Tea Party Bard Sheds Secret Identity

Jon David's real name revealed as Jonathan Kahn
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2010 10:26 AM CDT
Jonathan Kahn, aka Jon David, performs at a tea party event, in this screenshot from a Wall Street Journal video.   (Wall Street Journal)

(Newser) – Tea Partiers know him as Jon David, the guy with the guitar whose song “American Heart” has become an anthem for the movement. “I got American parts / Got American faith / In America's heart,” he croons at rallies around the country, semi-disguised by hat and sunglasses. The singer's been undercover and using a pseudonym, afraid to reveal his true identity lest he jeopardize his Hollywood career. Until now.

David took off the glasses for the Wall Street Journal, revealing his true identity: Jonathan Kahn, the screenwriter and director of, ahem, not a whole lot, based on his IMDB page. But he's still risking his career by coming out, various Hollywood conservatives insist. “I mean, he's a member of a huge, Democratic liberal organization called the Los Angeles entertainment business,” says one record producer he's worked with. “It's very wise he's going incognito.”

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