There are a handful of qualified musical examples that best illustrate arresting melody, matched only by complementary visuals that lands their entertainment and message intent, beautifully – “Pilot Light” is one such statement.
Written in the midst of a breakup “Pilot Light”, produced by David Schoenwetter and Jann in the former’s Manhattan studio in early 2020, hits the listener squarely in the aural solar plexus, in a very, very good way. Add a visual document to support the lyrical investment and what’s where the heartfelt investment lands.
Dedicated to the untimely passing of Jann’s much respected and very much-loved manager of lauded Big Management-fame, Gary Salzman, due to Covid-19, “Pilot Light’s” sentiment rings true to the message of overcoming adversity and rising to the challenge of a day yet to be documented and celebrated for very different reasons than originally envisaged.
The singer/songwriter channels all of his creative ingenuity into a track that’s filled with universal appeal and immediacy sure to resonate with an audience grappling with finding meaning behind life’s biggest emotional challenges.
Pop/rock needs a lift, something to resuscitate the current lethargy that abounds, and Jann Klose is offering some cathartic bliss in the form of strings, melodic teasing and acoustic transformation.
As to what separate Jann’s “Pilot Light”, along with his rich and critically acclaimed archive of hit-making records, sit tight and pay genuine attention. “My songs have been heard on Grammy® nominated, Billboard Top 10 charting compilations,” Jann points out. “I am the singing voice of Tim Buckley in the Universal feature film Greetings from Tim Buckley, and my songs have been streamed over two million times in the last year on Spotify, YouTube and Apple Music.”
Jann’s most recent album, In Tandem, features collaborations with some of South Africa’s most eminent artists.
He’s also opened and performed for a wide variety of artists, including John Oates (Hall and Oates), Pat Benatar and Suzanne Vega. “As a singer/actor, I have performed in Broadway shows The Who’s Tommy, Jekyll & Hyde and Jesus Christ Superstar,” Klose shares.
There is no time more prescient than now for a track the calibre of “Pilot Light” to guide the way. If ever there was a moment when human emotion and authenticity is lacking, this track shines the light on our collective vulnerability, all while celebrating our resilience to overcome the very worst that life throws at us.
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