I’d like to dedicate this album to my godmother Elizabeth Maas, who was nothing short of a true inspiration to all that knew her. On my quest for music, it was she who got me started.
Mykeljon’s dedication to his godmother, taken from his 2012 debut album, World Stood Still, helps mark a milestone in a long journey that has spanned years and continents. What’s remained consistent along the way though has been Mykeljon’s passion and dedication. These traits have kept him going through the beginning of his musical education, to the completion of the recording of his first album. But it was Mykeljon’s godmother who helped fuel that passion, inspire that dedication, and nurture the talents he displayed from a very young age.
Planning to apply to a few Australian conservatoriums,
Mykeljon decided to take a year to prepare for this by studying under his
godmother, who happened to be a conservatorium lecturer from the
Through his own studio,
Mykeljon performed a variety of services including recording jingles for radio
and television, producing songs for other musicians, and arranging music for
classic music acts of all sizes, from quartets to 50 piece orchestras.
While the success in this area was nice, the performance side of things was more
stifling; many of the groups Mykeljon found his way into were more interested in
playing cover songs than original material. It wasn’t until he started
fronting his own band that his own song writing started reaching a live
audience. Still looking for more, and having just gone through a fairly
rough break-up, Mykeljon decided to move to
"When it comes to substance Mykeljon excels… He is a natural when it comes to his craft as a songwriter, lyricist and performer. Mykeljon's material takes the listener on a passionate journey from love to social commentary to feel-good topics, all set to a variety of grooves and moods. No matter how radio tries to categorize him, Mykeljon is heartfelt soul.”
Eventually, after seven
“The genius of Mykeljon and his music is that it crosses over several genres from rhythm & blues to smooth jazz to rock to world beat. He brings a true freshness and uniqueness to the industry, something that very few artists are able to successfully deliver."
Indeed, World Stood Still has already garnered positive reviews; Heath Andrews of ReviewYou.com rated it a perfect five stars and commented,
“Mykeljon’s style of composition and playing is unique enough to incorporate several different genres of music, primarily jazz and rhythm & blues, yet still make for a cohesively sound album, as artistically rich as it is entertaining.”
Among the many stellar songs on the album are “Surrender to Love,” with its soaring vocals and lovingly poignant lyric, “Sorrow,” a moody R&B number full of atmospheric keyboards and a tremendous saxophone solo, and two versions of the light-hearted, pop-rocking, “Day At a Time.” World Stood Still delivers listeners the unique opportunity to hear elements of their favorite genres of music, fused together in a way that makes every song special and entertaining.
Mykeljon’s godmother knew there was something special inside her godson. Sure enough, he proved her right by going on to win Australian BASF awards for producer of the year and song of the year. But more than that, he proved her right by carrying on her legacy of love, passion, and dedication to music. His music is real, from the heart, and made by a person who loves music itself as much as he loves bringing it to others. Not only is Mykeljon a unique voice in the world of music, but a passionate one as well.
Official Website: www.mykeljon.com