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Jason Masi / Press

“There is a real retro, classic soul element to this. That works really well. Sure, this is modern, too. It also works into other territory like country and jazz. I suppose it’s best to describe this as modern pop music with a lot of soul and more built into it. Whatever you call it, though, this is strong.”

"The sound is that of the golden era of popular music in the Eighties and the Nineties when musicianship mattered! But the beauty of this record is the use of all mod-cons forcing Masi’s relevance into the modern world. Masi should achieve good support from radio and appears to be a critical darling in certain places like Virginia and all over the Radio, but I am left bemused how he is not yet a household name. It’s not a case of all the elements being present but the final product being missing as the songs, the musicianship, the production, and the performance all knit together beautifully-even brilliantly. Maybe I’m lucky enough to be in on the ground floor? Maybe things are just about to kick on for Masi?"

“Jason Masi is easily one of our top-requested acoustic performers and his full band is always well-loved whether a typical club booking, or corporate or festival event. I book approximately 5000 events annually and work with 500+ acts but Jason is always one of the first musicians to come to mind when I am seeking acoustic or variety band entertainment. He has a wide variety of material that suits any occasion and  I'm always confident the client will be pleased when they book Jason or his band for their event or venue. He consistently receives remarkable feedback from our clients, and is an absolute joy to work with. ”

- AMBER THERESE-FOSTER - VP OF LAST CALL ENTERTAINMENT

"To be honest I can’t say enough about Masi’s overall appeal and signature sound. While the deep soulful lyrics and impressive musical talent seem to reach far beyond his years, an unmistakable and pulsating youthful energy permeates his songs. There is a certain fearlessness in the music. Combining a present voice, versatile guitar skills and a spectrum of emotion, Masi is emerging as a formidable emotional man's writer and musician. His songs resonate, and are as likely to move you as they are to get stuck in your head..." "Masi has a sound that favors many male pop artists in the late 70’s like Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, The Band and Bread but with a modern-day feel. In this respect I can also hear Joe Purdy, Griffin House, Eric Hutchinson, Barefoot Truth and Animal Liberation Orchestra. I’ve never heard an artist so skillfully combine so many genera’s into one unique sound."

“Most would agree most popular artists out there have something truly special to give to their fans. This goes above the typical attributes like raw talent, amazing songs, nice voice, or even a very marketable look, sound & image. There’s something truly infectious at the core of these artists that simply makes us feel good when we listen to them. Whatever “it” is – they all seem to have “it”. ... "most famous artists out there have “it” I’m not so sure what “it” is but Jason Masi has whatever “it” may be."..."Let me go on record and say Jason Masi is a SONY record deal waiting to happen. I also wouldn’t be surprised to hear his music on Prime Time Radio someday or even featured in a Major Motion Picture or TV production in the near future."”

"Right from the start it might be easy to just categorize Masi as some straight ahead young and run of the mill folk rocker, and write him off as the newest trending thing around the East Coast. It wouldn’t be wise, though."...some bands and artists can deliver music that’s pretty straight forward, conservative and painfully simple yet brilliant in scope. Bottom line: they make it look so easy. Furthermore in lieu of the amazing string of songs Masi has delivered on “Life is Wonderful” it almost feels as if he’s on to something, well special. This latest release from Masi is a one of a kind CD from a one of a kind artist that’s closely tied to classic pop, blues-rock-soul, but has a more modern light rock sound to it. Bravo to Masi for being himself, going against the pop grain and releasing powerful music. Jason masi will please a wide range of musical personalities in the process."

"Masi manages to capture a sound that is old yet surprisingly fresh all at the same time. Trust me when I say there are legions of fans waiting for this guy to arrive..." "this CD may be the most impressionable, genuine, artistic CD Ive heard this year...Jason Masi and his production team have the courage to write and play music the way he wants to. A far cry from the sell out corporate puppet show bands the masses are scratching their heads at. Whereas 90% of the bands could care less about this approach as they just want to make labels happy. This is one of the most important attributes for me when reviewing music."

"Multi-talented singer-songwriter Jason Masi is plowing a row for himself as an independent artist in a field where having a unique and distinctive sound is becoming increasingly uncommon. A talented singer-songwriter his vocals blend naturally with the rich instrumentation and the songs are imbued with a classic feel reminiscent of new folk favorites like Blitzen Trapper, Iron and Wine, or even some of the folksier songs from The Shins." ..The Bottom Line: {} Jason Masi is well-suited for audiences that enjoy all the typical conventions of Folk-Pop-Americana and more. Even slight elements of Singer/Songwriter mood music and earthy Jazzy pop. Expect great things from Masi as his cult fanbase gets established along the East Coast and beyond. I feel there’s a disgruntled audience out there just waiting for him to arrive with open arms."

“Jason Masi seems to be punching all the right tickets. He is a hot running artist/band from Virginia. His latest 11 track offering is entitled “Life is Wonderful” and is accessible by most anyone that has a heartbeat...”

