Jonathan Veira : The Lockdown Sessions

by Jonathan Veira in Guildford, England, United Kingdom

Total raised £20,705

raised so far



JV's latest recording project. Capturing a selection of songs that have inspired and uplifted so many throughout the lockdown period.

by Jonathan Veira in Guildford, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 23rd August 2020 we'd raised £20,300 with 369 supporters in 28 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

If we are able to reach this stretched target, then it will mean we can add extra songs onto the album. It will also mean that we can pay some of hard working members of our team a bit more. Finally, it will help JV & Sue set up an extended 'JV Lockdown Tour' hopefully starting in 2021.


Jonathan is a wonderfully talented singer and pianist, capable of singing an extraordinarily broad range of styles. He started his professional singing career as an opera singer, performing to great acclaim around the world. However, he loved singing and playing such a broad range of songs that he gradually grew his own One Man Show alongside the opera and in recent years the solo shows have become his sole way of performing - a regular 50 dates in a year was not unusual. Accompanying himself on piano or guitar, he also used his comedic talents to keep people enthralled, inspired and highly entertained.

At the start of the Covid lockdown he had a packed diary of One Man Shows with weekly dates around the whole of the UK. Suddenly this all stopped.

Undeterred - and encouraged by his wife Sue -  he turned his attention to streaming concerts on Facebook. On April 5 - with Sue on the technology and later singing with him - he tentatively started streaming as 'JV - Live from the Steinway Room'. Just him at the piano…or guitar…or banjo... keeping people entertained. On that first night thousands of people watched and have continued to join him every week. People from around the world have  been enthralled and uplifted - a phenomenon called the JV Community formed - and for so many it has made the Lockdown bearable. Deciding that he wanted to do a weekly 2 hour show he suddenly had the opportunity to perform so many songs that he loved but had never performed before. The audience feedback was instant - they loved them and began to make suggestions. Each week they enjoyed his renditions of ballads, jazz standards, blues, Spirituals, opera, G&S and of course Gospel songs from his previous CD releases.


Before long, his many regular attendees were clamouring for an album that would represent and highlight these joyful Lockdown performances. And so 'The Lockdown Sessions' idea was born.

However, due to a number of factors (including Covid), we aren't able to fund this album alone. That's where you come in. With the money raised, JV will be able to record a selection of these wonderful songs creating an album of eclectic styles that have been inspired by the Steinway Room evenings. He will be thrilled to be able to employ a number of fantastic musicians to help him on the tracks, who like JV have suffered a loss of gigs during Covid. Also, JV is excited to include the massed voices of some of his supporters. Just check out the rewards on the side of this page. 

We would really like to stress two things. Firstly, if we don't reach our fundraising total, then this album will not be able to go ahead. So if you would like a copy of this album, or would like to see it happen, then we would be be so grateful for you donations. Secondly, every penny raised goes towards the productions of this album and the costs involved. We've got a fantastic team working on this, and we know that if we are able to produce 'The Lockdown Sessions', then you will love the finished product. But without your donations and support, it sadly won't be possible.

'The Lockdown Sessions'... Let's make this happen!  



This project offered rewards

£15 or more

The Lockdown Sessions CD

Pledge £15 or more today to claim a signed copy of 'The Lockdown Sessions' on CD. (P&P included)

£25 or more

Lockdown Sessions CD + Launch Show Access

Pledge £25 or more today to claim your signed copy of 'The Lockdown Sessions' AND access to the online Launch Show. (P&P included)

£50 or more

Lockdown Sessions CD + Launch Show + Virtual Choir

Pledge £50 or more today to claim a copy of 'The Lockdown Sessions', access to the launch show AND 'Virtual Choir'. If you are interested, then as a thank you, Jonathan would like to add a recording of you singing a particular chorus as part of a choir on the new album. (P&P included)

£100 or more

All of the above + A personal Zoom/Skype with JV

Pledge £100 or more today to claim a copy of 'The Lockdown Sessions' CD, access to the launch show, a place in Jonathan Veira Virtual Choir (if desired) AND as a thank you, Jonathan would like to contact you personally via Zoom/Skype to have a chat & talk about the project to show his appreciation. (P&P included)

£350 or more

All of the above + SONG DEDICATION

Pledge £350 or more today to claim a copy of 'The Lockdown Sessions' CD, access to the launch show, a place in Jonathan Veira Virtual Choir (if desired), a personal Zoom/Skype with JV.... AND as a thank you, we will give you the amazing opportunity to have a song on the album dedicated to someone of your choice. Name to appear on the album cover. (P&P included)

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