Jonathan William Coulton is a Brooklyn-based rock/folk singer, originally from Colchester, CT.
Before he became a musician, he worked as a software designer, and began writing music in his downtime. During this time, he released two albums, inspiring his decision to pursue music full-time. He is a longtime They Might Be Giants fan, and he says that "we share a sensibility that I stole from them." His assistant, Drew Westphal, has also collaborated with the band, notably on their free mobile app.
At one of his shows on October 10, 2009, Coulton, along with Paul and Storm, played Flood in its entirety at a Chicago show so that the folks missing TMBG's Flood show the same night in Chicago would not be disappointed, which was written about in TMBG's newsletter. Coulton, Paul and Storm would later cover all of Flood again in Brooklyn, NY in 2018.
Coulton opened for TMBG at some 2010 shows, during which time John Flansburgh suggested Coulton put together a band and an album which Flansburgh then offered to produce, and directed several music videos for. The album, entitled Artificial Heart, was released September 2, 2011, and featured TMBG collaborators including Chris Anderson of Muckafurgason, Marty Beller, Dan Miller, Dan Levine, Stan Harrison, Joe McGinty, Hal Cragin, and Suzanne Vega.
In early 2012, Flansburgh accompanied Coulton on the second sailing of the JoCo Cruise as an entertainer. They Might Be Giants later joined the JoCo Cruise for its ninth sailing in March 2019, performing a show in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Coulton is the in-house musician for the NPR game show Ask Me Another, which has featured They Might Be Giants and John Flansburgh on multiple episodes.
Coulton also appeared alongside TMBG on the compilation album Many Hands: Family Music For Haiti. He is also a long-time friend and collaborator of John Hodgman, and was mentioned in "Hodgman Promo 1" as the nefarious cat sitter. Hodgman recommended Coulton as an opener for TMBG.