October 28th, 2022 — Today, Jonah Kagen releases his new single & music video, “graveyard shift,” via Arista Records. Alongside the release of “graveyard shift,” Jonah is also announcing his debut EP, out December 2nd.
On “graveyard shift,” Jonah pairs his signature indie-folk sound with fervent lyrics that tug on heartstrings: “there’s a sorrow in your soul that I recognize / I’ve been followed by the same ghost for all my life / darling I hate to see you cry like this / no matter how dark it gets / I’ll take the graveyard shift.” The single was co-written with Mags Duval (Nessa Barrett, Lyn Lapid, Eric Nam) and co-written/produced by Joe Janiak (Ellie Goulding, Tove Lo, Britney Spears).
Jonah adds,"'graveyard shift' came out of one of the wildest days of my life. The song didn’t come until I truly let go—I stopped trying to write a song and just let the world show me what it wanted to, and an incredibly special story appeared. I really think you can feel the sentiment of 'letting go' in the song, and I hope you love it as much as I do."
“graveyard shift” follows “hill that I’ll die on,” “Barcelona,” “ Turbulence,” and “Drowning,” the latter of which was released during Jonah’s month-long tour of the U.S. as the support for Maisie Peters.
22-year-old Jonah Kagen grew up in Savannah, Georgia and took up guitar at the age of six, diving deep into the instrument’s technical aspects after his jazz musician grandfather showed him performance videos. He further found inspiration in the music of guitarist Andy McKee, whose finger-style technique lit a creative fire within. “He opened my eyes to what an acoustic guitar could be,” he recalls, as he dove deeper into creating music on his own. “If you can bring somebody something with your music that they can’t get anywhere else, there’s nothing better than that.”
While attending college, his sister encouraged him to post his music on social media and he garnered early success as a TikTok sensation with the release of his debut single “Broken.” An exciting new voice bringing an undeniable energy and sincerity through his multifaceted sound, Jonah has already cut impressive figures with over 100 million global streams across his catalog.
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