The ‘Golden Voice' and ‘Easy-Listening Music’ of Jon Vea Vea are well known throughout the Fraser Coast region in Queensland Australia.
He is a seasoned professional performer who is equally comfortable performing acoustic solos or being the lead singer with a band.
Jon's combination of emotive vocals, lead guitar, and harmonica are suited to intimate restaurant dining as well as more upbeat dance nights.
He has regularly performed at Hervey Bay Boat Club, Hervey Bay RSL Sports Bar, The Club House, plus Federal Hotel and Heritage Markets Maryborough.
He especially enjoys the positive vibe of performing at grass-roots community events and regional festivals. These have included Urangan Pier Centenary Celebrations, Harmony Day at Gatakers Artspace, NAIDOC Songlines, Moonaboola Street Party, plus Jinjinburra Didj Festival, Childers Multicultural Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, and Fraser Coast Cultural Festival.
Due to popular demand, in 2016 he released his first covers CD: 'Jon Vea Vea sings Jazz & Country'. Feedback has been very positive, with many people enjoying the collection everyday as their favourite drive-time music heading to and from work.
On May 27 2017 the premiere of his 'Music from My Soul' live performance was filmed at Bond Store Museum in Maryborough to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the historic 'Yes Vote' referendum. The 'Music From My Soul' CD and DVD are now available for purchase. The raw, emotive, and powerful lyrics in these original compositions invite audiences to join in an intimate conversation about the major challenges of life, death, love, loss, and redemption.
'Music From My Soul' titles are: Wangari Thinks (Hey Whitefella); Living The Dream; How Come Time Takes The Blame; In My Room; Answers; Through My Grandfather's Eyes; The Condamine; Final Farewell; I'll See You In The Dreamtime; and Wangari Cries On K'Gari. Special thanks to the Butchulla / Badtjala custodians for use of traditional language words in two of these songs. A Dance Remix of Wangari Cries on K'Gari has now been recorded by Jon Vea Vea for use by indigenous choreographers for storytelling through dance.
In January 2018 'Music From My Soul' was performed at Fairfield Library as a 'Songs of our Homelands' event.
In recognition of his talents as a storyteller and singer-songwriter, Jon Vea Vea received 'Playing Queensland Fund' support towards a regional communities tour of his solo show 'Music From My Soul'. He travelled over 5,000 kilometres to perform at 14 venues including Mungalla Station, Yarrabah, Cooktown, Hope Vale, Wujal Wujal, Palm Island, Charters Towers, Cherbourg, Maryborough, Eidsvold, and Gin Gin. Whilst on tour, videographer Peter Eaton filmed Jon Vea Vea performing three songs inside Cathedral Cave. Magical acoustics!
Original Composition by Jon Vea Vea Singer/Songwriter
In recognition of Jon's song writing abilities, ABC Regional Radio ‘Naidoc’ segment and Fraser Coast Community Radio ‘Swamp’ program have interviewed him several times and played some of his original tracks.
'Through My Grandfather's Eyes' Lyrics and Music by Jon Vea Vea Recorded at Walaha Studio 2014
Jon is an extremely versatile entertainer singing and playing many diverse genres from Swing, Rock n Roll, Ballads, Country, and particularly Australiana.
Below are just a few covers.
'Lay your head upon my pillow' Written by Kris Kristofferson Recorded at Walaha Studio 2015
'Me and Bobby McGee' Written by Fred L Foster & Kris Kristofferson Recorded at Walaha Studio 2015
'Lil' Liza Jane' Traditional Folk Song Recorded at Walaha Studio 2015