Country Artists Jon Stone and Kristy Osmunson form the new country duo American Young.
American Young. It’s more than a name. It’s a movement. A passion for music and more importantly it’s meaning. As artists, songsmiths, producers, and entertainers, Jon Stone and Kristy Osmunson define American Young this way. They are seasoned veterans on how music can inherently affect emotion and even culture. The collaborative fresh new duo already claim songwriting credits for hit makers Kenny Chesney, Lee Brice, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton and more. Recording and writing comes from a deep, poignant place with a desire to affect global audiences with songs featuring tight harmonies and storytelling. “American Young represents a sound with no boundaries. We are squarely focused on delivering our own brand of music and hope that folks will find our songs everything from haunting to dramatic and intense”, says Jon.
Jon Stone and Kristy Osmunson may seem familiar to you. They’ve both been in Nashville and have explored their options in country music before. Jon as a solo act, then a successful producer and songwriter (“Me and My Gang,” “A Woman Like You”) and Kristy as a founding member and sizzling fiddle player of the duo Bomshel.
Tapping the vocal ability of both Jon and Kristy—a talent she wasn’t aware she even had—has revealed an earthy, organic and authentic sound that has developed naturally and effortlessly. The relationship between the two is very yin and yang. Jon—the consummate, meticulous producer, focused on perfect tones and notes. Kristy — the high-energy performer with an eye on an entertaining, fun live show. The combination means that when the dynamic duo hit the stage, not only is the show technically sound, it’s a feast for the musical soul…but sometimes that requires Kristy to level out the perfectionist in Jon. “I just whack him with my bow every now and then, and he starts having fun,” she laughs. “Where he is the studio Oz back there wizarding the whole thing, it’s not the part I’ve ever focused on. I’ve always been a player, so my focus has always been on making a show that is just going to be epic and amazing.” “And that’s never been my focus ever, not one time,” laughs Jon. “When I saw some footage of me performing on stage…I need to work on having fun. ”