Jon Wheelock fronts the Fox Cities R&B and soul band J-Council. To anyone who’s seen Wheelock live, he’s “the guy with the big voice,” skillfully able to belt out versions of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” or “Shotgun” by Jr. Walker and the Allstars and make them his own. Several J-Council songs are in regular rotation on The Avenue, like “Hold My Heart.” We asked Jon about what’s on his playlist, not surprisingly, they’re the same songs that influence the J-Council sound.
The band will have a new album released sometime this summer. We’re looking forward to it! In the meantime you can have a listen to J-Council here https://soundcloud.com/j-council/hold-my-heart and if you haven’t seen them live, get on it!
Make sure to follow J-Council on Facebook for show dates and album release news https://www.facebook.com/jcouncilmusic/
“So I'm always on a heavy rotation of music. I listen to a bunch of different things depending on weather, mood, time, who I'm with or who I'm not with. I do have my go to favorites though. Here are a few, in no particular order.
Bill Withers, for the heartfelt songs and emotional loss. “Hope She’ll Be Happier” is the song that kind of started all of this J-Council stuff. I performed it with my dad at the chapel for the first time.”
Al Green for his moans and squeals of love and pain. James Brown for his screams and unmatched groove! And Otis Redding, for a bit of all of the above! “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” is a favorite.
“Overall the Motown sound will always have my heart. I'm also heavily into hip-hop from the 90s so that definitely sneaks its way into the J-Council sound.
“To me music is simply everything."
Listen for yourself here:
Bill Withers https://youtu.be/HpDXAZtT59s
Al Green https://youtu.be/rqqAnjY2Rmo
James Brown https://youtu.be/DgukXPbGS1I
Otis Redding https://youtu.be/YIlWjhci01U
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