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“When did you get so damn scared of your own voice?”

These words from Jonathan Fuller, singer, pianist, and songwriter, encapsulate the ethos behind his album When Did You Get So Damn Scared, released on November 17, 2023.

The 12 songs that comprise the album run the gamut from the personal (“Stepping Stone,” which chronicles an early adolescent same-sex crush and the dizzying heights and overwhelming lows it entailed) to the political (“Burn It Down,” a searing indictment of the rise of authoritarian strongmen around the world over the past decade), and each song is buoyed by the musical contributions of Dan Kleederman (guitar, additional production), Derek Swink (drums) and Dillon Garrett (bass). Though the album was recorded fully virtually, with each musician sending in their parts from their various homes, the result is still a warm, live sound.

Lyrically, these songs pull no punches.  “Do you remember when we roomed together that one summer/it was the only perk of being in the closet in 2003” (Stepping Stone) and “Keep the fundies entertained while you get another NDA signed for your mistress’s abortion” (Burn It Down) are just two lines that pushed Jonathan out of his lyrical comfort zone. “To be honest, the nice Midwestern boy in me was a little nervous getting these songs ready to be put out into the world, but that’s a sign that they’re songs worth hearing.”

Those who have been following Jonathan’s career over the past decade may have noticed a change in name for this album release. “When I was a kid, I absolutely hated when people shortened my name. I was Jonathan, and that was that. Fast forward to an early-adolescence move to another state and I decided to finally just let people do it so I could make friends in a new place — though I insisted on spelling it ‘Jon’ to wrest some sort of control from the situation. Taking back my whole name seemed to be an important thing for these songs, since they’re so close to the core of who I am.”

Jonathan’s previous two albums, The Art of Denial and Skipping Away from Dissonance (both released under Jon Fuller), received airplay on independent and college radio stations and were both featured on WVIA-FM’s end-of-year Best Of lists. Jonathan also was a 2020 Just Plain Folks first prize winner in the “Best Modern Rock Song” category for the song “Gathering Tide,” and his music was licensed for promotional materials for the Broadway show Peter and the Starcatcher.

track list

1. Voice

Featured instruments: electric guitar, piano

Genre: rock, pop

2. How Long

Featured instruments: piano, guitar

Genre: rock, pop

3. Stepping Stone

Featured instruments: piano, guitar

Genre: singer-songwriter, pop, folk

4. Not in My Name

Featured instruments: acoustic guitar, piano

Genre: rock, pop

5. Thought We Could Make It

Featured instruments: piano

Genre: singer-songwriter, pop, rock

6. Center of Gravity

Featured instruments: electric guitar, piano

Genre: rock, alternative

7. Gonna Have Fun Today

Featured instruments: Wurlitzer, piano

Genre: cabaret, singer-songwriter

8. Lie Yourself to Sleep

Featured instruments: guitar, piano

Genre: singer-songwriter, rock

9. Coffee Again

Featured instruments: Wurlitzer, Hammond organ

Genre: singer-songwriter, alternative

10. Burn It Down

Featured instruments: electric guitar, piano

Genre: rock

11. The Glow

Featured instruments: piano

Genre: singer-songwriter, ballad

12. I'm

Featured instruments: piano, guitar

Genre: singer-songwriter, rock


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Stepping Stone
Gonna Have Fun Today
Burn It Down

hi-res photos

all photos by Anna Azarov



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