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After years of family car trips filled with The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and The Stray Cats on the stereo Jason picked up his family's knack for singing. At the advice of his wise mother, Jason began taking piano lessons at 7, under the pretense that if he learned the piano, he could learn any other instrument. After a few years, he joined his middle school band chasing after the cute older girls on the clarinets. When drums seemed to be a cooler option, he switched to percussion. Around the same time, Jason discovered and wiped the dust off his father's Ibanez Les Paul knock off. The discovery of an old amp and the volume that could be achieved and the surfing sub culture lifestyle sent him on the path to punk rock and a little punk rock band of his own which lasted well into his college years.
All of that changed on an excursion to Australia where he studied abroad for 6 months in Newcastle. A local friend's borrowed acoustic guitar, the discovery and dedication to learning the traditional Aboriginal instrument called the didjeridoo (a termite hollowed tree branch), and being opened up to Ben Harper's perfect marriage of acoustic intricacies and classic driving rock on the Burn to Shine album caused a shift in gears for Jason that was a catalyst for something fresh and new.
The result has been a growing collection of instruments and influences from the places he's traveled to or dreamt of going. Over time he learned to make didj's from locally harvested bamboo, collected more authentic ones on return trips to Australia, was inherited a set Highland bagpipes which he was taught to play by Pipe Major Andy Simpson of the Scots Guards performed with the Port City Pipes and Drums, was introduced and taught the saz from a zealous shop owner in Turkey, and has performed with the Soko African Drum Ensemble on djembe, among other things. As time has passed, Jason has traveled near and far but more recently has stuck closer to home in his collecting of sounds and instruments. A returning to a fondness for Americana and Bluegrass has introduced more traditional instruments into his current style of songwriting such as the resonating slide guitar, banjo, and more specifically the mandolin, which he has used primarily for crafting his newest songs along with his new band, The Midatlantic.
The music continues to tap into many different influences for an eclectic style of folksy world beats and acoustic melodies punctuated by spiritual lyrics that often relate back to love, relationships, and the sea. Raised on a barrier island off of NC and after over a decade of marriage these elements are foundational in his songwriting. Live shows range from introverted haunting acoustic testimonies that draw the listeners into an intimate glance of struggle and questioning life's intricacies to wide open outcries that reach for light and the unanswered questions of the universe. It’s as interesting to watch as it is to hear. After performing for over four years in the South East region of the US as a solo artist, performing on stage with a variety of acts including Josh Garrels, Braddigan, mewithoutYou, Madonna Nash, Firework: The Katy Perry Tribute, and composing soundtracks for documentaries, vignettes, and working occasionally as an audio engineer for the local film industry, Jason has spent the past couple of years focusing on running a film production business and a new musical project called The Midatlantic, which is still in its infant stages.
Outside of his musical passion he still finds time to stay in the water, keep a couple of beehives, tend to his organic garden, and spend plenty of quality time with the love of his life.