Jason MacDonald’s passion for music plays out in a driving acoustic fashion with energy, wonderful storytelling and a warm personality that connects immediately with his audience. With nominations for Nova Scotia Folk Artist of the Year and Best Pop Recording by the East Coast Music Awards and most recently a 2009 Top Honours Indie International Songwriters Contest under his belt, Jason is about to add another chapter to the rich musical heritage of his Cape Breton home.
Jason crafts songs with the same artistry and tradition of the greats. He hones his skill and knowledge with the professional relationships he has established with many of the leading songwriters and performers in Eastern Canada today. Jason has interviewed many of them for his weekly radio program “Meet the Music” on Cape Breton’s The Coast 89.7 FM.
Performing with some of the best in the industry hasn’t hurt Jason’s abilities either. Jason has shared the stage with Michelle Wright, John McDermott, The Ennis Sisters, Lennie Gallant, Gordie Sampson, Dave Gunning, JP Cormier, Matt Minglewood, Mary Jane Lamond, Ron Hynes, Bruce Guthro, Matt Anderson, Charlie A'Court, Rylene Madison and Jimmy Rankin.
Jason’s debut CD, “Leave My Mark” was released in 2002 followed by “The Day” in 2005. Both were recorded at the acclaimed Lakewind Sound Studio where Jason made his debut as a producer along with veteran Fred Lavery. Critically acclaimed, the releases led to industry award nominations and performances at Nova Scotia Music Week, the East Coast Music Awards and the Canadian Country Music Awards.
In 2009 Jason expanding his fan base in the U.S. with a tour of New England and performances at the Milwaukee Irish Festival. In 2011 he continued to develop his career with release of a a showcase at ECMA 2011, a New England tour and release of a new recording EP.
In 2012 Jason released a new full length CD "Got A Ways To Go" and continues with a busy performance schedule..
2010 Honorable Mention 17th annual Billboard World Song Contest
2009 nominee Independent Singer - Songwriter Association song contest
2009 Top Honours Indie International Songwriters Contest
2008 Honourable Mention ISSA Independent Singer-Songwriter Assoc. Song Contest
2006 ECMA nominated Pop Recording of the Year
2003 MIANS nominated Folk Roots Artist of the Year