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Changes by Jonathan Burkett

 Ralph White July 8, 2018

Changes, by hip-hop/R&B artist Jonathan Burkett, is a down tempo, slow burning quiet storm. It opens with a solitary grand piano on which root position and inverted triadic chords are played, spaced apart and sustained by a single beat, as both male and female vocalist vamp atop of them. The male vocalist is Jonathan Burkett, and the female vocalist goes by the name of Polancapop. As the two of them weave about to form an improvised tapestry Polancapop eventually steps into the spotlight to deliver the song’s simple chorus, “Everything Changes/Let go and give it a try/Don’t let your life pass you by.


Now, flanked by bass and drums, Burkett takes over with the first verse of song, “Yeah now life’s about change/God made the way/I had to open my eyes/So I could see a new life/I had to much on my mind/But now I’m here today/To put my all on the grind/ Without my life on the line/Feeling that drive to be/Ahead of the league/Without doing no time/Cause I ain’t ready to die/I got that passion in me/To be all I can be/Cause in this life we live/I wanna be free”. To add muscle to the message he multi-tracks his voice in unison to the lead vocals. This creates a rather nice contrast to Polancapop’s harmonized stacked thirds on the choruses of Changes.

I like the way in the second chorus that in addition to the block triads on the grand piano, what sound like an electric piano plays arpeggios in counterpoint to these chords. The overall effect is it serves to lend a subtle texture to the composition. This is important because the subject matter Jonathan Burkett is dealing with here tends to be a bit weighty. Yet he manages to prevent the general tenor of Changes from falling into dirge like valleys as he takes the mood to a more inspirational level where it can stand upon the peaks of the message he humbly offers here within. The result is nearly a Deus ex machina moment which becomes a welcomed epiphany by the time we reach the end of this track.

Some personal background I discovered about this artist is that he came from a broken home and was abused as a child. Home life became so unstable that he ran away from home and lived homelessly on the Miami and Ft. Lauderdale streets. If that in itself wasn’t enough of a burden to bear he was plagued by health problem so severe that he suffered a brain aneurysm while still only in his early teens. This conditioned was worsened due to the fact that it was temporarily inoperable because of his young age and frail state of health at the time. It wasn’t until he was almost twenty years old that doctors felt it was relatively safe to operate.

Jonathan Burkett ( credits his faith and his music as what kept him going on through those hard times. Now, years later, these are the two gifts he seeks to share with those around him. Changes (Upstormed Records) is an embodiment of the trials and tribulations Burkett has endured as he persevered through a tough life. He’s living proof to what Friedrich Nietzsche once so famously stated in his 1888 Twilight of the Gods, “What does not kill me, makes me stronger”.

Posted July 10, 2018 by Jonathan Burkett in Music Artist

Changes” Release From Jonathan Burkett Inspires   Leave a comment

Changes” Release From Jonathan Burkett Inspires

Born in Florida and raised in Jamaica Hip-Hop and R&B artist Jonathan Burkett knows nothing remains the same and that’s what “Changes” (featuring Polancapop) is all about. This style of music is vibrant and positive with an inspirational message of love to all who will listen. And what everyone knows more than ever is that what the world needs now is love, so to do so, changes must be made one day at a time by one soul at a time.

Beginning his life in Florida in an abusive household Jonathan Burkett learned early on that love was not a guarantee for any child. In an effort to protect him his grandparents brought him to live with them in Jamaica. Eventually his parents forced his return to America, but his life with them was again far from good. This led the young boy to taking to and living on the streets of Miami and Fort Lauderdale as a way to escape them. After enduring this mental and physical torment he suffered a brain aneurysm at the age of 13. Doctors would not operate because of his age, so it wasn’t until he turned 19 that the invasive surgery could be performed.

Over the years Burkett turned to music as a form of therapy to help him cope with the turmoil he was surrounded with. From the reggae music of the legendary Bob Marley to the work of hip-hop icons such as 2Pac and Naz he found solace from the personal storms which life had cast him. Emulating the art forms of these early heroes he too began writing and performing songs. This would eventually pave the way to many recording sessions and “Changes” would be the result.

