Performing Is The Best Music Career Momentum Builder, But It's Also The Hardest Thing To Do – Jann Klose with acoustic guitar

“We learn a lot more from failures. The irony is that, as soon as you get comfortable with something and start coasting, the only way is down.” – Jann Klose on audience growth and success

Jann Klose says that performing is the best music career momentum builder. He also says performing at this level is the hardest thing to do. Jann is an award-winning singer-songwriter, who has released six albums and two EPs. He was raised in Kenya, South Africa, Germany and the United States. His newest singles, Sugar My, Love You the Most and Pilot Light, have accumulated over five million streams across all platforms. Love You the Most is part of the soundtrack to the Amazon film Married Young and broke Top 40 radio in the United States, peaking at #49.

Jann is an ambassador for Desmond Tutu’s TutuDesk campaign and Brick by Brick Uganda. He is the singing voice of Tim Buckley in the movie Greetings from Tim Buckley (Universal). His songs have been heard on the Grammy® nominated Healthy Food For Thought compilation, MTV Cribs and the movies Dead Broke (Warner Bros) featuring Paul Sorvino and One Little Finger alongside Quincy Jones, Siedah Garrett and Julian Lennon. He has performed as an actor and singer in touring companies of Broadway musicals, including Jesus Christ Superstar, Jekyll and Hyde, and The Who’s Tommy, as well as made for TV movies, voice overs and commercials.

In 2020, Jann launched his podcast, Making Sound with Jann Klose. Recent episodes have featured industry legends like Annie Haslam of Renaissance, Frank Bello of Anthrax and Simon Kirke of Bad Company.

Jann tours year round in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia, and has opened for and collaborated with a wide range of artists including Pat Benatar, John Oates of Hall and Oates, Suzanne Vega, Rosanne Cash, Paula Cole among many others.

In this conversation we talk about the influences of his youth, his singles Sugar My and The Kite, building a following in the U.S. and abroad, thoughts on maintaining music career momentum, the value of inspiring others, his Making Sound Podcast and more.

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