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Jaron & the Long Road to Love Remembers His First Time

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When twin brothers Evan and Jaron Lowenstein first came on the pop rock music scene circa 1994, they had their work cut out for them, as any new artists do. They recorded three studio albums and saw their now-signature hit, ‘Crazy for This Girl,’ peak at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2000.

Jaron, of course, morphed into Jaron and the Long Road to Love — a solo act, despite what the name suggests — after his brother decided to start a family and take on a new business venture. The musical journey for Jaron has been filled with ups and downs, but with the success of his Top 5 country hit, ‘Pray for You,’ he’s beginning to see his hard work pay off.

The Boot asked Jaron to share his memories of when he heard his first record(s) on the radio both as a duo and then as a solo country act.

“The first time I heard my first song on the radio, my brother and I were leaving a radio station up in Hartford, Ct.,” Jaron tells The Boot. “We were on a radio tour in 1998. Our first song was a single called ‘And Then She Says.’ We were leaving the station after doing the visit, and the program director told us they were going to throw it on the air and try it out. We turned the station on when we left, and our song started coming on. We were like, ‘Oh, my God, we’re on the radio! This is the coolest thing ever!’ It was probably a small station. It wasn’t with a big reach or anything, but it could have been a college station and we would have flipped out. We had our record rep driving us, and we were sitting in the back, jumping up and down. If I could rewrite history, we would have grabbed our phones and start texting our friends, but we didn’t do that back then. I’m sure we picked up our phones — because they did have cell phones back then — and called our friends saying, ‘Oh my God, we’re on the radio!’

“The first time I heard ‘Pray For You’ on the radio, I heard it online actually. It was [deejay] Michael J at WMZQ [in Washington, D.C.]. He had thrown it into a test bin, or tried it in the afternoon drive. Somebody emailed me and told me it was going to happen, so I listened online, and it was the first time that I recall hearing it on the radio. I know that the song was played first on WYCD in Detroit, but the first time I heard it was by Michael J. It was a different feeling. This time around it was my return to music, and when I came back, I told people that I had experience. I was Evan and Jaron, and I had a lot of friends who told me the truth. They said, ‘Listen dude, nobody cares anymore … You’re going to have to start over from square one.’ And I did. I put a lot of work into it. So it was nice to know that I had gotten back and had that feeling again. My brother and I always joked that we were one-hit wonders, even though we had three songs on the charts. But we know that we were blessed and lucky as heck to even get one hit, so to get a second song on the radio was double good. It was super exciting!”

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