“Changes” has just been released. Jonathan Burkett and his label, Upstormed Records, have been working nonstop to launch his career. A North American radio and press campaign to promote and market his music is in progress. Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop radio stations will be serviced with the single beginning this week, as will top publications and select music blogs. His press kit will be provided upon request to all members of the media by contacting the representative listed below. Details regarding a promo tour will follow soon and he is will be available for interviews and/or appearances on the stops along the way. Additional news and updated information about upcoming events may also be found on his website:

Posted July 1, 2018 by Jonathan Burkett in Music Artist

‘Changes Feat. Polancapop’ By Jonathan Burkett is a Bouncy Hip Hop & Rap Track   2 comments

Jonathan Burkett’s latest single ‘Changes Feat. Polancapop’ takes hip hop & rap to another level. His music track is already viral and streaming on the gala.

Jonathan Burkett – ‘Changes’

MIAMIJune 30, 2018PRLog — Upcoming artist Jonathan Burkett launches his brand new single ‘Changes Feat. Polancapop’ which showcase his talents and skills as a song writer and a performer. Apart from dropping great musical pieces for his fans, he tells a story through his music which his fans can not only come to accept and embrace, but also connect with. This artist from Florida, United States has his own production house Upstormed Records. His positive and vibrant musicality is grabbing the attention of a lot of people. This spectacular artist aims to reach beyond the conventions of mainstream music and challenge the indie circuit and the commerciality in the music industry.

Jonathan Burkett’s latest track’Changes Feat. Polancapop’ feels like a modern day release but it quickly develops into a quirky fusion of styles and genres that stay true to the artist’s own way with music. This track showcases an electrifying musical backdrop with the flawless vocal performance which has an unbelievable level of delicacy. When it comes to lyricism, this track is very honest and open, equally dealing with the matters related to the heart and mind.

The title as well as most of the content of this track brings together modern language and poetic artistry in a casual but emotional manner. Eclecticism runs freely in this musical masterpiece and you get to have an understanding of the mindset of the artist and what his music represents for him. This track has a seductive and dark ambience and a very captivating rhythm. The leading voice of the artist presents different sides of character and individuality behind them. The switch from the impactful and theatrical rap verses to the gripping hooks and snares help to keep things interesting.

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Posted July 1, 2018 by Jonathan Burkett in Music Artist

‘Changes’ by Jonathon Burkett will turn your uninteresting day into a great one   Leave a comment

Music is like therapy and it can bring a smile to a child’s face and bring joy to a mother in pain. It can do wonder with all. With today’s fast-paced life, it is too hectic for anyone to stay calm. It is the time when you should hear great kind of music. The music by Jonathon Burkett will actually make you feel wonderful. The stunning kind of musical equipment used and determination with which the song “Changes” is made will lift up your mind. If you really want to hear his music you must go to SoundCloud. The element of hip-hop is highly present that will remain with you.

Jonathon Burkett is a resident of Miamar and wants to make his song reach hearts of every soul. His song is sensitive, pleasant and creative. The super kind of technology used and the deep penetrative song is great for all soul out there. If you are going through constant worry in life and want to have a change, you must hear the song “Changes”. It is now on your favorite site SoundCloud.

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If you are an ardent lover of hip hop music and also find R&B genre as soul searching music, listen to the motivational compositions of Jonathan Burkett. The Miramar Based artist make beats for his people and want to give a refined identity to his individual brand because he truly deserves it. The track “Changes” is an exemplary composition of Jonathan Burkett that is now available for streaming on soundCloud. Hip hop and rap music lovers listen to this track and feel the inspirational attributes of the most vibrant genre under the sun.

Jonathan Burkett is a star today. But he has experienced many tuff situations in his life time. Be it undergoing physical ailments or not getting a mother’s love, Jonathan has a strong soul today because he has been through negligence, tuff situations and isolation. Besides being an expert musician, rapper and lyricist, he has penned down a book titled “Neglected but Undefeated”, an autobiography that gives a better glimpse of him. In terms of music he weaves each of his music pieces by pouring his soul and bringing together the essential elements of good lyrics and heart touching music. Some of his very popular tracks are “One Life” Feat Ambelique, “Crush on You” Feat Mykul Leeric and also more. Jonathan has worked with many artists and producers and also looks forward to expand his collaborations while releasing more of his tracks in the near future. All of his tracks reveal his struggle, passion and dedication to make his music an exemplary one.

