More About Grandfather Jon

Jon David Miller, "Grandfather Jon", is a 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 influences of jazz and country, as well as in philosophy, human nature, personal growth, natural health and teaching. His education and life experiences have been varied and valuable.

Jon's performing has evolved over many years to have unique qualities, with thoughtful, meaningful songs that are well-liked by nearly everyone.

He offers a range of insights, stories and well-crafted original songs including a variety of themes: story songs, nature songs, songs of love, change, human growth and social issues. These songs express 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 Jon's ability with playing harmonica and guitar together, including original acoustic instrumentals.

Jon is from Akron, Ohio, where he began singing professionally 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".

He graduated from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, with a degree in economics, history and philosophy, then taught one year for Hocking County Schools before moving to the east coast for graduate work in religion, Jungian psychology and counseling, with more professional performing in the 1970's.

Jon 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, as well as at The Metro, a well-known, popular New York City night club.

Later Jon moved back to Ohio where he has been for many years. He has continued performing concerts and other gigs at numerous venues, as well as conducting a natural health business and serving on the boards of various non-profit organizations involved in the arts, holistic natural health and personal growth.

A few years ago he toured for two years out of Athens, Ohio, with the Deer Hill Folk Tellers of the Appalachian Ohio Storytelling Project. This troupe of talented storytellers and musicians traveled around Ohio and West Virginia 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.


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Here are some of the places Jon has performed over the years:

Akron, Ohio area: The University of Akron, WAKR TV, Summit County Fair, First Night Akron, The Porch Rocker Festival, The Highland Square Festival, Akron Public Library, Quaker Square, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, The Berth Coffeehouse, The Tangier, The Northside, Musica, Mocha Maiden, The Mustard Seed, Scott's Folkatorium, Arabica Coffee, The Sweet Pea, The Nervous Dog, "Porch Rokr" Festival

Kent, Ohio: Kent State University, Kent Fest, The Red Radish Restaurant, The Zephyr, Captain Brady's, Susan's Coffee and Tea, The Outpost Concert Club

Athens, Ohio: Ohio University, The Front Room, Donkey Coffee, The Athens Farmers' Market, The Paw Paw Festival, Athens Public Library, The Eclipse Company Store

Elsewhere in Ohio: Mount Union College, WEWS TV in Cleveland, The Taste of Hudson festival, Village Productions in Amesville, The Spirited Goat Coffee House in Yellow Springs, Coffee Corners in Burton, Sonnet's in Wadsworth, The Riverfront Coffee Mill in Cuyahoga Falls, Cuyahoga Falls Library, Coolville Library, McArthur Library

Connecticut: Yale University, Wesleyan College, Fairfield College, in Hartford: University of Hartford, Trinity College, Hartford International University for Religion and Peace, Center City Churches, Inner Spaces Coffeehouse, Wooden Ships Community Arts Forum, Hartford City Parks

Massachusetts: Bridgewater State University, Wellesley 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, and Ohio to Texas.



"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


"Grandfather Jon"
Jon David Miller
singer-songwriter, storyteller & sage
"a breath of fresh thought"
original music, stories & philosophy

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