Jonathan began singing at the age of 7 when his parents enrolled him into the world renowned St. Michael’s Choir School in Downtown, Toronto, Ontario. At this school, his musical background was nurtured over the next 11 years. It is there that he received the same training as some internationally recognized musicians such as John McDermott, Michael Burgess, Jazz crooner Matt Dusk and Kevin Hearn of The Barenaked Ladies.
After graduating from the choir school, Jonathan continued singing throughout University and was featured as a tenor soloist in a number of Christmas and Spring concerts hosted by Carleton University. Staying true to his choir school roots, he also continued with liturgical duties and began singing as a cantor at various parishes in the Ottawa area.
After returning to Toronto in 2000, Jonathan began singing as a cantor at St. Margaret of Scotland Parish. It was there that he was introduced to the renowned vocal teacher, Suzanne Kompass, and a five year mentorship began. During the time he studied with Suzanne Kompass, he expanded his repertoire and learned to sing songs in Italian, Spanish, French and Latin.
In 2004, Jonathan discovered Crossover Classical music (i.e. Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli), and decided to plunge into this genre himself. Jonathan immediately made an impact across Canada, the United States, and even the Caribbean, performing gigs for dignitaries from Stephenson King, the former Prime Minister of St. Lucia, all the way to a young Justin Trudeau.
In 2011, Jonathan added jazz music to his arsenal. Initially he began performing with some jazz pianists who introduced him many of the standards and helped to broaden his musical repertoire. In 2013, he then joined a 20 piece big band orchestra and began performing with the group at a number of scheduled shows throughout the Greater Toronto Area in the summer months. With this organization, Jonathan also lended his voice to help sing on a number of albums that were sold to raise money for various charities throughout the world. Jonathan’s voice also made an immediate impression with his orchestra band members and in 2015, they voted him as being the best vocal soloist of the year.
In 2015, Jonathan collaborated with a group of gifted musicians and recorded his debut album called “The Compilation.” The album is a selection of favourite songs across the genres he has performed for the past 10 years. This collaboration led to the formation of the Jonathan Michael group which consists of himself and 4 other talented musicians who play the the violin, electric bass, drums and piano. In addition to his regular performances, Jonathan performs many concerts with this group throughout the Toronto area.
In June of 2017, Jonathan was awarded the 2nd place prize in the City of Markham’s Star Search Talent Competition. With over 200 entries from all different styles of art forms, Jonathan was able to impress the judges with his smooth vocals and rich voice.
Hearing Jonathan’s music for the first time is memorable. Incredibly, whatever the genre of music, Jonathan’s clear tenor is instantly recognizable.
Crossover Classical Selections In The Style Of (Ama Credi E Cai ) Because We Believe (Italian & English)) Andrea Bocelli Alejate (Spanish) Celine Dion/ Josh Groban Amapola (Spanish) Andrea Bocelli Amore E Musica (Italian) Russell Watson Caruso (Italian) Lucio Dalla Cinema Paradiso (Italian) Josh Groban For Always Laura Fabian Gira Con me (Italian) Josh Groban Historia De Un Amor (Spanish) Luis Miguel Home To Stay Josh Groban I Believe Russell Watson L’ultima Notte (Italian) Josh Groban La Califfe (Italian & English)) Sarah Brightman La prima Volta (The first time ever I saw your face) (Italian) Paul Potts Mi Morena (English) Josh Groban Mi Vida Sin Tu Amor Christian Castro Nella Fantasia (Italian) Russell Watson/Sarah Brightman Nesum Dorma (Italian Opera) Per Te (Italian) Josh Groban
