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Musician Jon Stevens has released his new album Starlight, and a brand-new single titled ‘Hold On’. On Starlight, Jon Stevens musician joins forces with legendary musician, songwriter and producer Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, who co-wrote and produced the album. ‘Hold On’ is classic powerhouse, Jon Stevens.

Jon Stevens is recognised as one of the most talented rock musicians to emerge from Australia in recent memory. He has had phenomenal success as a solo artist, knocking Michael Jackson off the top of the charts in Australia. Musician Jon Stevens was also the lead singer of major rock acts Noiseworks, INXS (after the death of his friend Michael Hutchence) and  Dead Daisies.

Jon Stevens’ career has gone from strength-to-strength: a record-smashing debut at age 16 with two consecutive No. 1 singles in his New Zealand homeland. He also enjoyed huge hits in Australia as lead singer with Noiseworks. Stevens 21st-century liftoff to worldwide acclaim was at centre stage with INXS, and a song released by Dead Daisies which he co-wrote and produced with the legendary Slash on guitar. Ringo Starr plays the drums on the lonely ballad ‘One Way Street’ and ‘Something Bout You’ features the vocals of Vanessa Amorosi.

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Musician Jon Stevens new album Starlight bursts with a soulful artistry and honesty that’s rare and borders on extinction today.

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STARILGHT ALBUM REVIEW

Starlight is the latest solo offering from musician Jon Stevens. Stevens collaborated closely on this album with renowned English musician, songwriter and producer Dave Stewart, best known for his work with Eurythmics. Recorded in Los Angeles and Blackbird Studios in Nashville, the album was produced by Dave Stewart and with all songs co-written by Stevens and Stewart, Starlight is a collaboration that simply ‘works’. Jon says that the songwriting process between the two happened instantly and easily and that is evident in the end product of the songs on this album.

There is a good mix of styles to keep things interesting as well. The first track is the rocking ‘Hold On’ that showcases Stevens’ powerful vocals and, according to Jon, translates well to live performance which is always a plus. There’s a taste of blues in ‘Oh Lord’; a touch of Gospel in ‘All About the People’ which also features a ‘rap’ from Jon’s son Levi. Long-time friend Vanessa Amorosi shares vocal duties on ‘Something Bout You’ and the ballad, ‘One Way Street’ boasts Ringo Starr on drums. Coming straight from the heart, the title track, ‘Starlight’, is a moving song about suicide but it has a rather catchy chorus despite its dark content.

While Stewart’s influence on Starlight enhances the flavour and adds obvious polish to the album, the overall sound is still Jon Stevens but with the sense of a renewed energy and power that makes Starlight shine.

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