song was used in Disney California Adventure's World of Color show.

McLaughlin's version of "Smack Into You", written and produced by The-Dream and Tricky Stewart, was leaked to the internet in 2008, but did not appear on OK Now. Beyoncé eventually covered the song and it was featured on her album I Am... Sasha Fierce, re-titled as "Smash Into You".

In June 2008, McLaughlin premiered "Beating My Heart", which was released to mainstream radio on July 22, 2008,[7] prior to being sent to Hot Adult Contemporary (Hot AC) on June 10.[8] "Beating My Heart", first single from his second studio album OK Now, is available with the rest of the album for download on iTunes and Amazon. The song was praised by Billboard single reviews editor Chuck Taylor, who wrote that "It's high time for singer/songwriter Jon McLaughlin to earn his due." following with a description of the song as "a joyous uptempo romantic romp, featuring hook after hook, from tinkling piano to driving percussion and a start-and-stop bridge, alongside a joyous effortless vocal that soars with falsetto to the high heavens. The accompanying video is simple enough, but effectively illustrates McLaughlin's charms as a palatable sex symbol. "Heart" pumps with instantaneous hit potential, and proper promotion of it could propel the artist to superstar status."

His song "We All Need Saving" (also from OK Now) has appeared on an advertisement for the TV Show The Event.

McLaughlin co-wrote "Every Time You Lie" and "Falling Over Me" with Demi Lovato for her second album Here We Go Again. The latter was originally a duet, but the final version only featured McLaughlin's backing vocals.

Label changes, independent, and new ventures

McLaughlin self-financed and released his third studio album Forever If Ever on September 6, 2011. He later signed to record label Razor & Tie and re-released the album as Promising Promises on May 22, 2012, remastering all the tracks and adding three new songs.[9][10] The first single from the album, "Summer is Over," featuring Sara Bareilles, was released on January 10, 2012.

In July 2013, McLaughlin launched a campaign with PledgeMusic, allowing listeners to actively be involved with the making of his new album.[11] The album, "Holding My Breath" was released on September 24th, 2013 and debuted at #26 on the Billboard Independent Albums and #141 Billboard 200 charts. It was preceded by the singles "Hallelujah"[12] and "Doesn't Mean Goodbye."[13] Additionally, he released a set of short films[14][15][16][17] on his YouTube channel ahead of the album's release.

On February 15, 2014, McLaughlin was the opening act for Billy Joel at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Auburn Hills), Michigan, in addition to the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada stop on March 9, 2014.

In 2015, he announced a new album Like Us with the premiere of his single "Before You" in July.[18] A follow-up single "I Want You Anyway" was released in September.[19][20] The album Like Us was released on October 9, 2015.[21]


Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US Christ US Rock US Indep.
Indiana 81 5 25
OK Now
  • Release date: October 7, 2008
  • Label: Island Def Jam Music Group
  • Formats: CD, digital download
49 2 18
Forever If Ever
  • Release date: September 6, 2011
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: CD, digital download
84 3 12 10
Promising Promises
  • Release date: May 22, 2012
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Holding My Breath
  • Release date: September 24, 2013
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • Formats: CD, digital download
141 8 26
Like Us
  • Release date: October 9, 2015
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • Formats: CD, digital download, Vinyl

Independent albums

Title Album details
Up Until Now[22]
  • Release date: 2003
  • Label: Self-released
Jon McLaughlin (The Early Recordings)[22]
  • Release date: 2004
  • Label: Orangehaus Records
Songs I Wrote and Later Recorded[22]
  • Release date: 2005
  • Label: Self-released

Extended plays

Title Album details
  • Release date: February 20, 2007
  • Label: Island Def Jam Music Group
  • Formats: Digital download
Exclusive B-Sides (3 Song Bundle)[23]
  • Release date: March 7, 2013
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital download
Holding My Breath EP - (String Version)[24]
  • Release date: November 12, 2013
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • Formats: Digital download
The Christmas EP[25]
  • Release date: November 11, 2014
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: CD, Digital download


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US Adult US Christ US Rock Digital
2007 "Industry" Industry / Indiana
"Beautiful Disaster" 28 Indiana
"So Close" Enchanted soundtrack
2008 "Beating My Heart" 18 27 OK Now
2010 "Merry, Merry Christmas Everyone" Non-album single
2011 "What I Want" Forever If Ever
2012 "Summer Is Over" (with Sara Bareilles) 32 Promising Promises
2014 "Honest-to-Goodness Indiana"[26] Non-album single
2013 "Hallelujah" Holding My Breath
"Doesn't Mean Goodbye"
2015 "Before You" Like Us
"I Want You Anyway"

Other charted songs

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US Christ Digital US Rock Digital
2012 "Maybe It's Over" 4 49 Promising Promises


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Enchanted Ballroom Singer
2012 Atlantians in America Big W Foot Direct-to-video
2013 My Life in Real Time Short


  1. "Jon McLaughlin signs new album deal with Razor & Tie". Razor & Tie. 
  2. Jon McLaughlin @
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Jon McLaughlin at Island Records". 
  4. "Indianapolis Entertainment". 
  5. "Jon McLaughlin at the Oscars". Temporary Sanity. 
  6. "Album Preview for "Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1"". 
  7. "New Mainstream Radio Single Releases". FMQB. 
  8. "New AC Radio Single Releases". FMQB. 
  9. McLaughlin, Jon. "Jon McLaughlin | "Summer Is Over" featuring Sara Bareilles". 
  10. "Jon McLaughlin Signs New Album Deal with Razor & Tie". 
  11. "Jon McLaughlin: New Album Coming Soon". 
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 "JesusFreakHideout discography of Jon McLauglin". 
  23. "Jon McLaughlin - Exclusive B-Sides (3 Song Bundle)". 
  24. "iTunes - Music - Holding My Breath EP - (String Version) by Jon McLaughlin". 
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  26. "Jon McLaughlin - Honest-to-Goodness Indiana". 

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