Folk \ Rock \ R&B
Jonny Starkes is a singer/songwriter from Hare Bay, Newfoundland who now resides in Toronto, Ontario. Jonny’s songs are derived from his rise/falls in life as well as the world around him. In these songs Jonny delivers a soulful grit but peacefulness to his dynamic craft where he leaves everything in the open and lays it all on the line.
Jonny was introduced to the guitar at a young age by his late grandfather Ernest Collins.
“Even tho I didn’t know what I was doing, he never cared while I strummed sweet nothings and knocked his guitar outta tune with a bread bag clip lol”
It wasn’t until the age of 12 that his uncle Roger showed him a few chords which he held on to while he drifted from the guitar and music. Luckily at the age of 17 He asked for his own guitar that his parents bought him for Christmas. From there he went on to mustard the courage to play in front of school audiences etc. He wasn’t that great but Jonny always had a desire to push himself, perform in any aspect of his life and to be better than the day before. At the age of 27 Jonny decided he wanted to write his own songs and carve his own path in life with his music. He felt that he had a voice that needed to be heard and was tired of following the herd. Since then Jonny has become an up and coming name in the Toronto music scene where he has went on to play numerous festivals around Ontario, venues across the GTA, he has won the epidemic music groups Robin Short award for hardest working and supportive artist in the community, released his debut album “Father’s Boy” which was written Around the lost of his Father to cancer in 2017 .
“My Father was very sick and I had a show that I thought it would be too much for him to attend. I was done playing my set and then I looked and saw my mom walking my father across the field. I asked the organizers if they minded if I kept playing since my dad never got to see me much. I played for another 30 minutes while my father just sat and watched me and didn’t even flinch. Later at home My dad called me to the living room, sat me down next to him and asked me what I wanted do with my life. I told him I wanted be a singer/songwriter. He gave me a hug, we cried and he gave the money to start recording my debut album and told me to never give up. He died shortly after this but I had his approval which was something I’ve always sought after with my father and was all that I needed.
Now to make him happy and to walk my mother down the red carpet at the Juno awards would be a great accomplishment”.
“I believe the voice is a window to somebodies soul, so come on in and have a seat while I sing and play for you”
Thanks for taking the time to stop by! I’m looking forward to sharing my work with all my fellow Newfoundlanders!