At age 18, Jon Carroll was a founding member of Starland Vocal Band, recording the #1 Pop hit “AFTERNOON DELIGHT”.
The group went on to be nominated for 5 Grammy Awards, and won 2, for Best New Artist & Best Arrangement for Voices. Since then, Jon has not slowed down as a performer, composer, arranger, producer, songwriter and musician.
His songs have been recorded by artists such as Linda Ronstadt (Her 80’s hit “Want Love? Get Closer!), Tom Jones and Kenny Rogers, and he performs with Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rodney Crowell, Dixie Chicks, Peter Wolf, Eric Lindell, Luke Brindley and countless others!
His work has been recognized repeatedly over the course of many years by the Washington Area Music Association (or WAMA), with Wammies for Vocalist, Instrumentalist, Songwriter, Song and Album of the Year.
As a songwriter, Carroll has been likened to artists as disparate as John Prine and E. Annie Proulx, with songs as insightful as they are rhythmic and soulful. He’s an in demand hired hand, and performs as well with his own band, but to hear Jon perform solo in an intimate setting is an all too rare treat!
“Jon Carroll is a one man band, a poet, a songwriter, a singer of every kind of song and above all, a musician’s musician...and I can also attest to his being a not-to-be-missed performer.”
~Mary Chapin Carpenter
“... now the most reliable sideman in Washington, D.C., puts out another just mere months later.”
LOVE RETURNS IS...
“...a vibrant reminder of what Carroll does best, whether it's conjuring vintage R&B/soul sounds, or composing evocative ballad(s) which manage to bring to mind both novelist Annie Proulx and John Prine, or coming up with a country ditty as innocently engaging as On the Front Porch.”
“...he headlines this session with talent and charm to spare.”
~Mike Joyce, The Washington Post
“When I received the CD I couldn't wait to listen and pick a song to play on my radio show here in the Nashville, TN