With just his acoustic guitar and Paul Gabrielson on bass, singer/songwriter Jonathan Kingham released six songs on a self-titled CD recorded at Pinto Productions in Burien, WA. He has a strong and passionate voice, which on "Calm of the Storm" resembles a male version of Tracy Chapman. "Li'l Cupajoe" is a cute play on words: "wrap my hands around you, warm my insides," comparing a lover to a cup of coffee, which on paper might not sound so profound, but it works wonderfully in song. "Modern Day Healer" is up-tempo and positive, showing the artistry this former navy man puts into his playing -- thoughtful strums with his lyrics dangling over the moments, very nicely done. He sometimes performs with Evan Brubaker and Christopher Williams in a folk ensemble called the Bixbys (formerly the Folk Monty), and the blend is perfect, but this debut is an opportunity to hear the artist isolated from the frills of overproduction or combining his talents with others. His photo inside the disc leaves the CD cover with a peaceful and solitary tree in a field and a barn falling apart, obscured by reeds on the back. "Place Called Home" calls him -- and his listeners -- to a small town, the music and the presentation far from the hustle and bustle of much of the music out there. "Whisper My Name" brings the album to a deep, introspective place of prayer, a thankful appreciation to a higher power for bringing someone special to his life. The Jonathan Kingman CD is a most impressive debut by a songwriter whose music will appeal to the fans of Livingston Taylor, Jonathan Edwards, and other important folk artists.
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AllMusic Review by Joe Viglione