With a nuanced voiced and golden songs, Jalen N’Gonda was universally acclaimed at the 2018 Montreux Jazz Talent Awards. This young American, raised in the US, experienced true culture shock on moving to Liverpool in 2014. While he came to study piano jazz, he found his identity as a solo artist by singing in the city’s bars and clubs. His music blends African-American roots – his father introduced him to the Motown label early on – with the pop culture he discovered in the UK. He describes his music as coming from an R&B artist who wants to join the Beatles.