Jon Martin and Lovers is a gang of pals from southern Alberta that got together in 2019 to make a hazy blend of Alt-Country, Americana, and British pop music. Led by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jon Martin, …and Lovers guides audiences across fields of enveloping melodies and through tales of fragile love. The influence of life under wide-open prairie skies—with all of its beauty and heartbreak—is heard ringing throughout every one of their songs.

The band's music
focuses on craft, honesty, and musicality. Each member of the group, Jon Martin (vocals, piano, guitar), Joel Grey (guitar, slide guitar, vocals), Jason Oakes (guitar, vocals), Max Hopkins (keyboards, vocals), and Paul Holden (bass), brings a wealth of perspective, experience, and energy to Martin's songs.

The band is currently recording brand-new music at Green Recording Company, in Lethbridge, AB, and collaborating with drummers Emily Dolan Davies (Brian Ferry, The Darkness, Kim Wilde) and "Hurtin' Albertan" Brady Valgardson (Corb Lund).
Jon Martin and Lovers is set to have an exciting 2020 with a brand new full-length debut LP in late-spring/early-summer, confirmed festival performances, and other yet-to-be-announced events.



The band's first release was a dual-single featuring the songs "Young Heart's and "Here Right Now" on September 20th, 2019.

The Los Angeles music blog LA on Lock said:

"It is hard to believe this is the debut single from Jon Martin and Lovers because 'Young Hearts' already has that big epic band sound. I hear Wilco, and Drive By Truckers, and a dash of Old 97s to this one and i can't wait to hear where the band goes from here with their blend of Americana/Alternative/Indie Rock sound. 4 out of 5 "


The popular New Jersey music blog comeherefloyd said:

"Delightful effervescence with non-foreboding body of taste and wonder comes with Jon’s vocals and tone of his band. One of two debut singles by JON MARTIN AND LOVERS, ‘Young Hearts’, is a beautifully confessional take of emotions and lessons that make up our day-to-day and beyond."


The song "Young Hearts" was a finalist in the 2019 Ship and Anchor Songwriting Competition (Calgary, AB) finals, while the song "When Colours Fade" was a placing finalist in the South Country Fair Songwriting Competition (Lethbridge, AB).



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Jon Martin
vocals, guitars, songs
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Jon Martin is a Canadian/British musician and composer currently residing in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Jon completed his master’s degree at the University of Lethbridge in 2017. He was awarded the graduate Medal of Merit for academic excellence for his work in psychology and electroacoustic music composition. Jon writes and performs as Jon Martin, with Shaela Miller and Jon Martin and Lovers. He previous released music and performed as The New Weather Machine. His work has been featured in film, television, and gallery exhibitions in North American and Europe, including installations at Burning Man Festival in the Black Rock Desert, at the National Music Centre in Toronto, and in a permanent exhibit at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller. Jon also works as a music producer and chief engineer at Green Recording Company in Lethbridge.

jonmartin.ca


Joel Gray
guitar, slide, vocals
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Joel Gray is a Lethbridge based musician, collaborative artist, and guitar instructor from Grande Prairie, Alberta. He has recently acquired a Bachelor of Music Degree from The University of Lethbridge and also holds a Diploma in Music Performance from Grande Prairie Regional College. He is currently the lead guitarist for The Silkstones, Bailey Kate, Jon Martin and Lovers, and frequently collaborates with artists such as Max Hopkins, and The Moon Runners.

Jason Oakes
guitar, vocals
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Jason Oakes is a musician born and raised in Lethbridge, Alberta. Guitar is Jason’s primary instrument though he has dabbled in many other instruments as well as songwriting and recording. Jason currently plays in Jon Martin and Lovers. Outside of music, Jason enjoys mountain biking, judo, and spending time with his friends and family.

Max Hopkins
keyboards, vocals
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Max is a singer-songwriter currently based in Lethbridge who enjoys and plays music of all kinds. His performance resume ranges from operatic collaborations with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra to opening an intimate house concert with Jon Bryant. When he’s not playing and writing music he is outdoors, being physically active, or reading.

maxhopkins.ca

Paul Holden
bass, mandolin
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Paul Holden is one of the busiest musicians in southern Alberta. He doesn't have a smart phone or a Facebook account, yet still manages to live a full and happy life.