Montreal’s John Jacob Magistery had a lot of momentum since their start. After the release of their first single “Greatest Story Ever’, their alt/folk EP ‘Narcissism Unto Loneliness’ helped them start turning heads. Their first single ever was voted in the top 30 songs by CHOM-FM radio listeners and several Djs from the station selected them as the top musical discovery of the year. The music video generated over 80,000 views on Youtube.
Since then, they have shared bills with The Barr Brothers, Daniel Lanois, Blue Rodeo, Aidan Knight, Lia Ices, the Struts (UK), Basia Bulat, Carseat Head Rest. They have been featured in CMW (Toronto), NXNE (Toronto), OSHEAGA, Pop Montreal, Festival YUL EAT, M for Montreal, Montréal en Lumière, Montreal Jazz Festival, OUMF Festival, City Folk Festival (Ottawa), and Folk on the Canal Fest.
After winning an international recording contest, JJM spent two weeks recording at the Grouse Lodge in Ireland (other notables who have recorded there include Michael Jackson, U2, REM, Snow Patrol, etc.). The result was their debut album ‘Phantom i / Are You Too Sensitive?’ (Passerine).
‘CAROL’ is the 1st single off JJM’s debut LP. The online music video for the single was premiered through Exclaim! magazine and the track received encouraging support from several radio stations throughout Canada. The album was successfully launched during JJM’s two consecutive sold-out shows at the 2016 Montreal Jazz Festival. The cover art of their album is currently being featured on all Collective Arts Brewery canned beer labels which are being distributed in Canada, U.S.A., Spain, and Australia.