A singer/songwriter for 20 years, Jonathan hails from the suburbs of Dallas/Ft Worth, Texas, but spent his early twenties as a wandering minstrel, hitchhiking around the country, playing for whomever would listen. He saw humanity at its best in his travels, which formed the basis of his musical philosophy: to point out what's right in the world. "There are enough folksingers out there trying to break your heart," he says. "I'm doing my best to help it beat stronger." When he first encountered the Pacific Northwest, he knew he'd call it home eventually. Since arriving in Portland in the Spring of 2004, he's been enchanting audiences of widely varying demographics in all sorts of venues. He's been called "a Paul Simon with modern sensibilities." Playing mostly fingerstyle acoustic guitar, he spins unapologetically positive songs, and some that recall the heartbreak of conventional folk, but remain pointedly optimistic. Transformation, liberation, and reconciliation between joy and pain are common themes. His clear-as-daylight tenor voice rings true and calls people in. His concerts are exercises in awakening, where his intimacy and vulnerability invites listeners to go deeper into themselves and find something true waiting there. About live performance in general, and house concerts in particular, Jonathan says, "I like to move your heart while engaging your brain. My goal is to transcend the usual boundaries of performance and give listeners a full-being experience."