JON RAVEN RECORDING ARTIST/MUSICIAN/PRODUCER/ACTOR/PERFORMER
Jon Raven began performing at the tender age of five, with his brother’s gospel band “The Brothers and Ruth” who produced three successful albums. By the age of nine he had sang alongside such gospel legends as “The Dixie Melody Boys”, “The Oak Ridge Boys, “The Hopper Brothers and Connie” and many more. Many of the Gospel Artists that Jon performed with as a child, later, went on to become secular country stars.
At the age of thirteen, Jon signed his first modeling contract and worked on many successful print campaigns. This lead to commercials and further success. In 1984, Jon took first place in Fighting, and Forms at the U.S. Tae Kwon Do Championships. This opened the door for an opportunity to perform a fight scene, in the made for television movie, “Peyton Place; The Next Generation”. Sparked by that first day on set, Raven realized he had two loves in his life; Film and Music.
Taking film extremely seriously, he decided to study with Adam Roarke, at the now infamous, “Film Actors Lab”, located in Dallas, Texas. A reporter, dubbed, the Film Actors Lab the ” Hell’s Angels School of Acting”. Lou Diamond Phillips, being the most famous alumni, spent many hours with Jon honing improvisational skills. Raven feels that these skills are a key element of a musical or dramatic performance.
Throughout the 80′s and 90′s Jon was Front Man, and Guitarist, for many bands with varying degrees of success; but, chose to start fresh with the new millennium as a Solo Artist. He co-produced his first solo album with award winning Canadian producer, Rick Kilborn; and also Glenna Powrie, at Riverside Studios in Burnaby, Canada. He has also recorded his second solo album, as well as produced the tracks for White Raven Records Recording Artist Heather Ann’s first solo album.
Jon Raven and Bill Cuomo are currently working together extensively. They have released the single – Cruel and Unusual, they are working on 2 other singles and a full length album at this time. Jon has always stayed true to the 80s metal scene. Since Bill has worked with Steve Perry, Whitesnake, REO Speedwagon, and many other groups and musicians that you have loved through the years and is a great partner to work with Jon to maintain and stay loyal to that sound. (For more details about Bill’s background – visit http://jon-raven.com/bill-cuomo-2)
Currently Jon has founded Rock God Entertainment Group, a video game production company, with the goal of developing interactive entertainment based video games and products that allows the user to be immersed in the world of being a Rock Legend. The purpose of the Rock God game series is to introduce the “Real Life” of Rock Stars and to reacquaint Classic Rock fans with their adolescent idols. The first of a series of games is currently in development.