Jon McLaughlin penned songs for Demi Lovato, recorded with Jason Mraz, toured with Kelly Clarkson, got mashed-up with Beyonce and sang on the Oscars… all before turning 30. (He’ll say goodbye to his 20s this fall.)
This week he puts out his third (well, sorta 4th) studio album Promising Promises which he says is his “favorite record I’ve ever done.”
McLaughlin previewed a few of the songs for Mix listeners in an exclusive Muve Music Lounge performance, including the title track Promising Promises. That song was born out of frustration when the label kept calling his songs “trash.”
“The first twelve I write I think are … the greatest thing ever. I send ’em into the label, they think they’re terrible. I’m crushed. I go back and write more songs,” he told us. “And they say to me: ‘they’re terrible.'” So logically, as any artist would do, McLaughlin channeled his anger at the piano — and out came Promising Promises.
“I did everything they were complaining about. I intentionally made the song too long. I put a minute long piano solo in it.” He sent it off and finally got some (ironic) positive feedback from the guy at the label, who inspired the song: “That was the first song that he loved.” So McLaughlin jumped labels and built the new album around Promising Promises.
For more with Jon McLaughlin, including his experience at the Academy Awards, download the full interview here:
You can follow McLaughlin on Twitter and check out album and tour info at his website jonmcl.com