A name you should know: Jon Bellion

Glenn Rohrbacker

Some people may know Jon Bellion, some may not. He is a 24-year-old musician from Long Island, New York. He grew up in the Sachem School District (as did I) and has been making and producing music since he was a teenager.

Jon Bellion (AP photo)
Jon Bellion (AP photo)

He decided early on to drop out of college and pursue music full time. He was signed to the label Visionary Music Group in 2012. The first song he released on their page was a cover of “The Motto” by Drake. He then went on to produce two albums that were released for free called Translations Through Speakers and The Separation.

Bellion has been recently recognized by the music community for writing “The Monster,” the smash hit by Eminem and Rihanna. He also co-wrote the song “Trumpets” by Jason Derulo and “Holding Out” by Andy Grammer.

Huffington Post, MTV, Billboard, Last FM, and many other notable news sources have recognized him as an emerging artist and one that should be watched.
As he progresses in his career, you can see is the immense detail he puts into his music and his music videos.

One characteristic of Bellion’s music is that there is really nothing else like it. He uses many original sounds, often thinking outside of the box and putting a lot of different sounds together to make an experience that you will not find anywhere else. He combines his incredible singing voice with a surprising range with his rapping skills that give the pros a run for their money. Bellion says that his biggest inspiration has been Kanye West. Kanye fans would be able to notice several examples of this lyrically in Bellion’s music and his production style as well.

Bellion’s most recent release is his album The Definition. Two tracks from the album were pre-released on the Visionary Music Group YouTube page. “Simple and Sweet” is a song that was released over the summer and is about how a special someone is, well, just simple and sweet. The most recent release would be “Carry Your Throne.” This song, along with the music video, is intense and is hard not to get really into every time you hear it. This song is personally my favorite on the album and is great both lyrically and musically.

The track “Pre-Occupied” features rapper Blaque Keyz and is a song that basically sums up what each of them are about, while spitting some pretty clever rhymes. Blaque Keyz is a common collaboration friend to Bellion, as he can be heard on each of Bellion’s albums. “Haunted House” is another great song where Bellion speaks to his love, and thanks her for being there for him. He also knows that its time to forget about the past relationships he has had.

You can download The Definition at jonbellion.com and see all of his music videos on YouTube. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @jonbellion.

Bellion is a Long Island musician who is on his way to the top. I have no doubt in my mind that he will be on many more iPods and radios in the near future. He is a true artist, sticking to what he does best and that is something really refreshing to the music business these days.