The following people contributed to my crowdfunding campaign and helped me fund my upcoming album SOUND MIND. Thank you
Johanna Lehesvuori, Mervi Huhtinen, Jatta Pirinen, Vesa Makkonen, Riikka Nieminen, Anna-Katarina Kokko, Samu Laiho, Ulla & Juha Lehtinen, Dean Pattrick, Lauri Salmi, John Candland, Kristen Stoddard, Anniina Karjalainen, Verdi Tanrierdi, Kevin Lindley, Ben Christensen, Emily Braegger, Isabell Junkkari, Ruska Still, Matthieu Culp, Donald Urness, Louise Foss, Johan Roms, Sari Lukkarinen, Santa Strauta, Lana Wimmer, Esko Lehtinen, Jani Maljanen, Katja Ludwig, Arto Korkeamäki, Tisha Klemetz, Jerry Christensen, Alice Christensen, YC Felin, Mika Lehtimäki, Tapani Rauha, Kody Little, Dallin Olaveson, Joi Noir, Maria Lontai, Juha Pirinen, Jaana Puhakka, Reijo Suihko, Jonna Kauppinen, Markku Käyhkö, Lotta Mönkäre, Heidi Leino, Noora & Lasse Holopainen, Sigurd Haug, Maija Lehtinen, Jake Aalto, Elina Suonmaa, Sami Lehvonen, Katarina Möllerström, Paul Gerrits, Margarita Virsu, Kaisa Pesonen, Diana Tulea, Brandon Elwood, Henry Himanen, Heini Alsio, Davin Abegg, Urho Pirinen, Heli Ritola, Corey Christensen, Laura England, Päivi Turtiainen-Laakkonen, Kirsti Kukkonen, Everton Prado, Anne Andersen, Antti Kanes, Harri Myllylä, Jose M.Luque, Joshua Lockhart, Kaija Hlinovski, Hannele & Risto Valtasaari, Matt Crawford, Heli Järvelin, Vanessa Jones, Jonathan Welch, Tommi Tapola, Ari Pulli, Jason Barnes, Lauri Jokinen, Jon Stansell, Maria & Fredrik Malmsten, Camilla Wallgren, Assi Ilona, Camille Richey, Leo Mustonen, Unni Pulliainen, Juha-Matti & Jenni Laasonen, Mari Alakoski, Kevin Black, Johan Ekblad, Mari Ihanus, Heidi Roschier, Timothy Butler, Johanna & Erkki Kuoppala, Anu Kotonen, Sara Sissay, Maria Käyhkö, Janna & Pete Jalovaara, Annukka Heinämäki, Liisa Tuominen, Linda Iswariah, Nikki Forova, Essi Hoppari, Robert Blomberg, Otso Havu, Krissy Kendrick, Pekka Lampila, Jeralee Johnson, Tarja Ryynänen, Satu Koistinen, Richard Braakman, Laura Myller, Anne Myller, Merja Lindberg-Myller, Petra Nikkonen, Joose Alm, Athiná Tsentemeidou, Kiri Jantunen, Yasmin Calderon, Xhavit Osmani, Coty Wallace, Pauliina Valtasaari, Lauri Roto, Steven Stewart, Annina Calderon, Suvi Hyssälä, Marjo Hill, Mark & Marilyn Anderson, Tanja Hyttinen, Maiju Welling, Markus Klöf, Cindarella Santonen, Neea Koponen, Emilia Korhonen, Alex Stefanciw, Katja Grönlund, Kalle Pulkkinen, Henry Ammar, family Siebke, Amira Polack, Jonna Kalliomäki, Emma Nikkanen, Renni Valkeinen, Heli Hartikainen, Hanne Kuosmanen, Kaisa Meghjee, Jason Sarich, Juho Martiskainen, Sara Karumo, Juhani Hilakari, Timo Kankkunen, Pirkko Strömberg, Pirita Tolvanen, Outi Suomilammi, Jenny Lindfors, Eine Kuismin, Piia Pirtilä, Anu Aavamäki, Tanja Kummelus, Heli Järvi, David C. Johnson, Mika Penttinen, Laura Puddu, Mira Aalto, Jaakko Rewell, Anna Käkelä, Ansku Hänninen, Hannah Edjah, Werner Eberl, Jenna Keski-Patola, Dane Christensen and Gary Revell Jr.
for making my dream come true!
As a little girl Jonna dreamed of being a pop star. She grew up in a small town in the East of Finland, dancing in different dance groups, singing in choirs and doing theater. She has collected trophies from ballroom and showdance competitions from Finnish and World championships, including one for beauty and natural charisma when she became Miss Carelia in the year 2000.
After high school Jonna moved to the capital city of Finland where she had more opportunities to work as a dancer, dance teacher and ensemble member in different musicals ("Hair", "Grease", "Hello Dolly!"). In the summer of 2002 her dream about being a pop star started coming true as she was chosen to be one of the 4 girls in the first Popstars band in Finland. (An Australian reality TV-format where they were looking for members for a band) Jonna didn't like the music the producers were planning for the band so she took off and signed a record deal with Sony Music Finland as a solo artist instead.
In January 2003 her first single Tyytyväinen came out and put her at the top of the Finnish charts. Between the years of 2003-2006 she released 3 albums with Sony Music Finland, had booming radio play and several top hits on the charts. Jonna has been nominated 4 times at Emma-gala (the Finnish Grammys) with her ground-breaking music that paved the way for many Finnish pop artists to come. Jonna's music was the first of its kind to combine American influenced pop sounds with Finnish lyrics.
After all the Nationwide success, Jonna wanted to share her story with a wider audience and start singing in English. But since her record label didn't want to make an english album, she decided to do it independently. Determined to find a fresh angle for her new album, she moved to LA in 2007 and started writing her 4th album there. After a year and a half in LA Jonna moved back to Finland and started looking for a producer who could take her songs to the next level. During these past 6 years Jonna has worked on her album 'Sound Mind' with 4 different producers, studied Pop & Jazz vocal performance at the best schools in Helsinki and Stockholm and perfected her vision and artistry. She has invested 7 years, thousands of dollars and countless hours into her album and is determined to release it this August (2015).
24.7.2015 Ravintola Maisteri, Heinola
25.7.2015 Brygga satama, Lahti
31.7.2015 Hovi, Puumala
13.8.2015 Album release party, LeBonk, Helsinki