"Toronto's Jon Brooks stands among an exalted few in the enduring Canadian song tradition Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Fred Eaglesmith, Bruce Cockburn as a lyricist, composer and performer with a fierce commitment to his craft and his vision." -Toronto Star
Upon his return from a 1997 trek throughout war ruined Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canadian singer-songwriter Jon Brooks quit writing songs and performing, claiming, "I'm at least a 1000 books and emotions shy of earning the right to stand behind a microphone." 8 years later at the suggestion of one of his Canadian literary heroes, Austin Clarke Jon wiped the dust off his Taylor Jumbo 615. Though his music is filled with grey and morally ambiguous characters living on the outskirts of approval, his mandate is unequivocal: "I'm not interested in 'happy songs' I've chosen to write healing songs and, for that reason, I'm obliged to reveal a wound or two now and then. I'm even less interested in writing unhappy songs: I want to write hopeful songs."
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