Close Kin, Our Roots Run Deep Featured Artist - Jonah Horton
Jonah has received several honors for his mandolin talent. He was the winner of the 2011 Wilkes Has Talent competition. In 2012, he won the Youth Mandolin contest held at the annual Galax Fiddlers' Convention in Galax, VA. He was the third place winner in the 2013 Galax Fiddlers' Convention "Open" (Adult and Youth) Mandolin competition. Jonah was also honored to be the first recipient of the Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society's Pete Wernick Jam Camp Scholarship in 2013. This camp is held annually Monday through Thursday during the week of MerleFest at YMCA Camp Harrison in Boomer, NC.
Following the IBMA Conference, Jonah was given an invitation to be a part of yet another CD/DVD recording project called, "Close Kin: Our Roots Run Deep." This youth project is the sequel to the popular and award winning "Close Kin: A Reunion of Bluegrass & Old Time Music." To be released in April, it will again feature the blending of bluegrass, old-time and American styles of music in one album. This time, it will spotlight youth musicians (ages 11-17) from Southwest VA and NC. Jonah plays both the mandolin and guitar on this project.
He has played with the following musicians/groups: Sierra Hull, The Greencards, The Snyder Family Band, Wayne Henderson and Jeff Little to name a few. You can check out Jonah's performances with these musicians, as well as other select videos, on "YouTube" by typing "Jonah Horton" in the Search bar. Jonah also loves to play at church, community events, benefit concerts, and even the Farmers' Markets in Boone and North Wilkesboro. Above all, Jonah credits the Lord for his musical ability and talent.
Jonah is the son of Mark and Laura Horton of Wilkesboro, NC. He is 12 years old and is homeschooled.