Having written songs for over a decade to capture and express his thoughts and experiences, Jon Chong views music as a natural extension of who he is. In his songs, Jon delves honestly into the themes of life and love and why, and stirs us to consider our unique place in the world.
Coming from the laidback, East Malaysian city of Kuching, he grew up living the peaceful and simple life, travelling up the rivers of Sarawak and putting up in boarding schools near mountains. However, carrying with him an innate curiosity to see how far he is able to go with all his pursuits, Jon has represented his school, university, division, state and country in athletics, football, swimming, exchange programmes and art among others. A recipient of three tertiary level scholarships, he completed his engineering PhD with the Singapore-MIT Alliance in 2006/2007, a period he attributes as the “most trying but rewarding time of his life”. Through this journey, Jon has experienced the vibrancy, hustle and bustle of cities he has travelled to and lived in such as New York, Boston, Tokyo, Moscow and Singapore. His diverse travels have provided a rich palette of life experiences, which have undoubtedly coloured his songs.
Harbouring ambitions of bringing a fresh and accessible brand of music to the airwaves, Jon has completed his much-anticipated debut album “State of My Mind” with producer/arranger, Joshua Wan. Expect his original compositions to be an eclectic mix of genres—pop, rock, blues, jazz, funk, and soul—all commonly linked by his distinctive, original interpretations on the acoustic guitar.
Jon strongly believes in the power of music to influence lives for the better. He strives to create music that reaches deep into the soul, leaving an indelible impression. Ultimately, Jon hopes to inspire people, as a fellow traveller, to pursue their passions and dreams by carving out their own opportunities and breaking stereotypes if necessary, and have as much fun as possible along the journey!