Jon Regen

Remarkable. Infectious. Soulful. Just some of the words critics have used to describe Stop Time, the new album by singer, songwriter and pianist Jon Regen, out April 28, 2015 on Motéma Music.

Produced by Mitchell Froom (Crowded House, Paul McCartney), and featuring Davey Faragher and Pete Thomas from Elvis Costello’s band the Imposters, Stop Time finds Regen at the peak of his songwriting and pianistic powers, with ten original tunes that brim with humor and heart. Songs like “I Will Wait,” “Morning Papers” and “Stop Time” prove Regen a master of the sticky lyric and the penetrating piano hook, recalling the work of forebears like Billy Joel and Randy Newman while simultaneously showcasing Regen’s singular take on modern love. In the words of storied Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell, “Stop Time never stops pleasing the ears.

Along with Faragher on bass and Thomas on drums, Froom enlisted longtime Jackson Browne alum Val McCallum to play guitar on several tracks. Froom would also jump in front of the studio glass himself, playing a myriad of vintage keyboards on various album cuts. Recording began in September of 2014 at Froom’s studio in Los Angeles, California. Adding to the album’s “old school” aesthetic, Regen would sing all of his vocals into his recently-acquired 1957 Neumann U47 microphone that once belonged to John Lennon.

In 2011, Regen co-produced and released the album Revolution. Featuring contributions from Andy Summers, Benmont Tench from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty, the album received rave reviews the world over. Bloomberg and each awarded it “Four Stars,” and USA Today called the title track “bluesy and plucky.” The Philadelphia Inquirer pronounced Regen “a supremely accomplished pop artist,” and JazzTimes described his music “as potent as anything crafted by Sting.” Regen surprised listeners again in 2013 with the release of the instrumental album Change Your Mind, his collaboration with the renowned physician and meditation expert Dr. Mitch Gaynor. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts and took the top spot at iTunes and as well.

But for Regen, Stop Time cuts even closer to his core.

"For me, the new album is all about hope and home,” Regen says. “From the optimism of “I Will Wait,” to the reassuring refrain of “Run to Me,” to the realization in “Morning Papers” that what you already have is better than what you once pined for. In many ways, the album is a sort of love letter to my wife, who helped me realize that there is life beyond the breakup song!” (Regen’s May 2014 wedding was profiled in the Vows section of the New York Times). "It’s a heartfelt album, but it’s also a humorous one because living in New York City is always an adventure! I decided to call the album Stop Time, because it’s the song that started this whole wild ride in the first place. And maybe if we all could stop time once in a while, we would realize how much there already is to celebrate.”

“There’s a line in the last song on the album “These Are the Days” that says, “These little earthquakes are what hold us all together,” Regen continues. “I think that lyric sums up the journey perfectly for me. Sometimes when you least expect it, everything does come together. That is, if you work your tail off in the meantime!”