Jon committed to write and record a “few songs” about the Early Quakers for his Senior project at Guilford College. Little did he know that, beginning with just a one hour interview with Max Carter, the project would morph into the sweeping storysong project that it became… inspired by Sufjan Steven’s Illinois
, Jon delved into the stories of the Early Quakers and emerged with choirs, soaring strings and epic piano compositions.
The project not only became Jon’s masterpiece opus to date, but it changed his life. The following year he moved to the Pendle Hill Quaker Retreat Center and recorded The Art of Fully Being, committing himself to creating Spirit-led music and following in a tradition of Quaker ministry that dates back to the 1650’s.
Read Quaker Professor Max Carter’s reflections on the project here.