“Blending folk-style storytelling with shimmering pop elements, Jonah Kagen is winning over the hearts of fans around the globe.” EARMILK
“It’s [Kagen’s] songwriting ability that is next to shine…” ONES TO WATCH
“Jonah is a natural onstage –overflowing charisma …we can’t get enough.” THE HONEY POP
Jonah Kagen releases his new single & cinematic music video “Barcelona” today via Arista Records. Jonah dives deep into his vulnerability in this uptempo heartbreak anthem with a 2022-bossa nova flare. It was produced and co-written by Michael Pollack (Maroon 5, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Bebe Rexha) and David Kingston.
Jonah adds, “This song is for anybody who’s had someone they care about move away. For me it was “Barcelona”, but I know the idea of wishing someone hadn’t gone to that place and hoping they would just come back is something many people can understand. Maybe listening to “Barcelona” will let you groove your pain away. Who knows. Give it a shot.”
“Barcelona” follows both “ Turbulence” and “Drowning,” which were released during Jonah’s month-long tour of the U.S. as the support for Maisie Peters.
The 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 fingerstyle 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.” “I saw people resonating with what I made,” Kagen recalls while remembering how “Broken” caught on, “and the feeling was so overwhelming and special.”
An exciting new voice bringing an undeniable energy and sincerity through his multifaceted sound, Jonah soon found himself inking a deal with Arista. Jonah has also released “Catching A Dream,” “Wish You Did,” and “Moon.” Further, he collaborated with Matoma for “Summer Feeling” which was praised by The Hidden Hits for “[whisking] us off our feet one verse at a time.”