Genres:Folk, Country - Contemporary/Pop, Country - Alternative, Pop Rock, Pop - Adult Contemporary, Rock - Roots Rock, Rock - Pop Rock
Singer, songwriter and guitarist Jesse Brewster's sound fuses a Rock/Americana style he describes as "Tom Petty and Lynyrd Skynyrd get into a bar room brawl with Neil Young and John Mayer." Brewster's parents brewed his love for music at an early age. There was always something on the record player, be it Willie Nelson, The Stones or Bob Marley. At the age of 12 he started his first band with his brother Jim on drums and childhood friend Uriah Duffy (Whitesnake, Christina Aguilera) on bass. "I can't remember a time in my life when music wasn't important to me," he says. “It’s the greatest medium allowing you to express anger and rebellion, playful sarcasm, tenderness and beauty-it’s everything.”
Brewster spent years touring with various bands as a guitarist and backup vocalist until he decided the time was right to break out on his own. "The singer-songwriter world was relatively new for me," he admits. "While I'd always loved singing, I was focused on the guitar." Focused, that is, until he could no longer hold back the urge to create his own music.
Jesse’s creative spark was lit by a major catalyst, charity. He created his debut album, Confessional, as a benefit record to raise funds and awareness of Polycystic Kidney Disease. One track in particular, "One Reason," was written in memory of Brewster's brother Jim who passed away in 1998 from PKD. "I have worked extensively with the PKD Foundation" he says, "since the release of the album, I help organize events and perform in support of finding treatment and a cure for PKD."
In the past few years, Jesse has maintained a busy tour schedule coast to coast. Whether it’s with the full band or solo acoustic, his shows are electrifying and filled with dynamics and superb musicianship. “My goal is always to create moments, it’s the ultimate way to get songs across” says Brewster of his live shows.
Songs "God Fearin' Man, "All She Deserves" and "Consider This" have garnered widespread acclaim and turned Brewster into one of the Bay Area's artists-to-watch, thanks also in part to the numerous magazine and newspaper interviews as well as radio and festival appearances. Here Magazine said of his EP: “The title track is an aching, heartfelt love ballad with an anthemic chorus and sweet harmonies that avoid superficial sentimentality and the kind of cloying cliche´s that doom lesser talents.” In addition, Brewster's song "My Great Escape" has also been in regular rotation on San Francisco’s KFOG 104.5 FM, and was featured on KFOG's "Local Scene, Vol. 6" album, benefiting music in schools.
His 2011 release, Wrecking Ball at the Concert Hall, has received rave reviews across the U.S. and Europe. For 2013, Brewster decided to go a different route to release his new album with a project called March of Tracks. Instead of a full length release, he’s taking the 12 songs slated for the album and recording/releasing 1 single per month for a full year (March of 2013 to March of 2014), and compiling all the songs at the end into a full length release. “I’m loving recording the songs in this way” he says, “it allows me to work with a variety of studios and players, and focus 110% on each song. The trend has definitely shifted back to the single, and I’m happy to give fans my music the way they want it.”
For tour dates and more info, visit www.jessebrewster.com