Regressa A Mi (Spanish) Il Divo Si Tu Me Amas (Spanish) Il Divo Sometimes I Dream / E Luucevan Le Stelle (English and Italian) Mario Frangoulis The Prayer (English & Italian) Andrea Bocelli Time To Say Goodbye (Italian & English) Andrea Bocelli Unchained Melody (Italian) Il Divo Vivo Per Lei (Italian) Andrea Bocelli You Raise me Up Josh Groban You're Still You Josh Groban
Easy Listening Love Songs/ Jazz Tunes In The Style Of A Whole new World Pebo Bryson Ain’t No Sunshine (Dm) All Of Me John Legend All Of Me Frank Sinatra All the Things You Are (Ab) All the Things You Are (Ab) All the Way Frank Sintra All the Way Frank Sinatra / Celine Dion Always On My Mind Michael Buble/ Willie Nelson Autumn Leaves Andrea Bocelli Blue Skies (Am) Bridge Over Troubled Water Russell Watson Desafinado João Gilberto Everything Michael Buble For You Kenny Latimore Gravity Sarah Bareles Hallellujah Leonard Cohen Home Michael Buble I Only Have Eyes For You (C ii) I've Got You Under My Skin Frank Sinatra Just The Way You Are Billy Joel Just the Way You Are Bruno Mars Kissing a Fool Michael Buble/ George Michael Let There be Love Nat King Cole Lost Michael Buble Love is Here to Stay (D) My Confession Josh Groban My Funny Valentine Frank Sinatra Nearness of You Ella Fitzgerald New York State of Mind Billy Joel Put Your Head on My Shoulders Michael Buble Quando Quando Quando Michael Buble She Charles Aznavour / Elvis Costello/ Il Divo Smoke Gets in Your Eyeys The Platters Thinking Out Loud Ed Sheeran Thousand Years, A Christina Perri Unforgettable Nat King Cole Volare Dean Martin We’re All Alone Bozz Scaggs What A Wonderful World Luis Armstrong What Are You Doing the rest of Your Life When I fall In Love Nat King Cole When I Fall In Love Nat King Cole When Lights are Low (F) When you say you love me Josh Groban Witchcraft Frank Sinatra You and I Michael Buble You are the Sunshine of my Life Stevie Wonder You’ll never Find Another Love Like Mine Michael Buble Your Love Andrea Bocelli Broadway All I Ask Of You Somewhere Music Of The Night Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bring Him Home Memory Pure Imagination Anthem Uptempo Jazz Tunes In The Style Of Stand By Me Ben E King Stand By Me (A) Ben E King Tougher than the Rest (G) Bruce Springstein Mambo Italiano Dean martin September Eath Wind and Fire All Of Me Frank Sinatra Almost Like Being in Love Frank Sinatra Call Me Irresponsible Frank Sinatra Cheek To Cheek Frank Sinatra Come Dance With Me Frank Sinatra Come Fly With me Frank Sinatra Days of Wine and Roses Frank Sinatra Fly me To The Moon Frank Sinatra I’ve Got You Under My Skin Frank Sinatra It had To Be You Frank Sinatra My One and Only Love Frank Sinatra My Way Frank Sinatra The girl from Ipanema Frank Sinatra The Way You Look Tonight Frank Sinatra Wave Frank Sinatra Witchcraft Frank Sinatra Day By Day (G ii) Frank Sinatra Love is Here to Stay (D) Frank Sinatra Summertime Gershwin Careless Whisper Gorge Michael Feeling Good Michael Buble For once in My Life Michael Buble Meglio Stastera Michael Buble Save the Last dance For Me Michael Buble Sway Michael Buble You Don’t Know Me Ray Charles Killing Me Softly Roberta Flack Hold On, I'm Coming Sam and Dave My Cherie Amour Stevie Wonder Overjoyed Stevie Wonder For Once in My Life Stevie Wonder Superstition Stevie Wonder Black Orpheus One Note Samba Desafinado (D) I Won't Dance (C) Lullaby of Birdland (Cm) Summertime Christmas Tunes Angels We Have Heard on High Ave Maria Baby it's cold outside Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire Grown Up Christmas List Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Holly Jolly Christmas I'll Be Home for Christmas It came upon a Midnight Clear It's Beginning to look a lot Like Chtistmas Let it snow Mary Did You Know O Christmas Tree O come all ye Faithful O Holy Night Panis Angelicus Petit Papa Noel Silent Night Silver Bells What Child Is This White Christmas