Jon is originally from Bakersfield California and he graduated from Highland High School in 1991. After high school, Jon attended several universities and ended up in Oklahoma. While in Oklahoma, he signed a professional baseball player contract. He played professional baseball for 8 years under organizations such as Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Taiwan Major Leagues. While playing baseball, Jon bought his first guitar (D-15 Martin acoustic). He didn't know how to read music, so he taught himself how to play. He wrote and composed some songs inspired by relationships, partying while playing baseball and life in general. In 2001, Jon retired from baseball and ended up in Modesto, California, where he began bartending. Late nights while the bar was closing he played some cover songs and worked on his own material. This is where he met his future wife, Leah. They moved to Turlock, a small town 20 minutes south of Modesto. In January 2005, Jon and his wife had triplet boys. Jon became a stay-at-home father and spent his “free” time writing more songs. In February 2006, Jon’s wife suggested he try playing his music professionally. He auditioned for a well known live music venue, The Speakeasy Lounge, and he received his first gig the following week. Since then, he has played in over 50 venues amassing more than 140 shows. Fans have described his voice as “soothing with a harshness to it that hits your soul”. It has also been said that when he sings, "he sings with his heart all out and exposed”. He has played regional shows from the Bay Area to the Central Valley. In October 2007, Jon won The Modesto Area Music Association award for the “Best Unplugged (Acoustic/Americana)” category. He has been showcased on the Clear Channel radio station FM 93.1 (B93) and has played in musical events such as X-Fest and the Modesto Art & Wine Festival. On November 17th, 2007, at The Fat Cat Music House & Lounge, Jon released his debut full length album, “Grin & Bury It”. The following is one of the many great reviews Jon’s album has received: “Emotional. That one word captures ‘Grin and Bury It,’ the freshman release from Turlock’s own Jon Valenti. That one word says a great deal about the music on this release. But when I say emotional, I don’t mean just sadness. Sure, songs like ‘Blue’ and ‘Three Days Ago’ will ravage through you like a hurricane if you have just gone through a break up, but other tracks such as ‘Prom Queen’ and ‘21’ will pick you up and make you laugh, dance and feel alive. This is more than a musical release. This is an ex-pro ball player smashing a home run right through center field and into stands full of new fans. This is Valenti’s life wrapped in plastic and served up on a silver platter full of music. This is Valenti’s whole heart laid out for our listening pleasure. Congratulations Jon! Listening to this was my pleasure!” -Motown Mojo Editor/Chief Columnist www.modestofamous.com In January 2008, Jon will begin a California Border’s Tour, which will include over 15 Border’s locations. He is set to begin his sophomore project late in 2008.

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Texas Willie

3/25/2008 6:38:35 PM
Hi Jon,

The Awards Broadcast is a webcast radio show. The broadcast is scheduled for April 6th. The exact time and details will be announced on the Pipeline. You can find the pipeline on the IAC front page.

It is the place where everyone interacts with the other artists on the site and where you will find announcements, etc.

HTH

TW




Texas Willie

3/22/2008 6:11:16 AM
Congratulations on your Golden Kayak Nomination!

Good Luck and I will see you at the Awards Broadcast!

TW




JOHN FRY

12/7/2007 11:03:54 AM
great bio and songs. I enjoyed both. Great voice,keep it up Jon.



FUJI MINX

12/5/2007 9:04:00 PM
Hey valenti, What's up?


 

       

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Johannes Hi Jon - I'm running several stations, and finally could fit you in ( Father Two Tooth - station brandnew ). Good luck.
Franck I am pleased to add your heartful song on my Station.May God bless your triplet boys.
Brian Booth/Serendipity Hi Jon - you asked for feedback on Caress - have a look on your shoutbox above this message, or click the link on my name here
Johannes Hey Jon - sorry I deleted Father Two Tooth, I wasn't satisfied. I fitted you in on the Hunchback, IAC station no.27. Good luck!
Brian Booth/Serendipity Hello - this is a new station, in which I'm asking artists who've been on serendipity stations to nominate one of their songs, new or old, for inclusion, with a brief review of what you like about it. Hope you can join in
Brian (again, different Now we are ten.. please follow this new link, I've been a bit blown away by the response
brian (finally) Thanks Jon - I got a lot of that at school. When are we going to hear more from you?
brian (again) That's great news, please keep me posted
Johannes Hi, I play you on one or more of my stations. Put up a Troubled Minds Charts. Please suggest one of your own or one coming from a fellow artist. Please - troubled minds only!! Peace - Johannes.
Johannes Hey Jon - great song ofcourse, I got it.
Toubled Minds II Hi, you're on Troubled Minds I. For the sequel I would like to invite to request a fellow artist - please give a clear COMMENT as to WHY this song. Just another opportunity to support beautiful music. Peace then - Johannes.
Troubled Minds II Hi - on your request I added David Hosking to Troubled Minds II. J.
David Hosking Hi John, Thank's for speaking up for my music. Good onya with your songs too.
Johannes Hi - I manned a lighthouse. Please request one on the idea ( and leave a comment as to why this one! ). Peace, J.
The Lighthousekeeper Hi Jon - If you have the courage to take your songs away, you deserve a place over here. Peace - Johannes.
Breithablik ( Hall One ) Hi - I reserved for you a Chair of Honour over here, hope you like it. Peace upon you, J.
Brian Jon - why didn't you tell me you'd posted new songs?
brian (again) Thanks for the invite to your home page - guestbook duly signed..
brian (finally) re my last shoutbox messages on my home page - sorry, didn't mean to sound like a schoolteacher, it's dealing with student nurses is the best excuse I can offer
brian (really finally) ...can't even provide a proper link... duh...
Brian (sleep deprived) ...I meant this... I hope...
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