Jonathan Brinkley

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  • Great Northwest Fest: Jonathan Brinkley

    This show was on Jul 30th, 2014 | 28 people watched
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    • Jul 31
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Bio

A singer/songwriter for seventeen years, Jonathan hails from the suburbs of Dallas/Ft Worth, Texas, but spent his early twenties as a wandering minstrel, hitchhiking around the country, playing street corners and dive bars for whomever would listen. He saw humanity at its best in his travels, which formed the basis of his musical philosophy: to point out what’s right in the world.

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A singer/songwriter for seventeen years, Jonathan hails from the suburbs of Dallas/Ft Worth, Texas, but spent his early twenties as a wandering minstrel, hitchhiking around the country, playing street corners and dive bars for whomever would listen. He saw humanity at its best in his travels, which formed the basis of his musical philosophy: to point out what’s right in the world.

"There are enough folksingers out there just trying to break your heart," he says. "I’m doing my best to help it beat stronger."

When he first encountered the Pacific Northwest, he knew he’d call it home eventually. Since arriving in Portland in the Spring of 2004, he’s been enchanting audiences of widely varying demographics in all sorts of venues.

Playing mostly fingerstyle acoustic guitar, he creates songs that recall the heartbreak of conventional folk, but remain pointedly optimistic. Transformation, liberation, and reconciliation between joy and pain are common themes. His clear-as-daylight tenor voice rings true and calls people in.

His concerts are exercises in awakening, where his intimacy and vulnerability invite listeners to go deeper into themselves. About live performance in general, and house concerts in particular, Jonathan says, “I like to move your heart while engaging your brain. My goal is to go outside the usual boundaries of performance and give listeners a full-being experience.”

Jonathan’s adventures include the 2011 release of “Everything’s a Phoenix”, his first full-length, solo studio album, plus a 2011 tour of Europe which took him to nine countries, mostly playing house concerts. In 2013 he did another house concert tour, this time up and down the west coast of the U.S. He's looking forward now to the birth of his first child, and a new record on the horizon!

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