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Jann Klose is an award-winning pop singer-songwriter, who has released five albums and two EPs. Klose was raised in Kenya, South Africa, Germany, and the United States and now resides in New York City. His new duo album STEREOPTICON (2016), recorded with Grammy® nominated guitarist Gary Lucas and lyricist Dan Beck is now available on the Cosmic Trigger label.
Jann’s most recent solo album, MOSAIC entered the Roots Rock charts at #22 and won three 2014 Independent Music Awards. The record also made the first round of the 2014 Grammys® in the categories Pop Vocal Album and Album Of The Year.
His voice is featured in the movie ‘Greetings From Tim Buckley’ (Universal) as the voice of Tim Buckley starring Penn Badgley and Imogen Poots. His songs have been heard on the Grammy® nominated ‘Healthy Food For Thought’ compilation as well as MTV Cribs and movies ‘Dead Broke’ (Warner Bros) featuring Paul Sorvino and ‘A Venue For The End Of The World’ (BrinkVision) featuring Dick Cavett and Ian Anderson. Most recently Jann scored the music for the award-winning short film ‘The Beauty of Disaster.’
He has performed as an actor and singer in touring companies of Broadway musicals, including ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ ‘Jekyll & Hyde,’ and ‘The Who’s Tommy.’ In 2005, the off-Broadway production ‘Moonlight Interior,’ a musical based on Klose’s music, premiered in New York City.
Jann Klose has periodically collaborated with members of classical rock group Renaissance and tours regularly in the U.S., Europe, Africa and Asia. He has opened for or performed with a wide range of artists including Pat Benatar, John Oates of Hall and Oates, Suzanne Vega, Paula Cole, Annie Haslam, Brett Dennen, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Rusted Root, Vonda Shepard, Ben Taylor, Gary Hoey, Jeffrey Gaines, Bret Michaels, Willy Porter, Rosanne Cash, The Byrds’ Roger McGuinn, Marty Stuart, The Yardbirds’ Jim McCarty, Elliott Murphy, Pete Seeger and Les Paul.
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“Klose has a fabulous, wide-ranging voice with an individual style… 4 STARS”
- Mike Barnes, MOJO Magazine
“Jann Klose was born in Germany and raised in South Africa but his music is all-American pop rock of the finest order…Combine his songwriting and singing chops with his artful experimentation— songs include flavors of reggae, punk, and more—and you understand why Klose moves ever closer to pop-rock eminence.”
- Nancy Dunham, RELIX Magazine
“Mosaic represents his most promising effort yet, an album chock full of instantly accessible melodies and, by turns, genuine pop appeal … The fact that he’s capable of crafting angelic ballads like “Still” and “On and On,” and irresistibly upbeat entries such as “Four Leaf Clover” and “Falling Tears,” makes it clear he has the necessary skill to manipulate emotions. Likewise, his solemn and yet soaring take on Tim Buckley’s “Song to the Siren” demonstrates a certain savvy that’s all too rare, knowing how to retain the imprint of the original while interpreting it in such a way as to make it wholly his own.”
- Lee Zimmerman, BLURT Magazine
“Singer-songwriter Klose shows he can create diverse new tunes that rival those of such masters as (Tim) Buckley. His songs offer hard-to-resist energy, memorable melodies and intelligent, well-crafted lyrics.”
- Paul Freeman, San Jose Mercury News
“This German born, African-raised singer-songwriter does sentimentality with sincerity and grace … There’s little out of his range.”
- Kenneth Partridge, M Music & Musicians
“Klose wins over the listener with his soaring voice, which may well be a staple of chamber pop for a long time to come.”
- Alexander F. Remington, Washington Post
“Love, passion and intelligence come to the forefront in a strong display of craft and talent.”
- Phil Rainone, JerseyBeat.com
”I am immediately struck by the sweeping opening track, ‘Make It Better,’ which boasts the line ‘If you don’t know love, you don’t know life.’ It’s also got a reggae/rock feel that reminds me of something the Clash might have done in their ‘Sandinista!’ period. It soars, it sweeps you up.”
- Jim Sullivan, JimSullivanInk.com
“Stylistically, his voice and songwriting split the difference between Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen. He’s one of the most talented cats you’ll hear all year.”
