Born and raised in Collingwood, Ontario, Jason Redman, is both a gifted writer and multi-instrumentalist. As an indie musician, Jason has performed in and around our community for over 20 years. He is well known for his unique talent, and tranquil personality. His small town upbringing is heard in the music he creates.
Jason’s innate ability to capture any audience has put him in high demand, making music for him, a successful career. He began his career at the age of 13 when he started to play the drums in a band with his brother. That lasted a year until one of his brother’s band members left his guitar at Jason’s house; he picked it up and played the entire week-end. Jason remembers; “there was no turning back”. Nostalgic of the past and playing at parties in high school, he felt “it was a great icebreaker for all. You ended up being on good terms with jocks, nerds, techies, bangers, hippies; everyone”.
Encouraged to impress `everyone’, Jason continues to write and play, needing little inspiration as “hearing other people play” inspires him. The first tune Jason learned on the guitar was, Proud Mary by Creedence Clearwater Revival: an American rock band. He also writes his own music and is “proud of a few songs” such as, “No place like home”, which is a popular one among his friends. Musicians such as Van Morrison, Dylan and Springsteen from the 70’s have influenced Jason, although; he is known to play in as many genres as possible.
Jason plays the guitar, harmonica, banjo, piano and mandolin and “loves finger picking the acoustic guitar”! Jason has released an impressive body of work since his debut self titled album (Jason Redman), which was released in 1999: “Blue Oblivion” (2002), “A Better View” (2004) and “Starlight Drive” (2008), each with its own flavour.
Check out www.myspace.com/jayredman for upcoming gigs, news and music or to book a recording session at his home studio, e-mail email@example.com or to inquire about lessons.
Written by Melanie Vollick, Freelance Writer