It’s often said that the artists who make it are some of the most persevering people out there, for it’s no small feat to rise above the noise, push past the “no’s” and work hard enough so that your music is heard by the right people! And if there’s any musician who lives up to that billing, it’s Brisbane’s Jason Maynard.
Like most musicians, Jason’s contributed his musicianship and songwriting talents to a litany of bands over the years (most notably The Martins and Griffin), the majority of whom saw success one way or another. From writing smart, catchy songs that turned into singles with considerable airplay and playing well-known music festivals on multiple continents, to being named a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition & Q Music Song Awards and opening for large acts including Pete Murray, Rock Price, The Android, Evermore and Dave Graney, Jason saw it all. However, unlike most musicians, he had the resilience to branch out on his own and show the world what his musical gifts were capable of accomplishing when standing on their own.
The result is Jason’s solo debut, the self-titled Jason Maynard LP that was released in August of 2013. Recorded with ARIA nominated producer / Engineer Anthony Lycenko, the album is a collection of 14 songs featuring beautiful acoustics, poignant lyrics, and immaculate production. His sound, as heard on this album, translates perfectly to the live setting, where Jason has become known as a performer you just can’t predict – one minute playing a slower, reflective tune and the next playing a joyous anthem. To see him live is certainly to experience many of life’s emotional highs and lows in one sitting.
One can only hope this is just the beginning of Jason’s solo output; if Jason Maynard is heard by enough people, chances are he’ll be facing enormous demand for another record in the not so distant future. Until then, check his website for upcoming performances – it’s not uncommon to find him playing one of the Australian Songwriters Association’s events in Brisbane – and make sure to pick up a copy of Jason Maynard ASAP. You absolutely will not regret it.