- Michael McCarty, Love Is Pop
“DOING TIME features a modal melodic passage on accordion. Snatches of European folk-dance provide touches of melancholia. Measures that recall Hungarian composer Bela Bartok subtly appear. The lyrics are pleasant, but what creates the mood is the sense of emotional history that Klose owns up to.”
- PopMatters.com, Lisa Torem
“There are wonderfully atmospheric folk pop moments reminiscent of the most accessible work of David Gray and Francis Dunnery (‘Beautiful Dream,’ ‘Mother Said, Father Said’) and others that shimmer like Sting’s latter-day jazz leanings via a contemporary Kurt Weill songwriting angle (‘Doing Time’) and still others that hint at his African connection (‘Watching You Go’). Klose doesn’t fit comfortably in any particular genre, with jazz and pop and folk elements woven tightly into his sonic textures in a way that guarantees a relatively broad appeal across stylistic lines.”
- Blurt, Brian Baker
“Jann Klose has star power. Klose’s gentle but undeniably strong voice and poetic, insightful lyrics make REVERIE a treat for the ear. A soothing journey through Klose’s mind and soul, the album is aptly titled.”
- Elmore Magazine, Abigail Wright
“I just got a copy of Jann Klose and his REVERIE project. This is an amazing collection to great music and every track has something special in it. My favorite cut is ‘Give In To This Life’ that could end up becoming a radio anthem.”
- New Music Weekly, Jon Hudson
“Ear-grabbing pop singer-songwriter has a confident yet gentle voice, with tints if soul gospel and Afropop rhythms. The latter reflects his childhood in Nairobi, Kenya and South Africa.”
- Philadelphia Daily News, Jonathan Takiff
“The Bronx-based Klose has the emotions of a sensitive folkie but catapults them with a voice and tone that evoke a libido-driven soul singer.”
- Fairfield Weekly, Connecticut
“He has no limitations and proves himself one song after another. As the CD progresses the songs develop into a work of art complimenting the previous song with style. Not many CD’s are perfect from beginning to end, but REVERIE is a timeless work of art that has no bad songs, lyrics, or notes.”
- Chicago Examiner, Roger Reis
“The first thing that’s totally unmistakable about Jann Klose is that voice – which is just light years beyond that of the typical singer/songwriter … a sound that is classy, distinctive and often irresistible.”
- Advance Newspaper Wire Service, MassLive.com, Kevin O'Hare
OVER 300 INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS CONTRIBUTE from over 30 countries featuring Dan Aykroyd, Julian Lennon, Kathy Sledge, Jann Klose, Alan White, Geoff Downes, John Wetton, Patrick Moraz, Annie Haslam, Janis Ian, Martin Barre, Colin Andrews, Lillias White and many other artists!
ACTION MOVES PEOPLE UNITED, a World Peace Project with the UNESCO - USFUCA, is produced by Grammy® Winner Kevin Mackie, award winning producer Krista Wallhagen, and Guinness World Record® holder musician and award winning filmmaker Rupam Sarmah. Through media initiatives, in collaboration with artists, authors, and organizations from all around the world, AMPU’s mission of establishing a peaceful planet and a healthy biosphere will be an ongoing commitment. “One of the goals for the project is to pair up artists who live in opposing countries for collaborations that go beyond politics, religion and borders,” says Krista.
The team has produced a musical spoken word album that will exchange ideas, stories, and information focused on bringing about World Peace through individual responsibility, Education, and helping each other. Kevin says, “We endeavor to raise awareness of environmental and humanitarian crisis and find actionable solutions.”
“Our individual actions can make a big difference, but our collective actions can move the World, Inspire Change,” says Rupam.
UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) strives to promote peace and security among nations through education, science, and culture.
Dan Aykroyd says, “I pray for the moment of mass consciousness when we all wake up and bring peace into our own hearts and souls. It’s a challenge and it’s going to take every one of us to make it happen.”
The double CD album with 45 tracks of Musical Spoken Word and Songs will be officially released on Sept 21, 2016. The album is available for digital download in iTunes, Amazon, and other stores worldwide. Please visit the site for details: www.ActionMovesPeopleUnited.org
Media Contact: Kevin Mackie, AMPU@UNESCOUSA.org, 215-432-4510