Ladies and Gentlemen…may we introduce to you, the one and only Jason Poe!
Jason is a singer/songwriter born in Springfield, MO in nineteen eighty-something, and he’s been in the ATX for 6 years. He is obsessed with creating cleverly crafted hooks, relying on a piano and leaving his guitar behind. His catchy choruses and thoughtful lyrics leave listeners wanting more (at least that’s what his bio says).
Jason is not only a great musician and writer, he’s a great person and a loyal MFTC volunteer. In fact, he hasn’t missed a single Music For The City Saturday at the Austin Children’s Shelter, he contributed a song to our 1st album, and he’s on board for Volume 2 (coming out October 7)! We are thankful for Jason Poe.
I talked with Jason earlier this month and would love to share what he had to say about volunteering, inspiration and his music.
What’s going on with you musically right now?
I’ve slowly been working on a few new tracks that I’ll be releasing in the fall. I’ve also been working with local hip-hop artist Zeale on some of his new songs, and have been mixing for a few bands. (read Jason’s blog post titled “Am I the next Dr. Dre?” for more info on this).
From where do you gain inspiration?
Lately, I’ve found a lot of inspiration through the music of my peers and friends. There are so many amazing musicians in Austin that it’s hard not to be in awe of the talents that surround you. It also keeps you from getting a big head, because you can get humbled pretty quickly in this town!
What do you love about MFTC, what keeps you coming back?
Music For The City is such a great way for artists in Austin to reach out to their community. The staff at MFTC make volunteering really simple and fun. Once a month, a lot of artists volunteer at the Austin Children’s Shelter, and it’s been such a rewarding experience for me. The children and young adults there really just want to connect with people. It’s as simple as bringing your guitar and just talking with them while they check out the instrument. It’s extremely rewarding.
Why do you think serving through the arts matter?
Art opens up communication that wouldn’t otherwise be available. It’s important to pass on and experience art both in community and as individuals. Volunteering through MFTC has helped me connect with other great artists in Austin, and has given my own art more personal value because I can see how my abilities can impact others in my community. That’s an exciting thing!
Isn’t he great?!
To conclude, here are a few links we highly recommend you check out…one may even include a FREE DOWNLOAD:
Jason Poe on iTunes
Free Download of Now Is The Winter EP
until next time…
Makenzie Magnus, MFTC summer intern