Winner in four categories in the 2014 Independent Music Awards, Jann Klose’s latest album MOSAIC is a sonic, lyrical and emotional mosaic from an artist known for his multi-cultural roots, a widely-faceted career, and a “soaring voice” that “wins over the listener” according to the Washington Post.
The LA-ist was truly on point when it wrote that Jann “can be accurately described as the man chosen to carry on the legacy of great musicians like Tim Buckley and Paul McCartney.” Soon after MOSAIC entered the Roots Radio charts above Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow and Wilco at #22, the album ended up on first round ballots for the 2014 GRAMMY® Awards for Album of the Year and Pop Vocal Album.
TIME Magazine Columnist Joel Stein pranked Jann in his June 2013 column. WFUV radio stalwart Vin Scelsa devoted a few of his famous monologues on Jann on his show. Genya Ravan spinned “Make It Better” on her Little Steven’s Underground Garage show, GOLDIE’S GARAGE when the song also hit regional video shows.
Writes Paul Freeman, at the San Jose Mercury News, “Klose shows he can create diverse new tunes that rival those of such masters as (Tim) Buckley.” Part of the comparison comes from Jann being heard as the voice of Tim in the movie GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY (Focus World/Tribeca Film). Recently ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT Online interviewed Jann about the film.
MOSAIC follows the indie success of REVERIE (2008) and SACRIFICE EP (2010) and the music video for DOING TIME. Produced by Grammy winner James Frazee (Esperanza Spalding, My Morning Jacket) and David Bendeth (Paramore, Bruce Hornsby, Elvis Presley). Double Grammy-winner Warren Russell-Smith mastered MOSAIC.
MOSAIC’s songs tackle personal and topical subjects and bring together a variety of instruments, musical and lyrical styles from street influences of reggae and punk to calypso, to classic rock, and the folk and Afro-beat that has addicted fans to Jann’s music. Songs include Jann’s originals, “Still,” “Make It Better,” “Four Leaf Clover,” “On and On,” “Falling Tears,” and “Beautiful One” with support vocals from Rounder Records’ Carrie Newcomer. The album ends with a stunning a cappella cover of Tim Buckley’s “Song To The Siren.” Other featured guests include guitarists Florian Opahle (Ian Anderson, Greg Lake) David Bendeth, flautist Tia Roper and oboist Megan Marolf (Phillip Glass, Roger Waters).
Jann has shared the stage with artists from all eras of music history including Rusted Root, Vonda Shepard, THE VOICE’s Rebecca Loebe, Gary (Jeff Buckley, Captain Beefheart) Lucas, Suzanne Vega, Annie Haslam and Renaissance, Brett Dennen and the late Pete Seeger and Les Paul.
Born in Germany, raised in Kenya, South Africa, and Hamburg, Jann came to the States as an exchange student in Cleveland. He performed in touring productions of Broadway shows (JEKYLL & HYDE, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR) and portrayed The Pinball Wizard in THE WHO’S TOMMY before he started his band.
Jann’s music is heard on the GRAMMY-nominated HEALTHY FOOD FOR THOUGHT, on MTV CRIBS, the movie “Dead Broke” (Warner Bros.) featuring Paul Sorvino. He maintains a steady touring schedule of about 75-100 shows a year in the U.S., Europe and Asia.