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March 8, 2011

STILLY STUDIO VIDEO: Brandon Jackson

'I do it because I love it and it’s me'

STILLWATER, Okla. — For more than years, Brandon Jackson has been entertaining crowds in Stillwater and Texas. But he has been involved in music since a very young age.

“Yeah, music's always been a passion of mine, since I was a little kid,” said Jackson. “And I think it was instilled by my father, who ... plays guitar, plays banjo, plays mandolin and his father played fiddle and piano and played in a bunch of bluegrass bands back in the 30s and stuff, so music's been a part of my life my entire life.”

Born and raised in Edmond, Jackson said he first sang with his father in church at age 5 and hasn’t stopped since.

“I played in bands in high school,” said Jackson. “Kind of did that stuff and we’d go out during the summer and play some ... festivals and stuff like that, but there was never really a solo thing. I was always kind of in bands and playing and just kind of enjoying it.”

Eventually he formed his first band in Stillwater - 12 Pearls.

“That was a band that got started here at Oklahoma State right about, I think it was 99,” said Jackson.

While in 12 Pearls, Jackson met Steve Rice. Rice would open for the band with an acoustic set. Rice later went on to another Stillwater band, No Justice. Jackson’s band eventually dissolved and through Rice, he eventually joined No Justice in fall 2004.

“It came to a point where they were wanting another guitar player and vocalist and so they approached me,” said Jackson. “I had been playing with Steve over a year and already knew most of the songs anyway so that’s kind of how that came about. They asked and I went on and joined up and had a blast. It was really good.”

After five years of great music and great shows, Jackson said he chose another path - a solo career.

“Right at the end of August (2009) is when I branched out on my own,” said Jackson.

After a year and a half of playing acoustic shows and staying in front of fans, he is set to release a new album titled “The Good Times” in April.

“It kind of is almost self-explanatory because this, I feel, is really good times for me,” said Jackson.

The album will feature a full band backing Jackson.

Jackson believes that his time with No Justice influenced and helped him to understand more of the country sound.

As for his solo performances, Jackson said he delivers a high energy set, but also has several ballads and a few slow covers.

“I just put everything out there,” said Jackson. “I have fun and I think if I have fun, the crowd will have fun.”

Between all the hard work he has put in with bands and now a solo career, he said he couldn’t see himself having a desk job.

“I do it because I love it and it’s me,” said Jackson. “I couldn’t see myself doing anything else, certainly.”

For more information on Brandon Jackson or his new album, go to www.brandonjacksonmusic.com or facebook.com/brandonjacksonmusic.

 

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