Artist: Jonah Tolchin
Hometown: Princeton, New Jersey
Song: “The Grateful Song (Thanksgiving)”
Label: Yep Roc Records
In Their Words: “I’ve found that there is a lack of opportunity to express gratitude in our culture. It’s my impression from observation that people may sometimes think that expressing gratitude outwardly is cliché or too ‘New Age-y.’ We live in an age of cynicism, and for understandable reasons. However, without the capacity to be truly grateful for the simple blessings of our life such as clean water, food to eat, friends, family, a roof over our head, love, the beauty of nature, etc., it is my belief that these things (and life in general) can be easily taken for granted.
“It’s a practice to maintain an energy of gratitude. The intention of the ‘sing-along’ style chorus of this song was for people at shows to be given that opportunity to generate the spirit of gratitude within themselves and as a collective. It may sound funny, but I’m grateful for the opportunity to be grateful. This song is a tool for myself to tap into that every time I sing it.” — Jonah Tolchin