We love getting new music from around the globe, and Honeybee has us all smacking our lips. Jono Smithers is a 23-year-old guitarist, songwriter and producer from Plettenberg Bay South Africa now living in Boston, USA, after completing his music degree at Berklee. The album was preceded by a party pop tune called Cape Town and the full album is a delightful mix of jazz, pop and folk.
HoneyBee is dedicated to his late grandmother
“It is about my experience in America over the past two years. I was only able to go as a result of my grandmother Bea – she believed in me enough to provide me the means by which to pursue my dream of becoming a musician. It is a collection of the past year of my life, the ups and the downs and finally all of the wonderful people that were a part of it. I am tremendously grateful for the opportunity I was lucky to receive and hope to make my late Grandmother proud”.
Jono is the recipient of two Berklee College of Music scholarships – Songwriting and Performance Guitar. Whilst at Berklee Jono has had the opportunity to study under the likes of Mick Goodrick, Larry Baione, Mark White, Dave Tronzo, Tim Miller & Jeff Lockhart. These are all giants in their field having mentored the likes of Pat Metheny, Mike Stern, Bill Frisell, and John Scofield.
After graduating from Berklee, to celebrate – Jono released his brand new single ‘Cape Town’, which is having great success on South African stations.
Cape Town is an upbeat; summer pop hit and celebrates the beauty, passion and glory of Cape Town and South Africa.
HoneyBee – his full album is out now on all streaming platforms and if this is his first full length album, then we cannot wait to hear more.
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Twitter – @smithersJono