An artist best known for his YouTube performances and for making it past the auditions on Team Cee-Lo Green on NBC's popular performance show "The Voice" is set to headline the University of Iowa's Dance Marathon.
For fans of the Voice, like me, you will remember him as the singer and sandwich maker from Chicago with the sometimes squeaky yet still adorable blues-folk-soul vocals from the Voice Season Two. Lono's journey on that show was unfortunately for him cut short after he was paired in the battle rounds against strong singer and Season 2 shining star Jamar Rogers.
For the rest of you, Lono, is an aspiring recording artist in the blues-reggae-soul-rock formats who has used his time on the national stage to propel his career forward. A press release on the event follows and I will also attach some videos to this story of his performances.
Here's the press release:
Jamie Lono performs this year’s headlining slot at University of Iowa Dance Marathon on Friday, February 1. The singer/songwriter and former Team Cee Lo contestant on season two of NBC’s ‘The Voice’ will headline the annual philanthropic event benefitting University of Iowa’s Children’s Hospital
Lono, a recording artist in the blues-reggae-soul-rock formats, is proud that he can use the power of his celebrity and his music to shine the spotlight on the importance of children’s health
“I’m so humbled and honored to be able to do something for such a noble cause. By doing this [dance marathon] the University is giving a lot of people a lot of hope, and I’ll use my performance to celebrate that,” said Lono.
The sponsoring organization, University of Iowa Dance Marathon, raised $1,369,147.18 last year for the children’s hospital. Courtney Bond, the faculty advisor to Iowa’s Dance Marathon, is thrilled about having Lono as a part of the event.
“Having Jamie play at Dance Marathon is really exciting! I know he’s going to be great, and it will be really exciting for both the kids participating and for those visiting from the hospital,” said Bond.
The event also features activities and events for thousands of participants, who are asked to stand for the duration of the event - 24 hours – to show solidarity with those visiting from the children’s hospital.