Jann Klose commemorates his dearly departed manager in an emotional lockdown-produced video

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.

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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.

BROADCAST MUSIC, INC. (BMI) HOSTED IT’S BMI SONG CAMP DURING THE 7TH ANNUAL MUSIC EXCHANGE (MEX17) ENTERTAINMENT INDABA

Between 4 and 8 September 2017, South Beach Camps Bay was the creative hub where seven of the world’s finest writing minds decamped to create pop genius.

Since 2016, Music Exchange, in partnership with BMI, has attracted some of the world’s top writing talent to The Mother City for the five-day emersion and creative boot camp.

This year’s event ran from 4 September through 8 September at South Beach Camps Bay which was the official start to the highly anticipated MEX17 gathering held at the Academy of Sound Engineering studio complex, in District 6, Cape Town on Saturday 9 and 10 September

This year’s highly guest writers include JANN KLOSE, from New York, a Grammy® nominated pop singer-songwriter. CHRISTIAN WRIGHT, from Abbey Road Studios, ALICIA MADISON, based in New York, is a successful singer/songwriter.

Columbian music producer and songwriter MARCELA ARCINIEGAS, TONY GRUND from New York as well as Multiple SAMA23 winner AMANDA BLACK and COLIN SHER.

Brandon Bakshi Executive Director Creative Europe & Asia at BMI, the global leader in rights management, returned to Cape Town as well “Our stretch goal this year is to have hit songs cut and broadcast in the United States.”

MARTIN MYERS ,RAZIA MYERS ,CASEY BARCLAY

JANN KLOSE ,ALICIA MADISON ,CHRISTIAN WRIGHT ,TONY GRUND

AMANDA BACK ,CHRISTAIN WRIGHT

AMANDA BLACK AND SOPHIA FOSTER

ALICIA MADISON ,JANN KLOSE ,TONY GRUND, MARCELIA ARCENGIAS, CHRISTIAN WRIGHT

JASON CURTIS ,WILLIAM MASEMOLA . CHARLIE HAMILTON

Mom and daughter Nyota Parker

Ameen Harron

James Stewart ,Andre Ensil ,Martin Myers

Tony Grund ,Brandon Bakshi ,Alicia Madison ,Jann Klose

Peter Smith and Ze Nobrega

Razia myers ,Anton Groenewald

Amanda Black ,Jann Klose ,Siphokazi Jonas ,Colin Sher

James Stewart ,Menno Visser

Bevan Trevor ,Brandon Bakshi

Martin Myers ,Christian Wright ,Casey Barclay ,Lisa

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