Dr. Jonathan C. Bibbs could be called a triple threat: he writes, sings and produces music that is respected and loved around the world. But his credits as a singer / songwriter only scratch the surface. Add accomplished musician, digital media strategist, philanthropist, and educator to that list, and we still haven’t fully defined what the multi-talented artist is capable of.
His musical journey dates back to 1983. At age two, his mother enrolled him in piano classes at Virginia Commonwealth University where soon after he became widely known as a “musical prodigy.” By age 12 he was performing alongside the critically acclaimed Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 1999, Jon enrolled at Hampton University where he continued to nurture his growing musical talents. Over the next few years he made his vocal debut with True Story (2001) and Red: The Color of Love (2003). Both projects garnered the attention of industry giants, but it was Unbreakable (2005) that catapulted him as an underground soul music staple throughout the entire eastern region. As his fan base grew, Jon found himself recording and sharing the stage with notable names including Ledisi, Melanie Fiona, Wiz Khalifa, Roy Ayers, John Legend, Snoop Dogg, SWV, Kardi’nal Official, Morris Day & the Time, Bilal, Eric Roberson, Anthony David, Conya Doss, Raheem DeVaughn, and Chuck Brown.
In 2008, Bibbs landed a partnership deal with KyteTV and launched JB Live— a unique social networking companion for his family, friends, collaborators and fans. Both outlets solidified Jon’s commitment to fan engagement; allowing them to follow and interact with him during his lectures, recording sessions and rehearsals.
Aside from his music and media ventures, Jon has found a remarkable niche in the field of education. As the owner/administrator of Richmond Prep, a private academy in Richmond, VA, he provides students a basis in Christian principles with a focus on reading instruction and the arts. Jon is also a sought after lecturer—particularly for his presentations on music as a creative expression, church music, and musical historiography. In 2012 Jon received a Doctorate of Fine Arts, Honoris Causa from Virginia University of Lynchburg.
Dr. Bibbs is also the founder of the National Order of D.R.A.G.O.N.S, a co-ed fraternal order that is based on the philosophical pillars of knowledge, honor, achievement, political power, social change and economic independence for people of color. The organization has three regional hubs and nearly 200 members.
Even with all of his successes, Jon maintains an endearing humility and continues to pour himself into his art, always acknowledging the efforts of his contemporaries and striving to provide an experience of showmanship like the pioneers who paved the way.