The track “Changes” is one of the best compositions of Jonathan Burkett that features Polancapop. The track uses classic hip hop elements and conscious rapping lyrics that bridge a connection between the artist and listener. This inspirational track fuses R&B hooks that add an extra star to the track.

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Posted March 30, 2018 by Jonathan Burkett in Music Artist

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Jonathan Burkett was born February 1, 1987. He is a bright writer inspired by many, as he continues to survive the struggles that we all sometimes face in life. Devoted for achievement in his lifetime, he is willing to take any test. He told himself, that he would never give up no matter the trials and tribulations. He decided to write to help him move towards a bright future for himself; and because he knows that s what his Grandparents want for him.

Learning now that life is a challenge for many, with trials, tribulations, brutality, hatred, along with grief and manipulation. Jonathan is writing now to release his thoughts about life, after being motivated, inspired to prosper, encouraged to tolerate, uplifted, and empowered from his past.

Abandoned and neglected as a child, Jonathan Burkett is used to facing up to any challenge. He even underwent a potentially life-threatening surgery in 2005, only to wake up more motivated and energetic than ever. He already has not only a promising rap career behind him – but also a successful book, telling the story of his difficult childhood (if you’ve missed it, go and find “Neglected but Undefeated: The life of a Boy who never knew a mother’s love” right now!). Having suffered from neglect, beatings, a mental breakdown, seizures and hallucinations, a brain disorder and a surgery, Jonathan Burkett emerged in 2005 stronger and more motivated than ever – a true inspiration to every one of us.

His journey towards love and acceptance continues today through his music. As an music artist, Jonathan knows the importance of hard work and motivation, and creates strong and powerful songs, full of energy, vibrancy and deep meanings. His positive style reflects his personality and the catchy tunes will most certainly stuck in your head for days. He’s set to achieve the difficult task of designing music that challenges both indie and commercial musical brands – and we are more than certain he’ll be just as successful in this as in everything else!

A talented writer – both in prose and poetry – Jonathan is a musician, whose name you’ll be hearing soon for certain. His music is not simply entertainment, but bears deep personal meaning that reflects the challenges he’s been facing his entire life – a story of a life-journey, which inspires, intrigues and beguiles.

Posted March 16, 2018 by Jonathan Burkett in Music Artist

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Neglected But Undefeated   Leave a comment


Everyone who has tried can tell you, it’s not easy task to make it in the music industry. This especially seems to be true in the hip-hop industry.

Nevertheless, there are millions of people out there looking for their big break and be heard by the masses. South Florida’s own Jonathan Burkett is one of these individuals who has been making moves on the underground circuit and making a name for himself.

“I’m committed to the music game, not just to entertain but to share my story and inspire,” said Jonathan. “So, I just decided to let my artist name be my real name, because it’s going to be straight facts that I will be sharing with the world.”

Life was no crystal stair for Jonathan. His birth was the result of his mother’s rape at the hands of a man she was dating. Because of this fact, Jonathan feels that his mother always despised him. She was so disgusted with the thought of raising a child she did not plan on having that she sent him off to Jamaica to be raised by his grandparents until the age of six. That all changed when representatives from the U.S. came to take him back. “Some US people came to Jamaica said to me, I’ve been down there too long, I’m suppose to be in America, but family in Jamaica wouldn’t let them take me,” he remembered. “They were like that over their dead body. So I guess they went back to Jamaica and told my mother that she had to come and get me, else she will get in trouble.”

Jonathan’s step-father ultimately came down to Jamaica to bring him back to America. Jonathan was brought to Broward County, but his mother still had no interest in raising him. He ended up living with one of his mother’s friends, who he thought was his real mother. He would eventually move back in with his mother, who was verbally, emotionally and physically abusive. This caused Jonathan to get into trouble as a youth. “I had a lot of anger in me,” he said of the results of his mother’s parenting. “Most people that got a lot of anger end up taking out their anger on other people outside the house.”

