Jon releases his new EP ‘California,’ a collection of songs released individually during the pandemic and featuring the new summer single, ‘The Sun in the Summertime.’ The songs on ‘California’ reflect the personal and musical experiences from Jon’s time living in Los Angeles. In his own words,” …every song on the EP has a connection to California, be it co-writes and/or collaborations with LA based writers, producers and musicians, or creative inspiration.”
Lead single ‘The Sun in the Summertime’ is an example of that inspiration – “I’ve always aspired to write a summertime ‘anthem’ since I was in my teens, a time where we always had a song of the summer on the radio that became a part of the fabric of our lives and life experiences, creating vivid images of surf, sand and drivin’ around. Living in LA brought out that feeling.” Jon, a long time Beach Boys fan, channels their vibe on this fun, good times single. And a close ‘6 degrees of separation’ relationship enhanced that, as he worked with singer/songwriter/producer Rob Bonfiglio writing songs and Rob playing guitar in Jon’s LA band. Coincidentally, Rob is the musical director for Wilson Phillips and his spouse, Carnie Wilson, is Brian Wilson’s daughter. He currently also tours with Brian Wilson.
A ‘retro beach inspired’ music video for the song is set for release on June 21, 2023.
‘Walking Away,’ with its country, roots rock tinged feel was co-written in Los Angeles with acclaimed songwriter/producer Michael Jay, who’s had numerous cuts on albums from Celine Dion, Kylie Minogue and who wrote and produced the #1 worldwide Billboard hit ‘Toy Soldiers’ by Martika.
After a suggestion from LA producer Ken Rose (Alan Parsons) that he cover one of Neil Diamond’s songs because they share similar vocal characteristics, Mullane chose ‘Hello Again,’ and transformed it into a heartfelt feel good take on the former #3 Billboard Neil Diamond classic. Truly unique in it’s approach, it’s a production and arrangement that Jon claims as his own.
‘Right Here,’ the final track on the EP has a Beatlesque/Raspberries vibe that harkens back to simpler, melody-driven songs. Co-written and arranged with talented songwriter and friend Dale Effren in Hollywood, California.