Favorite Blue Mic: Snowball
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Home Town: New York, NY
Single from Album: "Come Back Down to Earth"
Produced By: Valentin, John Harvey, Gordon Brown
Record Label: 77 East Records
While he did attend a prep school in Riverdale, NY, wear a blazer every day and take classes in the 9th grade that you probably didn’t take until you went to college, he didn’t fit in to a cookie cutter mold of the prep-school boy. “I pretty much knew since about 8th grade what I wanted to do. I wasn’t a good student; I just wanted to graduate so I could focus on my music. I couldn’t do my homework – it wasn’t that I didn’t understand what was being taught or being asked of me, it’s just that I would spend my time after school writing songs and learning to play music.” With a noticeable “ear” when he banged out tunes on a tiny toy piano at the age of three, to being moved out of the chorus to a solo spot in a lower school play, there was never any doubt to Jackson where his career would lie. However, this wasn’t what was expected from a student at one of the top schools in America. Instead of immersing himself in his studies, he immersed himself in music. First it was the James Taylor and Michael Jackson his mother played him, then the ‘N Sync and Backstreet Boys his sister made him listen to (“It gave me a good sense of pop, and melody and schooled me on what girls want to hear.”) and later, the Fallout Boy and My Chemical Romance his suburban friends would introduce him to. While a good story is in the telling, Jackson made it his business to tell those tales in four-minute capsules. The creation of his songs comes from the strength that motivated him to challenge opportunity. His musicality is the outcome of lessons learned by living a life that is uniquely Jackson. While his exposure to many of the better things was plentiful, he never used it to get further. Instead he infused himself with a complete confidence, he taught himself to play guitar by watching musicians such as John Mayer and Coldplay on YouTube, and got to work.
With his four-song EP and newly released single “Go Crazy” under his belt, Jackson’s fans are clamoring to his YouTube and Twitter pages. Realizing he can change lives with his music, Jackson no longer stresses out when he’s at parties. “Now, when people ask me where I went to school, I say UCLA – Under the Corner of Lexington Avenue!"