South African Jono Aggett delivers a winning combination of soulful vocals, memorable songs, and top production in his debut album Jesus Now. It's a sophisticated blend of pop/R&B/rock music that is sure to please fans of contemporary Christian artists such as Michael W. Smith, Bryan Duncan, Plus One, and Mark Schultz. Jono teamed with producer Eric Copeland and songwriter Mel Lester to create one of the strongest efforts you'll find on an independent label. Bio Jono was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, one of five sons of a medical doctor. His family currently lives in Somerset West, just outside Cape Town. Jono grew up in a Christian home, where Bible study and family prayer were part of the daily routine. He committed his life to the Lord during Sunday School at age nine, and was baptized at 15. He has always been active in the church, especially involved in various children's ministries, serving as Sunday School teacher and Christian camp counselor. He has also sung on numerous occasions during worship and other church functions. Jono attended the University of Stellenbosch in his native country, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Forestry. During this time, he was blessed with the opportunity to study at Virginia Tech as an exchange student for one year. After graduation, he returned to Virginia Tech to work on a master's degree in Forestry Economics. He completed this degree in November 2003. Music Background At age 14, Jono sang publicly for the first time as part of a church Christmas pageant. That experience served as a springboard for joining the school choir, then ultimately forming a couple of performing groups that sang at restaurants, weddings, church, and other local events. One original song received airplay on a local radio station. Upon arriving in the States, Jono was selected to be part of a vocal jazz ensemble supported by the Virginia Tech music department. He then joined Juxtaposition, an all-male a cappella group. While with Juxtaposition, the group placed in the top five in an international a cappella competetion in Graz, Austria. Jono was a regular soloist with the group, and participated in the recording of one of their four albums. He met songwriter Mel Lester at his church in 2001. The two discussed the possibility of recording a CD together and committed the project to prayer. After recording some demos and performing some of their music at church, they felt God was calling them to proceed. After an extensive search, they hired Eric Copeland to produce the project and the rest (as they say) is history. Latest News Jono recently moved to the Boston area to start both his career and music ministry. He is currently looking for bookings in the Northeast. If you'd like to have Jono sing at your church or other venue, please contact him at email@example.com. The Gospel Music Association selected 'The Wonder' from among over 400 entries as one of ten finalists in five genres in their regional song competition (it was one of two in the pop adult contemporary category). Winners were picked at the recent GMA Academy in Woodbridge, VA, which was attended by songwriter Mel Lester. It was quite a honor to make it to the finalist spot and good exposure among both peers and Christian music industry professionals in attendance.