Based out of Omaha, Nebraska, Jonathan Friedman has been performing his own unique brand of song for almost two decades. A journeyman of sorts, Friedman has consistently delighted audiences with a diverse mix of cover songs and original compositions, whether performing as a member of various pop/rock outfits or commanding the stage as a solo performer. With six CDs under his belt and hundreds of live performances given, Jonathan Friedman shows no signs of stopping the ride anytime soon. He is in it for the long haul.
Jonathan Friedman cut his musical teeth in the late 1980's, playing alternative covers, as well as performing his original tunes for anybody willing to listen. From that point onward, Friedman has always leaned towards blurring the conventional lines between cover and original artists. "Good songs for good people equals good times", a philosophy that he lives by to this day.
In and out of many bands in the early 1990's(Clockwork, Dover's Window, Stranger Than Fiction), Jonathan Friedman continued to hone his performance and writing abilities. Friedman fronted his first "proper" band, Orange, in 1996, with co-writer/lead singer Aaron Stevens. Orange released an E.P. entitled "97 Sessions", before breaking up and sending Friedman on a mission to successfully front a project all his own.
In 1998, that project was born. Calling themselves Joe Galaxy, the band built a substantial fan base by playing high profile shows in the Omaha area, as well as releasing their self-titled, 4 song E.P. The band recorded tracks for a never-released CD for Indie label Get Go Records, before ultimately imploding in typical "rock star" fashion.
After soul searching for a while, Friedman teamed up with Stevens again and formed STEVENS & FRIEDMAN. They recorded 15 songs for yet another never-released CD. A large number of the tracks became material for Friedman's next band, The What Ifs, formed in 2001. The What Ifs put out a self-titled, 4 song E.P. in 2002, which featured Steven's strong vocals, as well as Friedman's strongest original material to date.
In 2005, Jonathan Friedman joined Omaha favorite, Old Boy Network, playing keyboards live and on their latest CD "Blinding Heights". Friedman was honored to have Old Boy Network record one of his songs, "The Fix Is In" for this CD.
The time had come for Jonathan Friedman to break out and release some of his more personal solo recordings. He adapted a new singer/songwriter persona and began to play exclusively as a solo artist, opening up for acts such as Vertical Horizon, The Smithereens, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, to much acclaim. Friedman released two full length solo CDs around this time, 2007's "Timeline" and 2008's "Seattle".
Currently, Jonathan Friedman can be found playing to enthusiastic audiences in and around the Omaha area. Two new Jonathan Friedman CDs are due out in 2009/10, "Shifting Gears" and "Burner". Friedman is also currently involved in a brand new studio project, entitled Drab Kills UK, with ace recording engineer/guitarist Jim Homan. This promises to be some of the best work Friedman has been involved with to date.