Jon Paul Puno makes his international premiere with his self-titled debut album produced by Multi-Platinum GRAMMY® Award winning producer Robert “Bob” Cutarella (Eric Clapton, Sting, Joss Stone). Named #20 on the "Top 50 Artists in 2012" of the UK's Classical-Crossover.co.uk chart, he is captivating audiences worldwide with a voice described as lush as velvet.
Drawing from the lead single Via Sacra, a rousing anthem penned by Giovanni Stellini inspired by the main street of ancient Rome by that name (Latin for “Sacred Road”), the album “mirrors the journey of life itself—songs that reflect love, loss, pain and hope,” Puno told Turkish newspaper Agazete in an interview.
Selecting the songs for the album was “an organic process that developed over time. For instance, the idea of recording the Beatles song Nowhere Man was inspired a few years back in a studio when Bob heard his friend fiddling on the guitar with the song and he wanted me to recreate that intimate moment.” One of the album highlights is a soaring orchestral version of Snow Patrol's Run, arranged by Puno himself. In fact, it was one of the very first songs he self-produced during his early forays into music which caught the attention of record producer Robert Cutarella.
Behind some of the biggest names in music, industry powerhouse Cutarella has garnered hits with legends such as Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Madonna, Eric Clapton, The BeeGees, Pink Floyd, The Police, Elton John, R.E.M., Michael Bolton, Dolly Parton, Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, Cyndi Lauper and Slash. Also on board is GRAMMY® and Emmy Award winning engineer and producer Francis Buckley who has worked with the likes of Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Bono, Alanis Morisette, Aerosmith, Paula Abdul, Van Halen, Lea Salonga, LL Cool, Deborah Cox and Adam Sandler. His movie and television credits include, City Of Angels, The Wedding Singer, Flashdance, Jungle Book and the FOX American Idol® Ford music videos.
An acclaimed filmmaker, Puno is a graduate of the University of Southern California's prestigious School of Cinematic Arts and it was there he discovered he had an operatic voice. Having made his directorial debut at the age of 16 with his films garnering attention worldwide including at the International Festival of Human Rights in Barcelona, Spain, Ricardo Montalbán's Nosotros American Latino Film Festival in Hollywood, the Atlanta Film Festival and the Austin Film Festival as well as serving on the jury of the Mill Valley International Film Festival, he would eventually venture into music.
In 2014, Puno took the stage alongside a lineup of legendary Beverly Hills celebrities including Pat Boone, Betty White, Larry King, Richard Simmons, Florence Henderson and the Sherman Brothers, backed by the Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic Orchestra to perform at his hometown Beverly Hills' high-profile star-studded 100th Birthday Concert to a sold-out, capacity audience at the historic Saban Theatre.
He performed alongside FOX American Idol® Pia Toscano at the Power of Giving Gala hosted by NFL Super Bowl Champion and FOX Sports Analyst Ryan Nece to benefit Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA and the Ryan Nece Foundation and opened for NBC's The Voice star Cheesa at the world famous Conga Room at L.A. Live. Its stage graced by the likes of Shakira, Carlos Santana and Enrique Iglesias, the iconic Conga Room is renowned for its hip ambiance and hot performers.
Among his philanthropic activities, Puno hosted a packed charity benefit for the Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children at Porta Via Beverly Hills attended by Beverly Hills dignitaries and friends including Mayor Julian A. Gold, M.D. (2015) and Mayor John A. Mirisch (2013) who were treated to a preview performance of his debut album. He premiered his single Miracle at the 2015 Good Shepherd Center Gala introduced by Los Angeles Councilmember Tom LaBonge held at the exclusive Jonathan Club, an elite high-society hub founded in 1895 where some of Los Angeles' most influential residents are members (Los Angeles Times).
Puno headlined a red carpet charity event held at the Sofitel Beverly Hills for the Beverly Hills Education Foundation and Friends of Beverly Gardens Park and was joined on stage by special guest crooner Mayor John A. Mirisch (Beverly Hills Courier). He gave back to his alma mater by making a special musical appearance at the USC APAA Scholarship and Awards Gala held at the Langham Huntington where he was introduced by Emmy Award winner and ABC7 Eyewitness News Anchor David Ono.
A leader in the Beverly Hills community, Puno serves on the Mayor's Committee for Next Generation Leaders, is an Ambassador of the Beverly Hills Chamber, member of the Beverly Hills Centennial Committees and creator of the Beverly Hills Centennial Commemorative Stamp.