Jon Paul Sousan was raised in southeast Missouri in a small farming community of Poplar Bluff. 1965 was the first time he heard songs played on the radio like; Louie Louie, Gloria and House of the Rising Sun. He knew that this music would influence his life's direction for years to come.
At the age of 9, his parents watched him keep tempo on a garbage can out back. When they saw him creatively gather pots and pans for tom toms and a pie pan on a stick for cymbals... It was then time for mom and dad to take it a step further. That Christmas, Jon was introduced to his very own musical instrument..the drums.
From that point on, Jon explored many other musical instruments including guitar, piano, woodwinds, etc. This would prove to be important to Jon for his production needs in the future.
Because of his abilty at such a young age, there were numerous musical opportunities. When he was only 12 years old, he was discovered by Rick Emerson, a noted area concert promoter of the popular "Street Dances" during the early 70's. Emerson gathered a few other young talents and booked them at a local nightspot, The ANICORN. The event was publicized throughout the entire SE Missouri / NE Arkansas market on then popular AM station KLID.
Jon's group was promoted as "The Little Peeple" band. "The smallest rock group in existence."
Jon played guitar and was lead singer for the group. This first regional concert brought excitement and musical surprize to an audience of about 150+ . It was at that moment Jon's stage-life and musical journey would begin.
THE 70's & 80's
After a short stint (75-79) in the post Vietnam US Military, Jon returned home with high hopes of reconnecting with his musical past. In 1981 He formed the "FUTURE" band with his life-long friend "little" Eddie Miles (Kinney). Once again, Jon found his creative path.
Some of the additional bands Jon has played with include; "Anderson Tully Band","Ritchie Callison Band", "Force" "JET", "TKO", "The Street Czars" and many others. Jon had marked success in Memphis & St. Louis markets sharing the stage with several national acts such as; Johnny Van Zant (Lynard Skynard), Dokken, Night Ranger, Steve Walsh, (Kansas), Black Oak Arkansas, Jimmy Jamison (Survivor) and several others.
Jon also toured and co-wrote with "Brian Becker", a nationally recognized christian artist from Nashville.
In 1989 Jon released his very first solo project, "Don't Ride the Fence" which included all original songs.
In 1993 He produced his sophmore project, "Secret of Life" that was co-produced by Jamie Page & Paul Mills of Nashville. Then again in 1996, Jon began his first CD project, "No Me Without You" which included several originals and two cover songs, Closer to Home from 70's Rock Band, "Grand Funk" and Jensen Miller, a ballad written by pop band "The Trend" lead singer, John McMullan.
During this this time Jon toured, as an Independant Artist, with a full band--Tim Hicks, Steve Seawright, Jim Plumb & Christie Lynne.
Jon produced the concept of a 70's Music Show which became a reality in 2000. The 70s Music Show is permanantly housed in Branson, Mo. and has become a regular entertainment choice for the millions who come to Branson yearly.
Jon remains as one of the most respected and talented musician/producers in his field. He continues to work with named artists who reside in Branson. Jon also plays in a few area local "late night" bands. And Jon's musical journey continues......