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JONATHAN BLANCHARD / Press

“....a smooth, jazzy sound; reminiscent of gospel and R&B; heard strains of Paul Robeson; also can detect a classical and reggae influence....”

Eddie & Yvone Jones - Memphis

“Marvelous versatility and range. The style is innovative and intriguing yet restful.”

Barbara Jones - Memphis

“To make great music requires great spirit- Jonathan has the spirit and talent, and in Freedom's Soul he gives us great and meaningfull music”

D'Army Bailey - Author, Activist, Educator

“Brilliant-dynamic performance- Artist's voice has such rich quality and wide rang- Terrific. Very creative interweaving of Negro Spirituals in a very unique manner. An excellent mix of different styles of schools and genres. Has capacity of reach broad listening audiences. Dynamic. Imaginative instrumentation and voices.”

Carolyn Garner - Memphis City Schools

“DYNAMIC POWERFUL VOICE...INTERPRETATION OF THE NEGRO SPIRITUAL VERY IMPRESSIVE...PROMISING AND BUDDING YOUNG ARTIST...EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE OF VARIED STYLES.”

CAROLYN GARNER - MEMPHIS CITY SCHOOLS

“HE WAS AWESOME. THE YOUTH AND ADULTS WERE ABSOLUTELY TAKEN WITH BLANCHARD. THE EXPERIENCE GAVE YOUNG PEOPLE A REAL APPRECIATION FOR THE NEGRO-SPIRITUAL.”

VIVIAN WISEMAN - MLK CELEBRATION

“JONATHAN DID A GREAT JOB: STUDENTS TEACHERS AND GUEST TRULY ENJOYED HIS PERFORMANCE.”

WALTER MENCER-ASSISTANT SUPERVISOR OF MUSIC - KNOXVILLE COUNTY SCHOOLS

“HIS MANNER OF DELIVERY KEPT A GYMNASIUM FULL OF MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS ENGAGED AND ENTERTAINED. THE PERFORMANCE WAS ENJOYED BY BOTH TEACHERS AND STUDENTS ALIKE.”

ERIKA TUCKER- COUNSELOR - DECATUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS

“MR. BLANCHARD COMBINED HISTORY AND MUSIC TO COMPILE A CULTURAL HISTORY LIKE NO OTHER”

TOMISHA WEDDINGTON- TEACHER - GORDON ELEMENTARY

“A SINGING GRIOT, WEAVING TOGETHER SOUNDS FOR MEANING, GUIDING THE AUDIENCE THROUGH CLASSICAL, SACRED, AND JAZZ......STRINGING SOUNDS TOGETHER LIKE POETRY, REMINDING US THAT THE FIRST INSTRUMENT IS THE HUMAN VOICE.”

CONRAD PEAGUES- MUSIC LIBRARIAN - UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS

“JONATHAN'S VOICE HAS THE TIMBER OF PAUL ROBESON AND THE SPIRIT OF HIS ANCESTORS. I AWAIT THE WORLD TO MEET AND TO HEAR OUR AFRICAN AMERICAN TREASURE”

DEE C. LUBELL, PROJECT & EVENT DIRECTOR - ST. SIMONS SEA ISLAND FESTIVAL

“HIS VOICE AND MAJESTIC PRESENCE IMPRESSED ALL REGARDLESS OF AGE”

CLARISSA LEGA - COLUMBIA STATE UNIVERSITY / ARTISTRY

“HE KEPT THE KIDS INVOLVED BY ALLOWING THEM TO SING ALONG AND MOVE WITH HIS MUSIC. THEY THOUGHT HE WAS "VERY COOL".”

MARGARET E. SHIRLEY - MARBUT THEME SCHOOL

“JONATHAN'S ABILITY TO BRING THE AUDIENCE "IN" AND HAVE THEM REACTING TO THE MUSIC WITH GREAT ENTHUSIASM TRULY TOUCHED MY HEART. IT WAS AMAZING HOW HE DELIVERED SO MANY DIFFERENT STYLES OF MUSIC WITH GREAT EXPERTISE....PAUL ROBESON WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY PLEASED AT JONATHAN'S DELIVERY OF HIS SONGS....AND JAMES BROWN WOULD HAVE BEEN EQUALLY MOVED”

PEGGY C. BURTON - SOUTH JACKSON CIVIC CENTER/ PERFORMING ART'S CHAIRMAN

“JONATHAN HAS AN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE AND NATURAL BASS VOICE. HE IS VERY ENGAGED ON STAGE. HE IS A MAGNETIC PERFORMER WHO THROWS HIMSELF INTO HIS WORK.”

MICHAEL CHING - OPERA MEMPHIS/ ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

“MR. JONATHAN BLANCHARD PERFORMED AT MIDDLE GEORGIA COLLEGE. WHAT CAN I SAY? THE PERFORMANCE WAS EXTRAORDINARY!! STAFF, STUDENTS ENJOYED NEGRO-SPIRITUALS THROUGH A NEW AND EXCITING MUSICAL EXPERIENCE.”

KEVIN JOHNSON - MIDDLE GEORGIA COLLEGE/ MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS

“JONATHAN PERFORMED A PHENOMENAL SHOW TO A PACKED AUDIENCE OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, COLLEGE STUDENTS, STAFF, TEACHERS, AND ADMINISTRATORS. HIS GENRE OF SONGS WAS INSPIRATIONAL AND ELCTRIFYING!”

CHESTER FAIR - MIAMI DADE COLLGE/ STUDENT ACTIVITIES

“JONATHAN BLANCHARD'S VOICE IS A TESTAMENT TO REAL MUSICAL TALENT. WHEN YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, YOU FEEL AS IF HE HAS SUMMONED THE VOCAL GREATS OF THE PAST AND INFUSED HIS OWN STYLE TO HIS MUSIC. UNDENIABLY A STAR IN HIS OWN RIGHT.”

JOSEPH M COLO'N - JOHN HOPKINS UNIVERSITY/ OFFICE OF MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS

“OVER AN EIGHT YEAR PERIOD I STAGED MORE THAN 100 CONCERTS IN OLD TOWNE AND JONATHAN WAS ONE OF THE BEST PURE TALENTS THAT I EVER BOOKED.”

BILL CRUTHIRDS - OLIVE BRANCH OLD TOWNE