Grammy-Winning Singer-Songwriter JONAS MYRIN Opens Up About Signing With Capitol Music Group, His New Song ‘Not Alone’, Collaborating With So Many Artists and More!
Get to know the two-time GRAMMY® winning singer-songwriter and Billboard Award winner Jonas Myrin. His debut single, “Not Alone” via Capitol Music Group was released on August 28th. Also, Jonas’ song “Gloria The Gift of Life” was featured in the new film Fatima sung by Andrea Bocelli.
Myrin has composed for an international array of artists across a multitude of genres – a list that includes such top level acts as Barbra Streisand, Idina Menzel, Andrea Bocelli, Natasha Bedingfield, Lauren Daigle, Nicole Scherzinger and more. Jonas has also collaborated with Celine Dion, David Foster, Carole Bayer Sager, Jessica Simpson, and many others. Additionally, he has written songs for international artists around the globe from Brazil, Japan, Korea, Sweden, Germany, France and the UK. Some of his recent successes include co-writing and co-producing four songs on Barbara Streisand’s critically-acclaimed 2018 album Walls; co-writing “Gloria The Gift of Life,” recorded by Andrea Bocelli on his collection Si (the first classical album to hit #1 in the U.S. and UK); co-writing “At This Table,” from Idina Menzel’s holiday album A Season of Love, which became one of the most streamed original Christmas songs of 2019; co-writing with Nicole Scherzinger on “Victorious,” performed by Scherzinger as the closing song for the World Games at the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi. He also wrote “Beautiful Life,” a single on Simon Fuller’s XIX International project NowUnited, which has been streamed millions of times. The video for “Together in This,” the song he wrote for Natasha Bedingfield, has more than 16 million views on TikTok and nearly 900,000 on YouTube.
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Learn more about Jonas Myrin in the following All Access interview:
Thank you for your time. Given these unusual Covid-19 times, what does a typical day look like for you? How have you adjusted to these times? What has changed about your life?
With all of the live gigs and performances being cancelled – this year has seen a monumental change for me. With the pandemic hitting right in the middle of me releasing my new single, myself and Capitol Music Group (my label) had a lot of decisions to make. This resulted in some unexpected changes and new opportunities. I decided to focus on writing songs that could help and encourage others at this difficult time.
In the middle of lockdown, I ended up writing Together in This’ (the end title for Jungle Beat the Movie) featuring Natasha Bedingfield, as well as recording my new single ‘Not Alone’ and making music videos for both. Even though being quarantined my days have included online collaborations with individuals from all around the world. From LA to Australia, Europe and all the way to Mauritius. Even though we have all found ourselves in these challenging times, there has been such a sense of unity. A time of reflection and unity, and it has actually given me the opportunity to be more creative and effective than ever. So even though I cannot wait to get out there and do live shows and travel again, I feel so grateful for this time and the things we will never take for granted ever again.
What has been the hardest/most challenging part about being quarantined? What has that been like for you watching that unfold?
I think the toughest part for me about being quarantined has been the inability to see and spend time with friends and family. With my immediate family being in Sweden, it has been particularly hard not being able to visit, however it has been amazing that we have been able to Facetime/Zoom almost every day. In many ways I feel that lockdown may have brought people closer, no matter where we are in the world we are all going through a shared challenge. I feel that this quarantine experience might have given us a greater understanding and hopefully compassion for each other and the world.
Is your city starting to open up more now?
LA is still in lockdown at the moment and only slowly starting to open up. Restaurants are still closed with only outdoor dining allowed. I think lockdown has taught us lots of new skills and provided an opportunity to do things that we would not have done before. For myself personally, for the first time in my life I have learnt how to bake! It has been really fun to take on new skills that I would probably have never taken on if it wasn’t for lockdown.
How have you been able to use social media during these unprecedented times? Are you finding that you use it even more now to stay connected to fans and other musicians? Have you changed the way that you utilize it these days?
Social media has been a beautiful way to stay connected to my friends and followers all around the world. It has been pretty crazy to release a brand new single in the middle of a pandemic, but through the gift of social media I have been able to share this message of hope – which is really what ‘Not Alone’ is all about. It is a song that is saying that no matter what you are facing or going through, even if you feel like “you’re sinking like a stone”, You are not alone”. It has been so amazing to watch this message find its way as it has travelled across the world. There have been so many people sharing the song on their own platforms, making it their own anthem of comfort and hope, which I am just so grateful for.
Are there shows getting scheduled for 2021 that you are already looking forward to or are you waiting to start making future tour plans?
I have had a number of requests to come out to Europe to do some shows, press and promotions for my single, so the plan is to do a European promo tour in the near future. At this time we are taking it on a day to day basis as we get a better understanding of when international travel is safe and open. We will keep you posted.
Since we are all really missing live music, can you recall a favorite show of yours from the past? What do you think ultimately makes for a great show for you? What has been a favorite show of yours by another artist?
