BIOGRAPHY

Biography

Jonn Savannah Biography


At 21 years old, after a brief stint with a punk band, Jonn Savannah auditioned to become a founder member of the Sinceros, who signed a world-wide deal with Epic Records and released two critically acclaimed albums. During this time Jonn also played with Lene Lovich on the second Stiff Records Tour. After the Sinceros split up he embarked on a UK and American tour with Bill Nelson and the Practical Dreamers.

Jonn then joined Squeeze and worked on their album Sweets from a Stranger. While Squeeze were taking a break Jonn co-produced 25 Years - a self-penned single, quickly picked up by Metronome Records in Germany and released all over Europe under the name of The Catch. While the promotional campaign for the single was building in Germany Jonn played with Judie Tzuke on a short UK tour, subsequently teaming up with drummer Chris Whitten to perform 25 Years on German television, after which the single sold half a million copies and reached number 3, remaining in the charts for 40 weeks. The Catch recorded two albums and several singles for Metronome racking up a total of three quarters of a million sales. In 1988 Jonn secured a recording contract with Polydor Records in Germany - a single, Ordinary Girl, was released in the late summer of 1989. Jonn produced a remake of 25 Years for Hansa Records in Germany, and an album was released by Hansa late in 1991. Another single, A Man's Gotta Do What A Man's Gotta Do, was released on East West Records in February 1992.

Jonn was selected to play with Tina Turner for the European leg of her mammoth fifteen month Break Every Rule tour in 1987 and in 1990 Jonn played with the John Lennon Tribute band in Liverpool, rejoining Squeeze in 1991 for their American and British tours. He then toured with Procol Harum in 1992 and later that year joined the Van Morrison band. Jonn joined Squeeze for the third time in 1995 and in 1998 worked yet again with Van Morrison.

Jonn began working on the American Idol series in 2002, tuning the vocals for the contestants. In 2005 he relocated to Medford, New Jersey, where he set up Jonn Savannah Music, an umbrella organization for music writing, recording and education.

Solo Releases

Solo Releases


1983 - Signed to Metronome Records in Germany under the name of The Catch.
1984 - Balance on Wires CD, Metronome Records.
1985 - Walk The Water CD, Metronome Records.
1989 - Ordinary Girl Single, Polydor Records.
1991 - Remake of 25 Years Single, Hansa Records.
1991 - 25 Years - The Album CD, Hansa Records.
1992 - A Man's Gotta Do What A Man's Gotta Do Single, Hansa Records.
1994 - Signed to EMI Music Publishing.
1996 - Remake of 25 Years Single, East West Records.
1997 - Re-release of Balance On Wires & Walk The Water CDs, G.I.B. Records.
2001 - Feng Shui CD, Healing Harmonies.
2002 - Le Grand Bleu CD, Ambiente.
2002 - Tantric Sex CD, Ambiente.
2003 - Chill Out For The Mind CD, Northstar Music.
2005 - Watercolours CD, Ambiente.
2006 - The Mayan Codices CD, Invisible Earth Productions.
2006 - Sanctuary CD. Invisible Earth Productions.
2006 - Inversions CD, Invisible Earth Productions.

Live Shows

Live Shows


1978 - Lene Lovich.
1978-80 - The Sinceros.
1980 - Bill Nelson.
1981-83 - Squeeze.
1983 - Judy Tzuke.
1986 - Roger Daltrey.
1987 - Tina Turner.
1988 - First Mandela Concert, Wembley Stadium.
1990 - John Lennon Tributes, Liverpool & Tokyo Dome.
1991 - Squeeze.
1992 - Procol Harum.
1992-95 - Van Morrison.
1995 - Squeeze.
1998 - Van Morrison.
1999-2000 - Lulu.

Studio Sessions

Studio Sessions


ABC, Baby Ford, The Belle Stars, Boy George, Brian Kennedy, Carsie Blanton, Chris Eaton, Clive Griffin, Dr. Mouthquake, Eezee Posse, Fingerprintz, Francis Ruffele, Gary Clark, Gary Moore, Gianni Morandi, Gregory Gray, Heartland, Holly Johnson, Jaki Graham, Jesus Loves You, Jimi Somerville, Joe Cocker, Jona Lewie, Katrina & the Waves, Lee Kosmin, Mark Nevin, Martyn Joseph, Mindy McReady, Model, Nick Kamen, Nik Kershaw, The Pawnshop Roses, The Quick, The River City People, Roger Daltrey, Russell Watson, Sheila Walsh, Squeeze, Stephen Duffy, Stereo Transmitted Disease, Tasmin Archer, The Sinceros, This Picture, Thomas Anders, Tina Turner, Tom Jones, Tracey Ullman, Tracie Young, Van Morrison, Wendy & the Rockets, Worlds Apart.

Co-Writers

Co-Writers


Rick Astley, Joe Bashorun, Steve Booker, Helen Boulding, Sally Boyden, Chris Braid, Garry Christian, Gary Clark, Alexis Cunningham, Jay Dee, Cathy Dennis, Chris Difford, Charlie Dore, Minnie Driver, Richard Drummie, Graeme Duffin, Sherena Dugani, Francis Dunnery, Amy Faden, Ron Francois, Peter Glenister, John Goodwin, Dory Jackson, Andy Kane, Gary Kemp, Brian Kennedy, Jennifer Kimball, Kipper, Simon Kirke, Mark Kjeldsen, Mick Leeson, Robin Lerner, Liz Longley, Angela Lupino, Neill MacColl, Marsha Malamet, Rebecca Martin, Reg Meuross, Paul Muggleton, Billie Myers, Sarah Nagourney, James Nesbit, Mark Nevin, Howard New, Richard Niles, Tessa Niles, Robert Ellis Orrall, Wendy Page, Marti Pellow, John Peppard, Heitor Pereira, Charles Pierre, Monty Powell, Guy Pratt, Phil Roy, Maggie Ryder, Jimmy Scott, Chris Sheehan, Ellen Shipley, Joey Tempest, William Topley, Judie Tzuke, Peter-John Vettese, Mark Weston, Wildflowers, Mark Williamson.

Production

Production


Alexis Cunningham, Bernie Armstrong, Brigid Boden, Chris Sheehan, Dixie Peach, Ed Belgeonne, ELL, Hanne Boel, High Frontier, Hilaire Penda, Jaki Graham, Jaqui Berne, Lindi, Lisa M, Mike Allen, Minnie Driver, Paul Anderson, Random Man, Ray Shell, Amy Faden, The Blak Sheep, Roy Gayle, Ruby Turner, Ruth, Sandi Russell, Simone Chapman, Tessa Niles, The Catch, The Sinceros, Tides of Deception, Wildflowers.