However, Jonathan did take a liking to sports, choosing football and boxing as his life pursuits. “I started off weight training, lifting weights, push ups and everything, especially since I had a lot of anger holding inside and stuff,” he reflected. “I loved to fight. I was always fighting with friends. Got in trouble here and there; that’s what made me feel better.”

Life took another downward turn when Jonathan’s mother and stepfather divorcing when he was 14-years-old. After that happened, Jonathan was kicked out of the house and forced to live on the streets, fending for himself. “I was living from friend’s house to friend’s house,” he recalled.

“You know, it’s like whenever like my friends’ parents would go to bed, my homeboys would let me in the house, I’d take a shower, I’d sleep inside their room or have to make sure before they parents get up in the morning, I left the house.”

This period of Jonathan’s life also caused him to come into contact with the police while running the streets. When the cops would pick him up, they’d take him back to his mother who would promptly kick him back out. She eventually would bring charges against Jonathan, which were eventually dropped. The state ordered him and his mom to go to family therapy. Urged by a psychiatrist, Jonathan asked his mother if she loved him. She responded by saying that she hated him and wanted him to hurry up and die. Soon after, Jonathan started experiencing seizures. He ended up having a blood vessel burst in his head due to an aneurysm. After the blood vessel healed, a tumor developed on Jonathan’s brain. By the time he was 16, doctors told him he needed surgery, but his mother refused to cooperate, so he had to wait until he was 18, so he could get it done himself. Up until then, Jonathan would continue to get in trouble in the street, blacking out at times, due to his condition. Friends would even start calling him “Crazy John” because of the things he was doing. He would even end up doing a stretch in jail before the surgery.

Before the surgery, due to the severity of his health problems, Jonathan’s dreams of being a professional athlete were dashed. Feeling hopeless, he told people that he just wanted to die because the seizures wouldn’t stop. After having the surgery, Jonathan’s time in the hospital was transformative. At the behest of nurses and psychiatrists, he started writing. Inspired by Tupac, Nas, Bone Thugs N’ Harmony, Jay-Z and Scarface, he began writing poetry.

When he was let out of the hospital, he could not find another job due to his criminal record and health problems. “I was just sitting on the street for like a week or two, just thinking. I can’t even get a freaking job. How am I going to do this? How am I going to do that,” he said. “I don’t got no family. I only got home boys but most of my homeboys are dying, getting locked up, stealing, robbing and trafficking to survive.”

Eventually, he landed a job at a hotel. He continued writing. He wrote his story and more poetry. He got into self-publishing and published several books. However, due to the fact that he did not know how to properly market his work, he started focusing more on music, which he saw as a pipe dream. “I looked at becoming a music artist, as like I said a dream.,” he said. “Only people lucky in life make it in the music industry because that’s the big industry right there. You got to be real talented and know the right people.”

Jonathan has been fortunate enough to be plugged in with a few notable producers. Thanks to a female companion, he was introduced to Troyton Rami (composer of Sean Paul’s smash hit “Gimme Da Light”) and veteran reggae producer/songwriter Willi Lindo. He released his first track, “Changes,” as a result of making such connections. “Changes is a story about life; how we all go through struggles and at the end of the day, you show yourself as a real person, a real man, a woman and you were able to make it through and never give up,” he said.

Jonathan has more music on the horizon, as well as plans to re-release his books, when he gains more traction. He had some words of encouragement for anyone looking for inspiration:

“My encouragement to people is always keep your head up, don’t take nothing for granted. Keep inspiring yourself. Be there for one another. It doesn’t matter if you have a certain health condition, don’t let it hold you down. You might not have certain opportunities in front of you right away, but if you know you want to become something or achieve that goal, sometimes it take steps, sometimes it takes years, but long as you keep your head up, and never give up, opportunities will come. Stay in school, learn, be social because you never know who you might get to know. You never know, just never give up in life. Just keep your head up. Don’t live a life looking back. Life is a journey. The more you go through in life, the stronger you become, the more you learn. If you don’t learn from it, you don’t get nowhere in it.”

Posted March 14, 2018 by Jonathan Burkett in Autobiography, Interview, Music Artist, Story

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