The Kennedy Center

Jon Carroll


Native Washingtonian Jon Carroll is a veteran singer, writer, performer, producer, arranger, and educator, as well as a Grammy & Wammie winning recording artist. His solo release, Love Returns, won seven Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) awards including Album of the Year, Song of the Year (for “Paint That Dollar”), Musician of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year. The follow-up live two-CD concert recording, Jon Carroll & Love Returns--Live at the Barns at Wolf Trap was released in 2008. Carroll and the album received awards for Songwriter of the Year, Pop Rock Recording, Pop Rock Vocalist, Pop Rock Duo/Group, Pop Rock Instrumentalist, and Musician of the Year.

Jon began his musical career right out of high school with Starland Vocal Band, who received a Best New Artist Grammy with their #1 record, Afternoon Delight. Jon’s arrangement also won the Grammy for Best Arrangement for Voices. Jon and the group were nominated for five Grammies that year. The group recorded five albums as Starland Vocal Band and are proud members of the WAMA Hall of Fame.

At the first WAMA awards in 1985, Jon won the Songwriter Wammie for his song “Get Closer,” which was made a pop hit by Linda Ronstadt. Jon has written songs that have been recorded by Linda Ronstadt, Tom Jones, and Kenny Rogers. He has been the long-time keyboardist and vocalist with Wammie and Grammy winner Mary Chapin Carpenter, and numerous other artists such as Rodney Crowell, Peter Wolf, Eric Lindell, Gary Nicholson, and the Dixie Chicks. Carroll is most proud to be a bandmate, session player, and mainstay assisting varied Washington, DC-area artists throughout the years and still today.

When surveying production requirements and possibilities, Jon--a versatile vocalist--chooses always to approach the music "song first."

For American Voices, Jon will be joined by percussionist/vocalist Eddie Hartness from longtime DC fave group Eddie from Ohio.

Watch Past Performances

Video 11/24/2013: Erin Driscoll / Jon Carroll

As part of the Kennedy Center festival American Voices, hosted by Renée Fleming, the Millennium Stage presents an offering of musical theater numbers performed by D.C. actress and singer Erin Driscoll and a performance by singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Jon Carroll, whose accolades include a Grammy for his arrangement of the 1976 hit “Afternoon Delight.”

Jon Carroll