A fresh, young 23-year-old singer-songwriter with big dreams and an ever-expanding fanbase, local artist Jamie Kent’s future as a performer looks quite promising. Drawing on influences from modern artists like Jack Johnson and Jamie Cullum, as well as paying tribute to classic greats Johnny Cash and Frank Sinatra, Kent’s perfectly mellifluous tunes are roll-the-windows-down, soak-up-some-sun kind of good. . Since the release of his debut album “Neoteny,” the singer-songwriter is currently collaborating with his full band, Jamie Kent & The Options, to cultivate a sound more instrumentally rich and jam-band influenced
Neoteny is Jamie Kent’s debut album and is a true reflection of his personality, song writing, talent, and aspirations. The album takes listeners on a journey through the depths of Kent’s mind, touching on experiences in his life that we all can relate to and introducing us to characters that have emerged through Kent’s playful nature and heartfelt imagination .
Beyond the music, Kent is a passionate environmentalist, playful cynic, and a carefully planned mischief maker. He loves comfortable clothing, high fives, cool hats, good beer, good people, and is terribly addicted to fantasy baseball. He has been writing music for about six years, and studying voice for about the same. He has proudly played in a Mariachi band, performed in an a capella group, and crooned for a sixteen piece big band. He’s pretty sure that he is a better singer than guitarist. He is an only child. And last but not least, Kent possesses a legendary patch of hair on his back known as “The Man Patch.” He occasionally discloses too much information about himself as well. )
Reviews of Kent’s music have stated that he “possesses a great voice and a fearlessness to be admired as he drifts through glimpses of blues, jazz, and rock notes that suggest Steely Dan influences without being derivative.” He has been called a troubadour, entrepreneur, and vocal sensation. “With an authentic voice that often evokes the moaning grooveness of Chicago’s Bobby Lamm, he’s got tremendous range, a unique playfullness, and a certain fearlessness. But he’s got that other intangible, too; that thing makes you addicted to his live shows.” said another review.
Recently, Kent launched “The Collective”, a new model aiming to support himself as an independent musician. In essence, The Collective is a community of his most loyal fans, friends, and advisors who support his career from day one, and reap the greatest returns from its growth. “Partners” in The Collective provide financial support and creative consultation in return for free access to exclusive cuts of his music, live performances, the coolest merchandise, and a voice in the major decisions he must make throughout his career. Already The Collective has supported Kent in the early months of his career and has already voted on and determined the album art and album order of Neoteny.
Lastly, to find out the latest bits of awesomeness regarding Jamie and his music, check out www.jamiekent.com. Join the newsletter, check out the blog, and perhaps explore the potential of becoming a Partner in The Collective! Also, Jamie’s slowly but surely becoming part of all those social media things (facebook, myspace twitter, etc…), so be sure to connect there as well!