JANN KLOSE is an award-winning* pop singer-songwriter, who has released six albums and two EPs. Klose was raised in Kenya, South Africa, Germany and the United States. His latest single “Love You the Most” is part of the soundtrack for the movie “Married Young” and has been streamed over 1.3 Million times on YouTube and Spotify alone. Jann is an ambassador for Desmond Tutu’s TutuDesk campaign. He is the singing voice of Tim Buckley in the movie “Greetings from Tim Buckley” (Universal). His songs have been heard on the Grammy® nominated “Healthy Food For Thought” compilation, charted in the Billboard Top 10 compilation “Action Moves People United” as well as MTV Cribs and movies “Dead Broke” (Warner Bros) featuring Paul Sorvino and “One Little Finger” alongside Quincy Jones, Siedah Garrett and Julian Lennon. He has performed as an actor and singer in touring companies of Broadway musicals, including “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Jekyll and Hyde,” and “The Who’s Tommy” as well as made for TV movies, voice overs and commercials.
We’re happy to welcome Jann back to the ACMA!
His latest studio album IN TANDEM is out now via Gallo/Sheer in Africa and SONY/The Orchard elsewhere. The record features collaborations with Annie Haslam (Renaissance), Peter Gabriel, Karen Zoid, Tamara Dey, RJ Benjamin and a who’s who of South African artists and session players. Tracks from the album are charting worldwide and streaming numbers are in the hundreds of thousands. Jann tours year round in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia and has opened for and collaborated with a wide range of artists including Pat Benatar, John Oates of Hall and Oates, Suzanne Vega, The Yardbirds and founder Jim McCarty, Rosanne Cash, Paula Cole, Brett Dennen, Shekhinah, Carrie Newcomer, Alicia Madison, Ann Hampton Callaway and sister Liz Callaway, The Byrds’ Roger McGuinn, Gary Lucas, Jeffrey Gaines, Elliott Murphy, Rusted Root, Pete Seeger and Les Paul.
*Recipient of 4 Independent Music Awards, Grammy® nomination “Healthy Food For Thought” compilation.
Robert Bidney opens for Jann
Robert Bidney is a singer songwriter whose message is as strong as his melodies. His music is relatable and has a strong commercial sensibility.
He has been writing songs for most of his life. To support his family, he worked in the advertising world, but pursued his passion of writing songs with meaning. Those songs define him and reveal his soul.
Over the years, his songs have been covered by an eclectic group of artists around the world, but his dream was to produce an album of his own. That dream came true with the release of “It’s All About the Love” in July 2015.
The record examines the universal themes of life. Music News Nashville wrote “His is a strong, new voice on the indie album scene that’s been a long-time coming.”
The South Florida Sun Sentinel wrote that the album is ”an eclectic collection of universal meditations on love, harmony and the things that threaten them, told in a confidently unadorned lyrical style that only an experienced songwriter would attempt.”
Bidney’s second album “Rush of Hope”, released in May 2019, addresses universal themes through a lens of optimism. With its message of love instead of hate, the music resonates in today’s social climate.
A seasoned performer, Bidney connects with his audiences through his infectious energy and emotional performances.
His creativity and commercial awareness merged while working in advertising agencies, where he wrote and produced a number of national radio and TV jingles for clients and worked closely with many top musicians, producers and songwriters throughout the U.S. and Canada.
An active member of the Americana Community Music Association, Bidney lives in Southwest Florida and continues to write songs close to his heart.