“There’s only one way to express what music gives me.
It gives me purpose, it gives me point.
When I sing, I can just be me”
-Jonathan Antoine, 26 year old tenor from the UK.
When Jonathan sings, it’s immediately apparent
you are hearing one of the best voices in the world. The quality, feeling and authenticity that he puts into his performances reaches out and draws you into the music. Depending on the theme of the current serenade, he has you feeling the thrill of new love, brokenhearted, grieving, hopeful and more.
From Puccini to Leonard Cohen, Jonathan sings a diverse
repertoire, bringing many musical tastes together and audiences appreciate all.
Most initially learned of Jonathan Antoine from the 2012 Britain’s Got Talent series where he sang in a duo called Jonathan and Charlotte. The emotional and inspiring audition, consecutive semi-final and final performances had the UK viewers going wild. With the media frenzy that followed the audition airing, it was the beginning of a whirlwind of television appearances and a documentary, performances all over Europe as well as creating the first album, Together, all at the age of 17. A second album, Perhaps Love followed, containing solos from each artist, hinting that separate careers were approaching. The duo did part, each with their own contract to pursue individual aspirations and Jonathan’s debut solo album,Tenore, was released in October 2014.
“The cadenza is just, just wizardry!” – Jonathan Antoine on La Donna e Mobile
The much anticipated album showcased Jonathan’s growth and hard work training his voice. It contains classics such as La Donna e Mobile, Panis Angelicus, and a must-sing tribute to Mario Lanza with Be My Love to name but a few. Just before release date, Jonathan was invited to perform in the finale concert of the month-long iTunes festival held at the Roundhouse in London, as Placido Domingo’s guest. At the ripe age of 19, he had his first number one charting classical album.
2014 also found Jonathan performing for the first time in the USA. David Foster whisked him away to perform at the 20th anniversary Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night- an incredible experience for such a worthy cause. At another performance in Florida, a highlight was singing the Beatles' Hey Jude with Sting, Ne-Yo, Adam Levine and Tessanne Chin.
After a second successful UK tour, multiple performances in shows such as the Classical Spectacular at Royal Albert Hall and a very brief, much needed break; Jonathan started work on Believe, his fourth album and sophomore solo album released in August 2016. Immediately, his progression was apparent upon listening to his stunning interpretations of Puccini’s E Lucevan le Stelle and Che Gelida Manina. His vocal coach, the much revered Joy Mammen, said “I don't think there is Tenor past or present with a better Top C! He performs with charm, sincerity and a natural communication; a beautiful quality that will only improve”
Believe, Jonathan Antoine’s second number one charting album, is as diverse as his fans with a mix of classic arias, musical theatre songs and contemporary classics. There is something for everyone.
Jonathan Antoine- The Younger Years
Here is a bit of background on the young tenor everyone is so impressed with. Jonathan Frederick Antoine was born January 13, 1995 in Goodmayes, Essex. He is one of a family of four with John, his father, who is a police inspector, his mum Tracy and older sister Charlotte. Always having been a creative and loving child, Jonathan was called an "all-rounder" due to his versatility, excelling in various mediums and subjects.
He enjoys painting and drawing and actually had initial aspirations of becoming a writer. At age 11, however, he started singing lessons and it was recognized that Jonathan had a natural gift with potential to develop into something amazing.
His first vocal teacher, Jenny Ewington, worked with him and some of the first songs he sang were Where is Love from Oliver, Santa Lucia and Panis Angelicus. He was known around school as "The boy with the incredible voice."
At age 13 Jonathan's voice broke and he went from singing soprano to a rich and beautiful tenor. His newly emerged tenor voice was displayed to all when he sang Bring Him Home at the Stratford and East London Music Festival's "Young Musician of The Year" the title of which he won in 2010. He was offered places at four junior departments of the London Conservatoires following audition. He accepted a place at the Junior Royal Academy of Music, with Sara Reynolds as a voice teacher.
Also in 2010, Jonathan joined W11 Opera and was cast in their production "Rain Dance" which was performed at Riverside Studios in Hammersmith and quite an accomplishment for one in their first year. His love of drama was allowed to shine in one of the leading roles as the villain Tau. In 2011, he sang a solo performance of the Bach/Gounod version of Ave Maria at the Royal Festival Hall in London as part of the Rotary "Youth Makes Music" event.
He's quirky, he's fun and he has a phenomenal voice. Live performances are where he truly shines and those able to have seen him have said it’s an experience not forgotten.
Jonathan currently continues with his musical studies and vocal training with his beloved teacher, Joy Mammen. His development and maturing is ongoing and shows at every performance he gives. He lives just outside of London, UK and has his own studio on the property where he writes music and works on learning and fine tuning various pieces for performances and future recordings. He has also been having fun doing voice acting projects for video games. A lover of all music genres- heavy metal in particular, Jonathan also has a love of playing guitars with quite a collection started consisting of six, seven, and eight-string guitars, plus three basses and a ukulele.
Jonathan’s inclusive and down to earth nature have been a huge attractant in introducing people to the classical genre that normally would not have been interested. The popularity of his videos on YouTube has been staggering, with collective views in the 100’s of millions and he doesn’t take any fan for granted.
Some of the causes Jonathan supports include fighting homelessness, anything to do with animal welfare and he is very proudly a patron of the Katy Holmes Trust, which helps raise funds and awareness for paediatric brain tumour research. Other issues that are very personal to Jonathan are mental health and anti-bullying. He has been incredibly open speaking in multiple interviews about the importance of self-worth and a general loving attitude and outlook on life.
Written by- Leigh Michal
Jonathan is left handed but plays guitar right handed
He has three cats, Pandora (pictured), Polly and Willow
Favorite color is orange
He loves to build Gundam models
Jonathan loves photography
"The Antoine" and "Stavvy" are both nicknames