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Jamey Geston / Press

“This year’s Avocado Festival Main Stage shows included a breakout performance by local songwriter Jamey Geston. The seasoned Carpinteria teen showcased her rhythm guitar skills and captivating vocal style. She’s a platinum blond who knows how to bend notes. Her Saturday evening concert was to close with an inventive cover of the Beatles song “All My Loving.” Geston’s intriguing version shifted rhythm as the chorus kicked in. The large crowed wouldn’t let her leave. They called out for an encore, shouting “one more song!’” Geston obliged by playing one of her own compositions. It seems this young vocalist has found her sound.”

“Jamey Geston may only be 14 years old, but she’s already showing a sense of poise and promise that belies her age. Geston’s voice is sweet, powerful, and surprisingly nuanced. She name-checks everyone from The Kooks to Joni Mitchell as influences (we hear traces of Vanessa Carlton and Regina Spektor) and pens her own songs to boot. Oh, to be young.”

“BIG SURPRISES AND SMALL VICTORIES AT NAMM 2013 ...Solo. A girl, and a guitar. ... Plays both guitar and uke with a driving, aggressive right hand... that makes the instrument work hard to establish a hard edge and cascading rhythm...a disquieting, dark counterpoint to the girl-song sing-song that no one that young has done since an early Joni Mitchell. ... To list all the great artists that played at NAMM last week, you’d need about 10 yards of screen. But none had a better platform than this girl had.... A small victory for a new voice.”

“TEENAGERS ON THE RISE: - JAMEY GESTON ... a dynamic performer and a prolific songwriter. ... She showed confidence, maturity and incredible stage presence as she performed solo with her guitars, ukelele and piano. ...Geston makes each cover she does her own, and covers a wide range of artists. ...she may be only 14, but Geston is a seasoned professional with a long career ahead in the music business.”

“TOP TWENTY TO WATCH 2013 ... here's my list of the indie artists to watch in 2013: ...Jamey Geston - This young lady is only 14, but already has an endorsement from Daisy Rock Guitars and performed solo on the Main Stage at the NAMM Show, where such acts as Tower of Power, Legends of Rock and California Transit Authority also played. ...If she continues to grow as she has this past year, she has the skills to be a mega star.”

“FAVORITE MOMENTS AT NAMM Among my favorite shows were Caleb Quaye (Elton John's first guitarist); Stanly Jordan, Muriel Anderson and Tierra Negra, of Verona, David and Devine and Jamey Geston. ...Speaking of Geston, I was truly impressed by the way she carried off a solo effort on the same stage that had played host to Tower of Power, the Legends of Rock and the California Transit Authority. ...she owned the stage and turned in one of the finest performances, making this NAMM the best ever for live music.”