Jon Corbin is a Canadian musician, hip-hop & spoken word artist with lyrical themes of faith, love, family, social justice and personal growth. With 13 years of experience in music, Jon holds a wide range of talents including being a bassist, drummer, worship leader, poet, radio & podcast host, journalist, DJ and public speaker. Over the past 9 years he has performed as hip-hop artist The Runaway on stages big and small, providing a dynamic show that represents the basic tenets of hip-hop: peace, love, unity and having fun!
On Dec 1, 2012, I was asked to give a spoken word performance at the TedxWaterlooWomen conference. It was an absolutely amazing and inspiring day. I got to perform 3 pieces, including ‘Name From A Woman’ and a brand new piece called ‘A Story Tony Told.’
The Runaway is back with his latest release, Saturday Sonrise, a hip-hop collaborations project that is built like a 70s soul record. But the artist, known for infusing spoken word, folk and soul influences into his music, believes this is more than a soul record, it is soul refreshing. Produced byS1 (Strange Fruit Project), Saturday Sonrise sees The Runaway collaborating with several artists, all around one central theme – Saturday.
“While Sundays are often seen as the conventionally ‘spiritual’ day, I find Saturdays to be a great day to connect with God – whether it’s spending time with family, to performing music, to chillin’ with the homies. The day can be so spiritually refreshing and a reminder of the God’s desire for relationship with us.”
The project utilizes a recording method similar to classic soul records, with variety of mics and an emphasis on ‘one take’ recordings to capture a feeling over an extremely polished sound. The 10-track EP contains 14 features including theBREAX, Manchild, Relic, Elias, ILL Seer & Die-Rek.
1) Saturday Sonrise feat. Ruslan & Beleaf of theBREAX
2) Come Alive Intro (spoken word)
3) We Make Saturday Night Come Alive! feat. Manchild
4) Call to Me feat. Lady Blaise & Elias
5) Tonight’s the Night feat. Relic, Die-Rek & Sean Prominent
6) Day of Rest feat. ILL Seer & DJ Sean P
7) Grow Stronger Intro (spoken word by Clutch)
8) Grow Stronger feat. Soul Natural
9) Real Woman feat. Just Issac & reSEARCH
10) You Deserve
In April 2013, I took the stage at Queen’s Commons (Kitchener, ON) to play some tunes from my folk-hop EP Inspired. We had a blast opening for the talented Hamilton-based duo Ash & Bloom. Here, with Jon Moore on guitar and Jon Gortson on percussion – enjoy!
The Commons Block Party (Hamilton, ON)
Home Of Grace Care Centre Fundraiser (Burlington, ON)
Opening for Ash & Bloom @ Queen's Commons (Kitchener, ON)
Bring on the Sunshine, African Cultural Event (Kitchener, ON)
See contact page for past performances and information on how to book The Runaway