“All songs are a skillful combination of modern pop rock yet with a slight Alternative Rock aftertaste that will remind you of Daniel Powter, Shayne Ward, James Blunt and James Morrison to John Mayer. Masi has the creativity and songwriting prowess to be extremely dangerous. There is also a unique quality to this catalogue that breaks the mold when compared to the mundane pop-rock that’s been filling the airwaves lately. What am I trying to say – well let me start by saying there is nothing fake and superficial about Jason Masi. Not every square inch is filled with musical ambience delivered under duress – but musical space that allows the music to breathe on its own with passion that cannot be faked. Equally as impressive is how marketable this catalogue truly is. It covers so much ground and despite this it manages to not spread itself too thin across too many lines – nice touch.”

“...Balance & Pull’ is a very down home, simple album, more often stripping things down to just the man & his guitar. Masi has a very soulful voice and rides a fine line between folk-rock and country twang. You can clearly hear southern roots in his music along with bluesy riffs and wonderful story telling. ‘Balance & Pull’ makes for a great record to relax to. The songs are mellow and soothing as is Masi’s voice and playing. Themes of faith and finding happiness in what you have are echoed throughout the album... - Little Rat Bastard”

Little Rat Bastard

“Best known for filling the frontman role of Richmond-based roots rockers Jubeus, singer and songwriter Jason Masi has ventured into some reprieving solo territory during the past year with the release of his album, “Balance & Pull.” Trading in his band’s amalgam mix of alt-rock, funk grooves and jam-based soul for a laid-back inhalation of Americana, using plenty of brushing percussion, slide guitar, Wurlitzer drones and plinking piano runs. Comfortable in its lounging tempos and jazz-invoking mellowness, it’s near impossible not imagining Masi as a perfect male foil to someone like Norah Jones. - Style Weekly”

Style Weekly

“...the first thing that strikes me while listening to this 11 track album is how passionate it sounds. It is definitely a mix of a bit everything, all from roots country to folk rock and soul to alternative blues. Why not describe Jason´s music as Willie Nelson on a picnic with Dave Matthews Band playing songs by John Mayer. I really like the groove in these songs that shows what a good songwriter Jason is... - melodic.net”

melodic.net

“The debut solo release from Jason Masi who is probably best known as a member of the band Jubeus. Balance & Pull features nice, smooth, hummable songs that might best be described as American-inspired organic pop. The tempos are solid yet laid back...and the vocals delivered with appropriate restraint. For an underground release, Pull has a great deal of commercial appeal. We could easily hear these songs being picked up by commercial radio or as backing music for any number of cable television programs. Eleven soothing cuts here including "Dust & Bone," "In The Afternoon," and "Ease Your Worried Mind." Good solid stuff delivered with heart and soul. -LMNOP aka dONW7 (babysue.com)  ”

babysue.com

“ Jason Masi’s favorite note is a positive note..."the indie rocker sees the brighter side of seemingly any situation." {Jason Masi} has made quite a name for himself over the last five-plus years, jammin’ at small cafés and with big names such as Everclear and Blind Melon...the long-haired, loveable guitarist has earned the respect of audiences across our region. Last year, Masi released his second album—outside of the work he’s done with Jubeus—titled “Life Is Wonderful.” The album is Masi to a T—it’s open, honest, refreshing and features a blend of folksy rock that can bring a little sun to any cloudy day. Think modern-day Jack Johnson meets classic Bill Withers—it’s enough to give you a nice winter tan...The Masi live experience is a luminous hybrid of Masi’s original tunes and classic rock covers. He takes pride in his ability to perform more than 250 shows per year, all while making sure each and every performance is unique...”

JESSE SCOTT - THE FREE LANCE–STAR

“....Plenty of jangly guitar, banjo, mandolin, organ and time-worn vocals...Masi knows how to write songs. Even better, he knows how to perform them....There's more than a touch of soul (think Mike Younger, especially the references to the Band), and everything is delivered with style. Masi doesn't oversell anything, leaving these songs with just enough of a laid-back feel to pull everything together...the plethora of sounds frames these songs well. There isn't a hint of strain anywhere, which is impressive and unusual.-aidabet.com”

aidabet.com

“Something of a local hero in his native Richmond, Virginia, Jason Masi, front man of rootsy rockers Jubeus has decided to try his luck, as so many do, with a solo album. The way he tells it, it happened almost accidentally and organically, as a recording session for some acoustic chilled songs just grew. Chilled out it most certainly is. It grooves a little, it’s on nodding acquaintance with the funk, but at its core this is laid back sofa lounging music. Its major USP though is Masi’s voice, which is one of those soulful ones that could make the back of a cornflakes packet sound sultry. He can emote with the best of them too, notably on “Being Alive”.-Americana UK  ”

Americana UK