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by Jon Michaels

Those enraptured by Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Jim Croce and the like will surely eat this up. Demo Universe Reviews
Genre: Easy Listening: Love Songs
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1. Introduction
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2. Check Please
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3. The Gift of Forgiveness
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4. Smile
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5. I Would Be Next to U
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6. Miss Fanny
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7. Hello, My Old Friend
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8. Now You Know
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9. Lovers or Liars
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10. I Will
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11. The Ones That Get Away
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12. Stones
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13. W-o-m-a-n
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Album Notes
"Jon - I love your music! It's Chicken Soup for my soul. Keep up the good work spreading love, light, joy and fun. Jack Canfield - Co author Chicken Soup For The Soul Series

The song "Smile" should be made into a movie--what a story this song has to tell! In his liner notes, Michaels says it's a true story-the song makes you want to hear more about what really happened in that prison cell. Then there's "Miss Fannie" another great story song. Seems that Michaels has developed a real knack for writing the story songs! while his story songs capture your attention, there are other songs like "Hello, My Old Friend" and "The ones That Get Away" that also share bits of philosophy with the listener. Michaels has studied the craft of song writing, yet he doesn't allow it to get in the way of writing what he needs to write.

by Vernell Hackett-Jan/2002 American Songwriter Magazine

JON MICHAELS - Stones: was recorded one magical night by singer, songwriter and guitarist Jon Michaels. He has a varied list of credentials for award winning songs and was the co-composer of the official song 'We're Fired Up' for the Tennessee Titans radio network. Michaels started out on the west coast playing gigs, later he moved to Nashville to absorb the flavor and feel of country's capital. Jon's compositions incorporate the Nashville sound with traditional six-string rock songs. Jon has a strong, smooth baritone and masterful vocal inflections. He writes fun, insightful songs about life, love and forgiveness. Jon's love of music shines through out this entertaining and well-produced CD. Michaels sings with feeling and emotion and is supported by talented musicians. My favorites on this 13-track collection were 'The Smile' with its sweet soulful mood and beautiful vocals. 'I Would Be Next to U' is a witty, upbeat song with some great keyboards. 'Miss Fannie' has a deep feel and is a powerful reminder to thank God for the special people in our lives. Jon's CD Stones is a clean crisp collection of live songs that are both heartfelt and fun.
• Recommended Tracks: (4,5,6) [USA/TN 2001 - (Review by Laura Turner Lynch for

Up-and-coming Nashville singer/songwriter Jon Michaels makes an unconventional debut with this live recording. Backed by a crack combo of Nashville session players, including long-time Lyle Lovett/Terry McBride guitarist Ray Herndon, Michaels rips out a well-honed set of contemporary country and romantic pop tunes dating back to 1994. Armed with an appealing baritone and charm to spare, Jon (whose bio includes a stint with the New Christie Minstrels) has the hometown crowd under his spell from the start. His weakness for greeting-card sentiment (if I hear the phrase "from the cradle to the grave one more time, I'm gonna scream) is not only forgiven but embraced by a loving audience that can't seem to get enough. Those enraptured by Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Jim Croce and the like will surely eat this up.

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I was at the Unity North Atlanta performance and bought your CD. I have about worn out "The Gift of Forgiveness". As the expression goes, "The teacher will appear when the student is ready" and you have helped me through some forgiveness issues this week! Best of luck with your career and hopefullly I will get to see you in Nashville while visiting my niece. Thanks again. Carolyn Purvis

Sue Crysel (Kathy's sis/Mia's mom)

Jon Michaels is destined to become a household name!!!
Jon's music is insightful, heart warming and comes from a true musical and poetic talent!! His lyrics and melodies are original, but sound as though they are somehow familiar..Jon's songs are "addicting" and stick in your mind from the first time you hear them!!! I can't possibly pick a favorite song from this CD!! AWESOME JON!!

Eileen & Harold Hoffman
Since arriving back home on Sunday afternoon, I've listened to your CD 3 times, Jon. It truly is wonderful, and I can't wait until you make another one! It was a pleasure to get to know you aboard the Riggin. May we meet again! Eileen

The album Stones was recorded live at Douglas Corner Caf‚ on January 27, 2001, and a marvelous CD it is. Michaels is not a hardcore country singer. His style is very countrypolitan; his style is strong, his vocals excellent. Smooth as his songs are, he's not afraid to swing it, as well; he pulls in his audience immediately with the infectious "Check Please" (written with Paul Jefferson, who also assists with "Miss Fannie" and "Hello, My Old Friend"), but you find you have to stay as you are drawn into the sharp lyrics. Michaels proves to be a superior songwriter, as shown in "The Gift of Forgiveness" (written with Jimbeau Hinson) with an opening verse of "I wore my anger like an armor 'cause I thought it made me stronger, but the angrier the weaker I became, when I finally let go of it, once I chose to rise above it, I found my anger was the source of all my pain." His humor shows in the delightful swing tune, "'I' Would Be Next To 'U'" (written with Wood Newton) which is just pure fun. His tenderness is revealed in the song for his friend, the lovely "Miss Fannie," as a tribute to a Mrs. Fannie Williams, whom he met while assisting Meals on Wheels. He continues to shows these poignant qualities in such powerful tunes as "Hello My Old Friend."

Jack Canfield
Jon -- I love your music. It is Chicken Soup for My Soul. Keep up the good work spreading love, light, joy and fun! -- Jack Canfield, Co-author, Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Kathy Coleman

Jon Michaels presents here on his album Stones some of the most poignant and beautiful music I've heard in a long time.