Wow, I have been blessed to have seen many shows throughout my life. One of my absolute favourite ways to experience music is in a live setting. For me it doesn’t matter if it is a wild music festival or peaceful classical music hall, it is the same amazing experience of the stage and the audience connecting – I love how this moment can carry and live on in your heart. One night that I will never forget was last year in San Diego, watching Coldplay perform in a packed stadium. It was one of those explosive, magical nights where we all got completely lost in the music and I think I even lost my voice from singing along so loudly. It was a really special night!
What was the inspiration for your debut single, “Not Alone”? What did it feel like finally getting it released? How creatively involved with the making of the music video for the song were you?
The inspiration for ‘Not Alone’ was when I lived in London – I was walking down Oxford street one day and the city was full of people and somehow in the middle of that massive crowd I still felt all alone. I was going through a lot in my life at that moment, that even the biggest city could still feel so lonely. And I thought that if I was experiencing this, that maybe others would feel this way too. My friend Crispin Hunt and I wrote “Not Alone”. Little did we know that this song that we wrote, that day in London, would be for such a time as this – in the middle of a world pandemic where most of us are quarantined and working from home. This song has helped me a lot this summer, even though I find myself on the other side of the world away from my family and friends, I am not alone because we are all in this together.
What does it mean to you to be signed with Capitol Music Group now? Why do you think this label is the right fit for you and your music?
I am so grateful for my team at Capitol Music Group – they have been so supportive of my vision from day one. We decided early on that the goal is not just to reach the top of the charts, but most importantly about reaching hearts. That is what I love about them and that has been our shared mission from day one with this project – to hopefully make a difference, to inspire and to reach some hearts out there.
What was it like having your song, “Gloria The Gift of Life” featured in the new film, Fatima and sung by the legendary Andrea Bocelli?
Wow. I remember growing up, having my parents play Andrea Bocelli over and over on our kitchen CD player. Little did I know back then, that one day I would get to write and collaborate with this incredible singer and heavenly gifted artist. It has just been incredible seeing “Gloria (the Gift of Life)” find its wings. It was such a moving moment this summer to watch the beautiful movie ‘Fatima’ and see the end titles roll, while listening to this song, all about finding gratefulness in every season of life. Reminding us that every breath, every heartbeat, every sunrise is all a gift from above, Gloria the Gift of Life!
Since you have written so many songs and collaborated with so many incredible artists, I’m curious to know what collaboration stands out the most to you? Which has been the most memorable and rewarding experience?
Wow! This is a tough one to answer. I have had the privilege to work with so many amazing singers and songwriters throughout the years. What I love the most is when an artist enters the writing room with an open heart – this is when we can create songs that can really make a difference. It all starts with authenticity – a real conversation, openness and the willingness to explore uncharted waters. I am so grateful I’ve got to work with some of my songwriting heroes, like Carole Bayer Sager, David Foster and Barbra Streisand – who paved the way for real songs and always reminding me to not chase trends but to make music that comes straight from the heart.
How do you think future music is going to be influenced by this incredible and absolutely necessary Black Lives Matter movement that the US has been going through? How exactly is it inspiring you and your music?
I hope and I pray that we will never be the same after this. That we will remember we are all the same – no matter where we are from, we are all brothers, sisters, sons and daughters. I hope that a new generation of artists will be empowered and inspired to make art from a place of spirit and truth, with no limitations. Art that can unite, uplift and remind us that when we come together, as one – we are stronger and nothing is impossible.
If you could get into the studio with any artist today and collaborate on a new song for you, who would it be and why?
The list is long. I think, as a musician who grew up listening to the Beatles day and night, to get to collaborate with someone like Paul McCartney would be a dream come true!
What musicians have continued to inspire you and your career over the years?
There are so many musicians around the world that inspire me. I just listened to a South African artist that maybe not many people have heard of. And here I am, in LA being inspired by a musician from the southern part of Africa. And to me, that is the gift of music. It is not about what language we sing or the style or genre that we make – it is about the language of music which we all can speak. That can build bridges when the world tries to divide us. It connects us, no matter where we are from and brings us together and reminds us why we are here.
What would your dream music video look like right now?
My favourite way of making art is when it is shared with my friends. Those who know me, share the vision and want to create something that can touch the lives of others. A dream music video would be for me and my friends to go somewhere in the world that we have never visited before and share a new adventure. I hope that this is something that we will be able to do very soon. There are a lot of upcoming releases in the pipeline, so lots of great new art to be made.
If you could go back in time and tell your younger musician self something about this industry or how your career was going to progress, what would you say?
I would tell my younger self to be fearless, to take risks and not to ask for permission. Don’t wait for someone to tell you what to do or be. Follow your heart and your dreams! Take what you have been given in your hand, use that – start there and you’ll find that the sky has no limits.