Center For The Arts Instructor
Having spent 17 years in Nashville, TN, as an artist, musician, and songwriter, Jonathan Lawson has had the fortune of bringing music to hundreds of thousands of people all over the world.
His professional music career began at 20-years-old when he began touring with country diva Lorrie Morgan as a member of her road band. Sharing the stage with her and her incredibly talented veteran musicians prepared Jonathan for his next position playing fiddle, acoustic guitar, and mandolin for country superstar Sara Evans. His tenure with Sara included national television performances (Good Morning America, The View, CMT), collaborations with superstars like Maroon 5, and stadium tours including Kenny Chesney and CMAfest (65,000 people).
Sara Evans kick-started the career of Jonathan’s own band, The Railers, offering them their first support slot on a national tour - which ultimately led to a recording contract with Warner Brothers Nashville and two top-50 singles on hit country radio. The Railers were featured as support acts on national tours with Hunter Hayes, Brett Eldredge, Corey Smith, as well as performances with Dwight Yoakam, Eli Young Band, and Josh Abbott Band. The Railers also enjoyed having several featured appearances at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
A native of Arizona, Jonathan is a two-time winner of his division at the Arizona State Old-Time Fiddle Championship, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Violin Performance from Northern Arizona University.
In recent years, Jonathan taught Violin, Fiddle, Mandolin, Acoustic/Electric Guitar, and Banjo in Hendersonville, TN at Cedarstone School of Music - an academy devoted to the intersection of modern teaching techniques with student goal actuation - in both commercial and classical genres. In addition to teaching his specialized instruments, Jonathan also has a passion for songwriting and modern recording techniques - crafts he honed as a writer for Sony/ATV Publishing, and working as a session musician in such iconic studios as Ocean Way, Blackbird, Sound Emporium, The Castle, Sony Studios, and Warner Studios, with A-list producers Marshall Altman, Justin Niebank, Paul Worley, Ross Copperman, and Jay Joyce.
Ready for a new creative challenge, Jonathan and his wife Cassandra (also of The Railers) have returned to Arizona and begun a new duo called Ivy & the Wall, blending immersive cinematography with a musical tapestry to create a new kind of multimedia event.
When he doesn’t have an instrument or a microphone in his hands, Jonathan loves to spend his pastime Backpacking, Fly Fishing, Disc Golfing, traveling overseas, or kayaking.