As we put 2020 behind us, what better way to highlight a tumultuous year than with an EP dedicated to bringing light on the injustice of social events that have brought the world together in an immense show of unity.
Jon Scott, celebrated instrumentalist and vocalist, brings us Freedom – A New Jerusalem, his version of the events unfolding before us and a call to unite against hatred.
From Covid-19 to the Black Lives Matter protests and other bouts of racism, this EP intends to inform and inspire any listener.
Watch the amazing video for Freedom here, with footage from Black Lives Matter protests across the globe:
Opening with the title track, ‘Freedom’ touches injustice, particularly on Donald Trump‘s plans to build a wall between the US-Mexico border. Gospel choirs sing alongside Jon’s clear vocals with messages of hope. Drawing strongly on his Nigerian roots, the international sound shines through, accompanied by Martin Luther King’s iconic “I have a dream” speech, to create a beacon of hope in the form of an uplifting and inspiring song. A haunting chant ends the ballad, calling for songs of freedom to be sang across the earth in solidarity for those who need support.
The title track is followed by a funky reggae track, Water Is Wet, which preaches the importance of living every day as if it is your last. With a blaring horn riffing over the top and a loose, fun melody, you are sure to be on your feet dancing around the room to this tune.
Bringing disco influences onto the EP, A Beautiful Country throws a different energy into the mix, unsuspected yet fully welcomed. Jon shares emotions he felt when he was welcomed to England after his immigration. This song brings immaculate vibes, happiness and talk of seeing the sun rise, with hope and excitement; it’s a must listen, and a brilliant introduction to Jon’s repertoire.
To close off the journey, Suzy Walker is a love song; jazzy and fun with a bounce to it. A beautifully-written ballad, giving the EP a break from harsher social issues to put love first, as it needs to be. A refreshing sound for everyone and a brilliant end to this year.
“Out of all the craziness, hatred, spite and nastiness, the majority of folk all around the world marched together to stand up for what is blatantly right. It’s a seminal moment, era-defining and world awakening, particularly given the fact that this all occurred in lock down.
In particular, I hope that the video will be a picture chronicle for the world of this amazing uplifting of spirit particularly for the future generations, as a benchmark of what we should be about as all god’s children or if one prefers, children of one creation and of the universe”. – Jon Scott
The EP combines many different musical aspects, including Jazz, soul and afro-pop. Whilst it may seem like Jon is a full time musician, he does in fact balance his superstar lifestyle alongside being a Lawyer at his own firm in London.
Vocals, guitar and percussion on the album all come courtesy of Jon himself, who is first cousin to musical megastar, Seal. Other instrumentation and co-production duties are shared with Gordon Hulbert.
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