Jon McClure, known as the Reverend, is lead singer and frontman of Reverend and The Makers and ex-vocalist of 1984 and Judan Suki. He claims that the name "Reverend" became his moniker because "I'm a big mouth and always running on at people".
Jon McClure was born in the Sheffield suburb Grenoside in 1981, and grew up there with his parents and brother Chris. He gained a first class honours degree in history and politics at the University of Sheffield, where he met many musical friends and colleagues, although he has known Ed Cosens since childhood and in Notre Dame High School, Sheffield. He then went on to become a poet, and began blogging on the internet. A close friendship developed with Alex Turner lead singer of Arctic Monkeys, who McClure met on a bus and asked if Turner wanted to join his band at the time Judan Suki. Together the two have co-written songs including He Said He Loved Me, The Machine (both feature on The State of Things) and Old Yellow Bricks (featuring on Favourite Worst Nightmare). McClure cites his key influences as being Bob Marley, Oasis and John Cooper Clarke. One of his favourite books is Nineteen Eighty-Four, a novel by George Orwell and inspiration for the name of his former band 1984.