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Jon Smith is a vocalist, arranger, director, vocal coach, and recording engineer from New York. He currently sings Tenor in the five-time Grammy-winning vocal group, The Swingles.
While on tour with The Swingles, Jon has had the chance to sing alongside world-renowned artists such as Gareth Malone, Kurt Elling, New York Voices, and The Real Group. The group has also been featured on OnlyConnect and The West Wing Weekly. In addition to touring with The Swingles, Jon is an accomplished session singer specialising in pop, jazz, gospel, and classical/choral music.
He has sung on movie soundtracks such as Downsizing, Mary Poppins Returns, Wonder Woman 1984, Jurassic World: Dominion, and Thor: Love and Thunder. Jon’s award-winning arrangements can be heard on many a cappella compilation albums (BOCA, Voices Only, Sing) and have also been featured on SKY 1’s TV Show “Sing: Ultimate A cappella.” While working on the show, Jon arranged for the Billboard chart-topping British band, The Vamps.
Jon specialises as a coach and masterclass clinician for high school, collegiate, and professional singing groups all across the world, many of whom have gone on to receive high placements and special awards at competitions for their performances. He teaches voice with a holistic approach, understanding that all types of singing can be taught in tandem, with long-term vocal health remaining paramount.