Toronto Wedding Music Band – The Jonathan Michael Group GTA Singer

So who is The Jonathan Michael Group and why would you want to hire them for your wedding ceremony and reception, Christmas party of next function?  Well, we are a bunch of eclectic musicians from various musical backgrounds that are able to play a variety of musical genres to suit the occasion. What makes us unique is that whereas some musical bands can only provide one style of music for their audience (e.g. Rock or Jazz), we are able to do it all.

Collectively, the musicians in the group have backgrounds in classical music, jazz, rock and classical crossover. With that being said, it is not unheard for us to provide a unique and diverse musical repertoire for an occasion that can wow any audience.

For instance, we played a wedding ceremony and reception last year in which the bride wanted an Italian version of Roberta Flack’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” as a prelude and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” as a song right before the exchange of vows along with the Ave Maria when they were signing the marriage certificate.

For the reception, they requested songs such as Bruno Mars “Just The Way You Are”, John Legend’s “All of Me” and “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera.  I feel that our diversity is what is our strongest asset as a group and our ability to deliver quality performances across a number of genres.

The majority of us met as we were members of a Big Band orchestra in the Toronto area and had performances all throughout Toronto during the summertime at The Taste of the Danforth, Evening of the Stars at Mel Lastman’s Square, Casa Loma and at private corporate functions such as the grand opening of a car dealerships. We came from all different walks of life but what drew us together was our ability to excel in the realm of music. The Big Band orchestra was a great training grounds for us as it was very fast paced and we were required to learn new music very quickly with minimal practice or patience from a orchestra conductor for anything less that our best during rehearsals.

Before becoming The Jonathan Michael Group, I was asked by one of the members to join him and lend my vocals to a musical quartet he had called the Jazz Forge.  He had asked me to perform with them at a Valentine’s day gig the group had at the now defunct Gate 403 bar off of Roncesvalles, in Toronto. I joined the group for a number of performances at the bar and some other private functions. At that time, I was working with another pianist and was looking to cut an album. As the Jazz Forge musicians were amazing at their craft, it was only natural for me to ask them to lend their musical abilities and be part of the recording project.

In May of 2015, we recorded 22 songs in 8 hours and put out a 16-song album called The Compilation, which is essentially a snapshot of many of my favorite pieces across a number of genres that I had performed up to that time. We hosted a sold out concert at Musideum earlier that month to bring awareness to the album and that summer we promoted the album through a series of concerts and performances in Markham and the GTA.

One of the highlights as a group came when we were invited to enter the International Music Arts Festival and compete in the group competition. In doing so, we played and competed against international music groups as far away as China. For us, it was an excellent measuring stick to see how we fared against global artists. What was unique about this competition was that the audience had the say and vote in who they felt was the best musical band. This competition reassured that we are a world class musical band as we ended up winning  our group category.

Since then, we have performed at weddings, wedding receptions, birthday parties, baptism receptions, dinner and dance functions and Christmas parties. We feel that the best is still yet to come for The Jonathan Michael Group as we plan on continuing to record more albums and look forward to an upcoming year of many gigs and amazing performances. We hope we will get the chance to entertain you and your guest and your next party. Feel free to check out some of our performances on YouTube videos at https://youtu.be/nX4pthrdJqQ and https://youtu.be/Mz4lR6-kuyE

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