Pray for You
American singer, songwriter and producer Jaron Lowenstein first became known as a member of the pop duo Evan and Jaron, along with his twin brother Evan Lowenstein. The duo have recorded three studio albums: “We've Never Heard of You, Either” (1998), “Evan and Jaron” (2000) and “Half Dozen” (2004), and charted three singles on the Billboard Pop Songs with “Crazy for This Girl” (#9), “From My Head to My Heart” (#35) and “The Distance” (#31). “Crazy for This Girl,” which also reached No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100, marked the duo's highest peaking single and their first Top 40 hit on the chart. After Evan and Jaron split up, Jaron went on to pursue a career as a solo artist. Billed as Jaron and the Long Road to Love, the Georgia native scored his next Top 40 hit with “Pray For You” (2009), which peaked at No. 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 13 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs. His solo debut album, “Getting Dressed in the Dark,” was released in June 2010. It charted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and No. 16 on the Billboard 200. Jaron made his feature film acting debut in 2006's “Keeping Up with the Steins.”
“The name is not my band. It's my story. Its the story of a guy trying to find love. All the right decisions and mistakes that make me who I am. It's my way of letting my audience know that the songs they're going to hear are all about the highs and lows of relationships.” Jaron Lowenstein (on his stage name, Jaron and the Long Road to Love).
Childhood and Family:
Jaron David Lowenstein was born on March 18, 1974, in Tucker, Georgia. He has an identical twin brother named Evan Mitchell Lowenstein, who performed with him under the name Evan and Jaron.
Crazy for This Girl
Jaron Lowenstein and his brother Evan started performing in the folk pop genre in coffee houses in their hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. Their live album, “Live at KaLo's Coffee House,” was released in 1995 and received some notices. It was not long before they were spotted by a member of McMillan Associates. In 1996, they launched a second independent album, “Not from Concentrate,” and appeared at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
The duo Evan and Jaron eventually signed to Island Records, and released their major label debut album, “We've Never Heard of You, Either,” on April 21, 1998. The brothers resurfaced two years later with the self titled album “Evan and Jaron,” which was released on September 5, 2000 through Columbia Records. Produced by John Fields, the album peaked at No. 156 on the Billboard 200 and made the Top 10 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers (#4). The album yielded three singles. Released in October 2000, the first single “Crazy for This Girl,” which was written by Jaron and Jeff Cohen, reached No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 9 on the Billboard Pop Songs, No. 4 on the Billboard Hot Adult Pop Songs and No. 27 on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks. The follow up singles “From My Head to My Heart” and “The Distance” (both 2001) peaked at No. 35 and No. 31 on the Billboard Pop Songs, with the first also reaching No. 28 on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks.
However, on the height of their success, Evan started a family and the touring ended. In 2003, the duo broke up so that Evan could concentrate on raising his family.
On April 13, 2004, Evan and Jaron released an album called “Half Dozen” via 12 Between Us. The album, which offered more of an Americana/country sound, comprised of six songs plus three additional bonus tracks. The same year, the twins appeared in an episode of the NBC series “American Dreams” called “Chasing the Past.”
In 2006, Jaron landed the noted supporting role of Cantor Nathan on the comedy film “Keeping Up with the Steins,” which was directed by Scott Marshall, written by Mark Zakarin and starred Jeremy Piven, Garry Marshall and Daryl Sabara. The film marked the feature film acting debut of Jaron. The same year, he also appeared with Chanelle Desautels, Jennifer Fenten and Daniel Kirschner in the short film “Breakdown,” by Sascha Rothchild. In the following year, Jaron and his brother appeared in the television comedy series “Character Road Trip.”
Using the name Jaron and the Long Road to Love, Jaron co-wrote and recorded his first solo single, “Pray for You,” in late 2009. Released on November 30, 2009, the single received positive reviews and peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs, No. 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 70 on the Canadian Hot 100. The song has been certified platinum by the RIAA. “Pray for You” was nominated for Single by New/Breakthrough Artist at the 2010 American Country Awards. Jaron also received an American Country nomination for New/Breakthrough Artist of the Year.
Jaron's first solo country album, “Getting Dressed in the Dark,” was released on June 22, 2010 through Universal Republic. Produced by Jaron himself, the album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and No. 16 on the Billboard 200. It has sold over 110,000 units in the United States. The album's second single, “That's Beautiful to Me,” which was released on September 7, 2010, peaked at No. 44 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs.
In early 2011, Jaron parted ways with Big Machine Records and Republic Nashville. A third single from “Getting Dressed in the Dark,” “It's a Good Thing,” which was co-written by Sarah Buxton and his brother, Evan, was released on April 18, 2011, with promotion from Nine North Records. The single, however, did not chart.
On May 31, 2011, Jaron released “Beautiful Lies,” featuring Big Kenny. The song is the lead-off single to Jaron's second album. The song also failed to chart.