Classically trained Jon Barker is an accomplished pianist, violinist & vocalist. His shows include music from Gershwin to Billy Joel & from Sinatra to The Beatles. Jon's engaging style and musical mastery make him a favorite with cruise audiences. Jon's shows always include hilarious topical comedy 'ditties' about shipboard life.
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JON BARKER is a unique talent.
At the age of 23 Jon became the resident entertainer at the Yacht Club Piano Bar on board the QE2. He mesmerised British and American audiences with his encyclopaedic knowledge of songs, sharp wit, superb musicianship and off the cuff topical songs.
On a World Cruise in 1989 Jon wrote the music, lyrics and book for a musical about, a subject that had always fascinated him, Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man.
Jon thrived in the atmosphere of the QE2 where he rubbed shoulders with the global stars of the entertainment world, again, learning from the very best. There he met Leonard Bernstein, Victor Borge, Michael Crawford, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Vic Damone, David Zipple and Freddy Roman, and played the piano for Neil Sedaka, George Hearn, Loretta Swit, Juliet Prowse, as well as rubbing shoulders with Royalty, global leaders and heads of state.
By the age of 30, Jon was writing for TV and radio, his songs were played in the Royal London Festival Hall and he had established himself as a headline artist. He settled in Weybridge, Surrey with his partner, started a company and wrote and produced exciting and innovative shows for 5 and 6 star cruise liners.
His song, 'Thank you for being my dad' has been in the charts in 5 countries including USA.
The musical of The Elephant Man is being made into a major feature film in the States, to be followed by a first class Broadway stage production. He is working on a new show with a UK producer about the life of his friend & colleague, the late Peter Gordeno.
Jon's talents are much in demand as a headline cabaret artist and also as a production show writer for many top companies including Carnival UK.