Serendipitous Musical Finds . . .

To say I am out of the mainstream is definitely an understatement. Living in the middle of nowhere is only part of it … in so many areas, my favorites are things that few other people have never even heard of. I don’t intentionally fight the mainstream world, it just sort of works out that way all by itself. Through fortuitous life experiences, I seem to find and fall in love with a lot of new music that is definitely not in the top ten play lists of the rest of the world.

Ask me who I like to listen to and I will name a few of those famous, popular artists (The Eagles, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, etc…), however, my list contains many more musical performers who are not part of the popular culture (yet). My list of favorites now include many independent artists known and loved by only those who have stumbled upon them or were introduced to them by someone else who stumbled across them. Therefore, with my blog, I would like to do my part and introduce you to a few that I have serendipitously stumbled upon. I will start the introductions with a Minnesota-grown musician and song-writer, Jason Gray.

About 10 years ago (or was it longer than that?) I was invited to a small, musical gathering at a neighbor’s home. It was a Jason Gray house concert (finding any type of concert in the middle of the woods is pretty amazing). I had never heard of him, but was told that he played guitar terrifically .. so, I was there (I love acoustic guitar). It was a very small living room with about 8-10 people packed in tight to listen to him put his heart into a terrific collection of inspirational songs he had written. The time with him was magical and I did not want it to end. He shared the stories behind each song and that added so much more understanding and meaning to them.

It has been 10+ years and I am still sharing stories of that house concert experience with others, therefore, it must be pretty obvious that I loved his music. His beautiful voice mixing with wonderful guitar playing to present inspirational thoughts through song and a little humor are as meaningful for me today as they were when I first heard him. I believe he has a lot of worthwhile things to say and share with us in a beautiful way and I hope more and more people will have the opportunity to hear his music. I have been supporting his efforts over the years by purchasing his new CD’s as they are released and when he is performing in the area, I am there. If you would like to get a feel for that house concert, I recommend his CD “Acoustic Storytime (Live Songs and Stories) with Jason Gray” or his Live CD. (both can be purchased here)

Jason Gray has become more and more popular in the Christian Music community in the years since I met him that evening at that house concert … he is definitely getting more recognition for his work. If you would like to give him a listen there are several places to hear him … Jason is very generous with providing people with free downloads and opportunities to listen to his music. If you enjoy his free listens, I hope you will support him by buying a CD and/or attending a concert and then sharing what you serendipitously stumbled upon here with others. That is how we keep development of new, original music alive and growing.

Here are a few places online to listen to Jason:

a new post at the Rabbit Room which includes a music video
his website has several songs playing (player is in the upper right corner).
Free downloads: “Raising A Father” and “The Golden Boy & The Prodigal.”
His MySpace Page also has a good offering of his music to listen to.

Enjoy!
I would love to hear about any great, little known musicians that you have stumbled upon . . .

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~ by bearyweather on November 7, 2010.

7 Responses to “Serendipitous Musical Finds . . .”

  1. OOOOOOOOOOOOO yay wonderful stuffs!! Thanks, I was sitting here alone and uhmm I’ll call it thinkin, so what if it was stinkin thinkin lol

    Now I can sing!!! Tell him I love it and thanks for expressing it!

  2. Thank you, I just did!

  3. I am always looking for good “new” music (well, new to me, anyway) Thanks for sending me in a direction!

  4. Thanks, I will check him out. I listen to some conttemporary Christian music along with the music of my day and some new stuff! A house concert sounds lovely!

  5. Wow, thanks! Where was the house concert you attended? 10 years ago, wow – way to hang in there with me ;-).

    Thank you, I was blessed today by your generous assessment of my work. Grateful.

    JGray

    • Thank you, I am the one that is blessed every time I listen to your music. I am glad that you found my post so that I could share my appreciation for your music with you.

      The concert was at a home in Northome and a few years after that you came back at Christmas time to a little old theater and a Christmas tree fell on you while you were playing. I am not sure exactly when that was … maybe it was only 8 years ago? 10 years or 8, either way, it has been a long time since you have been to northern MN … we should do something about that.

      I can hardly wait to hear the new songs … any new acoustic ones?
      (my favorite songs are when it is just you and your guitar – guess first impressions are sometimes the strongest)
      Thanks again …. m&m

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