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Jon Miller is a talented singer/songwriter/guitarist and humorous philosopher, who has performed all over the eastern and southern United States, from Maine to Florida to Texas, including New York City, Hartford, Boston and Cleveland.
Jon's roots are in folk music and blues with jazz influences, as well as in societal analysis, philosophy and personal growth. His performing has evolved over many years to have unique qualities, with thoughtful, meaningful songs that are well-liked by nearly everyone.
Jon offers a range of well-crafted original songs including a variety of themes: story songs, nature songs, songs of love, change, human growth and social issues. He expresses many of the thoughts, images and feelings of life.
When performing live, his imaginative songs and stories, valuable knowledge, insightful philosophy, pleasing baritone voice, crisp delivery, good sense of humor, stories and inclusion of sing-along songs, combine to provide "a breath of fresh thought" to receptive listeners.
People enjoy his vocal inflections as well as his ability with playing harmonica and guitar together.
Jon is from Akron, Ohio, where he began performing as a teen in the 1960's. He performed regionally with the Jaterudy Singers, including on Akron's WAKR TV and their area "Road Show".
Jon graduated from Ohio University with a degree in economics and philosophy, then taught one year for Hocking County Schools before moving to the east coast for graduate work in religion and Jungian psychology, and more professional performing in the 1970's.
He teamed with fellow student Kenneth Dale Taylor from Corpus Christi, Texas, as a creative acoustic duo named "Misty Mourning". They performed at colleges, schools, public concerts, night clubs, and other events, all over New England, including The Metro, a well-known, popular New York City night club.
Later Jon moved back to northeastern Ohio for many years. He continued performing concerts and other gigs at numerous venues.
In 2012, Jon returned to live in the Athens, Ohio area. He sang at the local farmers' market, as well as with the Deer Hill Folk Tellers of the Appalachian Ohio Storytelling Project. This troupe of talented storytellers and musicians travels around the the Ohio region sharing Appalachian stories and songs.
Jon has performed on radio and television, as well as at Yale University, the University of Vermont, Kent State, the University of Akron, Mount Union, Ohio University and many other colleges. He has also entertained at a variety of festivals, conventions, special events, arts centers, libraries, churches, schools, coffee houses, night spots and more.
In addition to his recording on cd, It's About Time, Jon has created a unique special live performance of songs and stories called The Inner Spaces Concert, and a valuable personal improvement workshop, "Yeswise".
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Here are some of the places Jon has performed over the years:
Akron, Ohio area: Quaker Square, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, The Tangier, The Northside, Musica/Mocha Maiden, Summit County Fair, First Night Akron, The University of Akron
Elsewhere in Ohio: Kent State University, Ohio University, Mount Union College
Connecticut: Yale University, University of Hartford, Trinity College, Wesleyan College, Fairfield College, Center City Churches
Massachusetts: Bridgewater State University, Wellsley College, Amherst College
Maine: Maine Maritime Academy, Bates College
Other States: University of Vermont, Brown University (Rhode Island), Baylor University (Texas), The Metro, (New York City night club), and many other colleges, schools, churches, fairs, festivals, coffee houses, night clubs, radio, television and other events from New England to Florida -- Ohio to Texas.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^COMMENTS"One of the Best Performers we've had here." -- Sue Lange, Director, Wooden Ships Community Arts Forum, Hartford, Conn."We Love You Here! We Want You Back Again!" -- Steve Cox, Student Entertainment Council, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
"The students enjoyed your concert VERY MUCH!" -- Student Entertainment Committee, Mount Union College, Alliance, Ohio"We appreciate your inspiring work with children as well as adults." -- Rev. David King, Director, Center City Churches, Hartford, Conn."You are writing some great songs!" -- Dennis "Doc" Hult, Professional Folksinger & Songwriter“Near the top of those performing here.” – Scott Fetterolf, Scott’s Folkatorium, Akron, Ohio". . . each song a masterpiece." -- Ann Morrison, Artist
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