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A fresh, young 24-year-old singer-songwriter with big dreams and an ever-expanding fanbase, artist Jamie Kent’s future as a performer looks quite promising. Drawing on influences from modern artists like Jack Johnson and Jamie Cullum, as well as paying tribute to classic greats Johnny Cash and Frank Sinatra, Kent’s perfectly mellifluous tunes are roll-the-windows-down, soak-up-some-sun kind of good. . Since the release of his debut album “Neoteny,” the singer-songwriter is currently collaborating with his trio, Jamie Kent & The Options, to cultivate a sound with a strong folk and jazz influence. In the past year they have toured extensively across the US, playing over 200 shows. Additionally, they have received national radio play on 120+ stations, and recently signed licensing agreements with MTV, VH1, Bravo, and The Discovery Network!.
As an independent musician Kent has also created a unique business model to support himself full time. “The Collective”, as it’s called, is a community of his Kent’s most loyal fans, friends, and advisors who support his career from day one, and reap the greatest returns from its growth. “Partners” in The Collective provide financial support and creative consultation in return for free access to exclusive cuts of his music, live performances, the coolest merchandise, and a voice in the major decisions he must make throughout his career. Already The Collective has fully funded Kent’s first year and was able to vote on and determine the album art and album order of his debut record.
Though by day Kent is a full time musician, by night he often transforms into his alter ego “The Mischief Man”. This generally manifests itself in fantastic PR stunts that conveniently spread the word of Kent’s music through new distribution channels. For example, this past summer Kent and a group of fans secretly planted his album in every single NYC Starbucks (171 to be exact), filmed the process, and turned it into a hilarious music video for his song Mischief Man (right). In a music industry that has become the Wild Wild West, Kent is an independent artist shaking things up and blazing his own trail to success.
The show starts at 7pm. on Sunday October 23. For tickets or more information, visit www.vintageredding.com or call (530) 229-9449.
For more tour dates, music, and videos of Jamie Kent, visit www.jamiekent.com.
What: Jamie Kent live at the Vintage Wine Bar
When: Sunday, October 23, at 7 p.m.
Where: Vintage Wine Bar & Restaurant, 1790 Market Street, Redding
-from press release
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