The LIFE + LEGACY of JON JAMES
Canadian music artist Jon James McMurray died performing an airplane stunt in Vernon BC on October 20th, 2018 just outside the town of West Wold between Vernon and Kamloops. Jon, born in Calgary, Alberta and grew up skiing in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The 33 year old was a world-renowned professional skier with multiple world firsts under his belt. He was the first skier ever to backflip onto and off of a rail in addition to garnering a reputation known as one of the most innovative and well-respected skiers in the world. After sustaining multiple injuries including a broken back and shattered heel, Jon decided to pursue his growing passion for music. He poured his ambition for life into his music and relentlessly worked toward advancement in the music industry. Jon earned his way onto the stage and loved to perform at large events like Center of Gravity alongside some of the biggest names in Hip Hop. Jon continually pushed his music into uncharted territory by merging his passion for performing incredible stunts with his groundbreaking music video production.
He died filming a project he had been passionately working on for months. He died performing an airplane stunt that included rapping while walking on the wing of the plane. He had trained intensely for this stunt but as Jon got further out onto the wing of the plane, it caused the small Cessna to go into a downward spiral that the pilot couldn’t correct. Jon held onto the wing until it was too late, and by the time he let go, he didn’t have time to pull his chute. He impacted and died instantly.
Jon was an incredibly motivated person; always smiling, encouraging everyone around him to follow their passion and live life to fullest. He filled everyone around him with positivity and never spoke poorly about another person. He truly had a heart of gold. Jon would want to be remembered as a beacon of light to follow your dreams and would want everyone to continue to be inspired through his music and life message. He is survived by Father Doug McMurray, Mother Jen McMurray, brother Jarred McMurray, wife Kali James McMurray, and countless close friends and fans alike. If you would like to hear more of his music and see more of his videos his team will be completing his projects and releasing all his content.
A potion of this fund will be used to help the family with costs associated of his Celebration of Life, which the family will be having instead of a traditional funeral which would not be fitting of Jon's passion for life. The rest of the fund, in its entirety, is dedicated to releasing all of Jon James’ remaining music and video content for the world to see, hear, spread and enjoy. Jon's one goal in life was to spread his message of positivity, following one’s true calling, and improving one’s self while living life to the fullest and as BIG as humanly possible. He put his entire soul into his life’s mission and didn’t deviate for even a moment. He was truly committed to his purpose in a way that even in death he was set to touch millions more. Jon was always prepared for this event as he knew it was a real possibility with each new stunt he intended to conquer. He was documenting his life from the time he was 12 until the moment of his death. He has hundreds of tracks and new albums that he recorded and prepared for us to release in the event of his death.
The funds raised on GoFundMe will be completely dedicated to production of Jon's music and video content specifically to be made into series for Netflix which had been planned in the event of this tragic ending. He had a favorite producer and close friend Adium with whom he has a large amount of previously unreleased content that we will be publishing to honor his legacy. His fund will be controlled by Jon’s brother Jarred as well as his closest friends Rory Bushfield and Chris Biollo who are 100% dedicated to seeing Jon's dreams come to fruition exactly the way he manifested. The extremely tight team that he built around his brand, that has been working together for the last 5 years, will continue to work together to market and release Jon’s groundbreaking music and video content. The team is committed to ensuring that his vision is seen through in the exact way he would have wanted.
Please help us spread the Jon James love through his music and video footage. Our goal is to reach millions of lives across the globe as Jon envisioned and let him watch down on us with pure joy that his message of love, light, and laughter is being spread for all to enjoy and share. Jon's story has already been covered by Time Magazine, US magazine, Yahoo, Newsweek, Access Hollywood, People Magazine, XXL Magazine, Global, Hotnewhiphop, and Billboard Magazine. We know he’s smiling from above seeing his dreams come true.
All Our Love,
The Jon James Team