JONATHON WELCH - GRATEFUL
A new song of love and thankfulness from one of Australia’s most loved performers.
Multi award winning Australian singer, conductor, teacher and cultural icon Jonathon Welch is proud to release a new song ahead of Mother’s Day– Grateful. Grateful is an inspiring, uplifting pop/opera cross-over track; a song of love and gratitude to the people in our lives that have been by our side and helped us through difficult times. In this age of Coronavirus this message of thanks and love is more important than ever.
LISTEN TO GRATEFUL HERE
"My own wonderful Mother was very front of mind when I began writing this song just a few months ago. I found a photo of her as I was moving house and as I sat on my bed and looked at her beautiful smile, the whole melody came to me one afternoon in about half an hour.
Even though she's been gone for many years, she has inspired me throughout my life. I've always wanted to find a way of saying how grateful I am for her enduring love and support, even though we cannot be together.
I then collaborated with my dear friend and great musician Dave Newington to finish the lyrics and the arrangement, and we were about to record the track and the COVID 19 lockdown began. Without changing a word, we realised that the song would resonate for many people who are isolated and separated from their loved ones, especially those working on the 'front line'.
I think many of us are reflecting on who the special people are in our lives, given this pandemic. I think this song is the perfect way to share your feelings and give thanks to those people we are grateful for, including our Mothers and other loved ones who have been there to help us through difficult times".
Jonathon Welch is one of Australia’s most unique and diverse artists with a career spanning four decades. Jonathon has performed around the World alongside many of the finest singers, directors and conductors including Baz Lurhmann, John Farnham, Jimmy Barnes, KD Lang, Grace Bumbry, Frederica Von Stade and Dame Joan Sutherland in some of the world’s great Concert Halls and Opera Houses including Carnegie Hall, New York, Royal Albert Hall, London and Sydney Opera House.
Jonathon gained international acclaim for his work with The Choir Of Hard Knocks – the subject of an award winning documentary released in 2007. His commitment to music and the arts and his tireless work within the marginalised and homeless communities across Australia has been recognised many times – including being awarded the Victorian and Australian of the Year Local Hero 2008, ANZAC of the Year 2009, an Honorary Doctorate, an Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2009 and an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders.