Jonathan David Bellion, or mainly recognized by his artist name Jon Bellion, was born and raised in Lake Grove, New York, on Long Island. He is currently 27 years old and is focused on singing, songwriting and rapping. Dropping out of college when he was just 19, Bellion has been in the music industry ever since.
His first mixtape, Scattered Thoughts Vol. 1, was released in 2011, Translation Through Speakers and The Separation in 2013 and The Defintion in 2014. Bellion released his first album, The Human Condition, on Jun. 10, 2016. This album made its way to the fifth spot on the US billboard top 200 at the end of 2016. Most people recognize Bellion for his song “All Time Low” as it made it into the top 40 radio on Aug. 30, 2016. Bellion has another album coming out, Glory Sound Prep, on Nov. 9th of this year.
Bellion has already released three songs from his second album as a tease for his hardcore fans. The first song is “Conversations With My Wife” followed by “JT” and then finally “Stupid Deep.” All three of these songs are very Jon Bellion esque. Bellion released “Conversations With My Wife” on Oct. 19, 2018. “JT” released one week later and then “Stupid Deep” one week after that. All songs were released one week apart until the the final release of the album. His style has not changed very much as he goes from mixtape to mixtape or even album to album. However, this does not mean Bellion does not partake in all kinds of music. He dabbles in Pop Soul, Electropop, Contemporary R&B, Pop Rap and Synthpop.
So how is Glory Sound Prep? Everytime Bellion releases more music, I cannot help but get goosebumps. There are a total of 10 songs on the album. The first song, “Conversations with my Wife,” brings listeners back to classic Bellion. The song starts with heavy guitar and Bellion describes how no matter how successful he gets, his wife will always be the most important thing to him. The song ends with a fun guitar solo and base in the background.
Next up on the album is “JT.” The verses in the song are fairly mellow with piano and guitar, while the chorus picks up with base and techno beats. Throughout the song, he explains how he achieved his dreams and is finally successful. “JT” is a nod towards famous actor John Travolta. This is shown when the lyrics state, “Was pinching pennies like Lane and Hardaway/ Now my beats make feast for holidays in Greece/ And I don’t mean John Travolta.” These lines represent how he has made enough money to go on vacation in Greece, but he does not mean the famous movie Grease that Travolta starred in.
“Let’s Begin” shows Bellion rapping for the first time on the album. Laying lyrics over base and light guitar, Bellion is also accompanied by several other artists on the song.
The fourth song, “Stupid Deep,” slows down and is a more emotional song. It explains what it’s like to be a human being and the thoughts that everyone goes through in the journey of life. The song consists of a synthletic beat followed by a nice little flute section.
The fifth song, “The Internet,” picks things back up as a fun and upbeat song. Trumpets, tambourines, drums and great background vocals play throughout, making you want to get up and dance.
The next half of the album has five more songs. The sixth song goes by the name of “Blu.” Bellion’s vocals are showcased very well in this song. The song switches between mellow sounds of his fading voice to upbeat trumpets and Bellion giving the listener the full range of his voice.
“Adult Swim” is probably the most clever song that Bellion pieces together, and you get to hear him rapping again. This song is unique because it’s as if there is a narrator within the song that is switching radio channels to change the flow and sound of the song throughout.
“Couples Retreat” is a pretty modern love song. Bellion is basically telling the listener that no matter how much each significant other messes up that they can ultimately make up by saying sorry with one’s body.
The ninth song, “Cautionary Tales,” is by far the most guitar heavy song. It’s very distinct as Bellion sings over the top of it. The song ends with a piano solo and beautiful rifting vocals.
The tenth, and final song, “Mah’s Joint,” is the longest song on the album coming in at 8:02. The first few minutes of the song are very touching as you listen to the lyrics. A soothing violin can be heard in the beginning and then slowly transitions into all out joy with a trumpet playing for the next few minutes. Lastly, the song ends its adventure with windchime like sounds and several instruments encompassing a warm sound.
As a big Jon Bellion fan, it’s hard to find several things that I don’t like about the album. This is only his second studio album, so any music that he releases is a joy to listen to. However, I wish he would have put more than just ten songs on the album. Adding one or two more songs is not asking a whole lot. What I will tell you is that you should give this album a listen and take a chance on Bellion. He is not the most famous or mainstream artist of today’s modern music, but he is amazing in all of his own ways. Whether he is rapping, singing or producing, all of his songs are unique from one another and tell their own story. If you’re looking to get behind an artist or find some new music to listen to then Bellion is your guy.