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Jon Allen (musician)

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Jon Allen
OriginWinchester, England
GenresFolk rock, soul
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, harmonica, piano, drums, bass

Jon Allen (born Jonathon Allen) is an English singer-songwriter born in Winchester, currently living in London. His debut album Dead Man's Suit was released in 2009. With his fourth studio album 'Blue Flame', he has amassed five million plays on Spotify.

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Early life

Allen grew up in Winchester and South Devon attending Sands School. It was there that he began playing the drums and guitar. When he was 15, he started recording songs on a cassette based four-track machine. On leaving school Allen attended college completing a BTEC in performing arts. Whilst performing in various local bands he auditioned and was accepted at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA). This is where he met Paul McCartney, who encouraged him to continue as a songwriter.[1]


After graduating from LIPA, Allen moved to London, after one of his demos received a five-star review in the magazine Making Music. Management offers in London soon followed.

It was on the London gig circuit that Allen met members of his future band including Hammond organ player Rich Milner, who Allen spotted at a gig in South London. Milner introduced Allen to Tristan Longworth who went on to produce and record his debut album, Dead Man's Suit.

Jon Allen live in concert
Jon Allen live in concert

Allen has toured with Dionne Warwick, Emmylou Harris, Mark Knopfler, KT Tunstall, Seal, Graham Parker and Damien Rice among others.

Debut album

The song "Going Home" featured on the worldwide Land Rover TV commercial in 2008 bringing him wider recognition. In 2009 Jon signed with Absolute Distribution and released his debut album Dead Man's Suit. Shortly after this Allen signed a publishing deal with Wardlaw Music.

Side projects

As a founder member of northern soul production team, The Third Degree, he co-produced and sung one of the most widely recognised cover versions of the Duffy song Mercy.[2]

TV appearances and radio broadcasts

TV and film syncs


  • In 2018 'Keep On Walking' was added to Spotify's 'A Perfect Day' playlist.


Studio albums


"In Your Light EP" (2005)

  • "Going Home" (2008)
  • "In Your Light" (2009)
  • "Young Man Blues/ Dead Man’s Suit" (2009)
  • "Down by the River" (2009)
  • "Joanna" (2011)
  • "Night & Day" (2014)


Year Album UK Albums Chart UK Independent Albums Chart UK Independent Album Breakers UK Album Downloads Chart
2009 Dead Man's Suit 139[4] - 16
2011 Sweet Defeat 196[5] 27 8
2014 Deep River 126[6] 16 2
2018 Blue Flame 25 5 87


  1. ^ "Business Consultancy". Jon Allen. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  2. ^ "??". Retrieved 26 August 2014. (subscription required)
  3. ^ "BBC Two - Later... with Jools Holland". 31 May 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  4. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK - Update 2009". Zobbel. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  5. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK – Update 4.06.2011". Zobbel. Retrieved 5 June 2011.
  6. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK - Update 19.07.2014". Zobbel. Retrieved 15 September 2015.

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