Performer or artist? Through the mist of thoughtless rhymes and empty lyrics, we still have a beacon of originality awaiting us with upcoming musician Jason Reeves.

Reeves, who describes his music as “honest and real,” has co-written albums with not only “Bubbly” artist Colbie Callait, but also writes and performs his own songs as well. Reeves is currently working on his Helium Hearts tour and is excited to be stopping by UTSA for a performance. 

When a friend let him listen to Bob Dylan and James Taylor for the first time Reeves knew he wanted to start learning how to play guitar and write music. He  found his calling. Reeves said the inspiration came from “the fact that all they [Dylan and Taylor] had was a guitar, and with only one instrument they could tell a story and evoke so much emotion.” 

During a trip to California from his home in Iowa, Reeves went to meet his producer, Mikal Blue, where on his first night he was introduced to Colbie Caillat. Immediately they had a connection, leading to their collaboration on Caillat’s album Coco, also produced by Blue. Reeves credits Caillat with his extended stay in California saying, “I was only going to be in California for a couple of days and now I have been there for 5 years.”

When asked if he believed that working with other artists has allowed him to grow as an artist himself Reeves response was, “I definitely do! The best way to learn art is with other people.” Reeves considers himself “very lucky to have met her [Colbie Callait], she is someone who I have connected so well with.” The experience with Callait was, according to Reeves, “The most surreal thing ever. We actually have worked together to write all her music.”

In 2007 he released Magnificent Adventures of Heartache, and the album was an immediate iTunes sensation. With the success of his 2007 album, Reeves was signed by Warner Brothers Records.

Although constantly on the road, Reeves loves the adventure. “I never really had a home,” said Reeves, “I have been everywhere so it doesn’t bother me.”

His inspiration comes “from being alive. Things that have happened to me directly, I write as these things happen to me.”

Contributing to Reeves growing success are his singles “Helium Hearts” and “Someone Somewhere”, just to name a few, but the road to success has not been an easy one.

The realities of being a starving artist have existed since picking up his first guitar and writing his first song in high school. At the age of 26, Reeves is still working hard and is excited about the journey ahead. “Be insanely patient,” said Reeves. “Figure out what you want to do and don’t give up…do what you love. If you do, it makes everything worth it.”

Jason Reeves will be at the UC fountain courtyard on Wednesday, September 15 from 8:00pm to 10:00pm. One can also check out Jason at www.jasonreeves.com or at myspace.com/jasonreeves.

Reeves, who describes his music as “honest and real,” has co-written albums with not only “Bubbly” artist Colbie Callait, but also writes and performs his own songs as well. Reeves is currently working on his Helium Hearts tour and is excited to be stopping by UTSA for a performance. 

When a friend let him listen to Bob Dylan and James Taylor for the first time Reeves knew he wanted to start learning how to play guitar and write music. He  found his calling. Reeves said the inspiration came from “the fact that all they [Dylan and Taylor] had was a guitar, and with only one instrument they could tell a story and evoke so much emotion.” 

During a trip to California from his home in Iowa, Reeves went to meet his producer, Mikal Blue, where on his first night he was introduced to Colbie Caillat. Immediately they had a connection, leading to their collaboration on Caillat’s album Coco, also produced by Blue. Reeves credits Caillat with his extended stay in California saying, “I was only going to be in California for a couple of days and now I have been there for 5 years.”

When asked if he believed that working with other artists has allowed him to grow as an artist himself Reeves response was, “I definitely do! The best way to learn art is with other people.” Reeves considers himself “very lucky to have met her [Colbie Callait], she is someone who I have connected so well with.” The experience with Callait was, according to Reeves, “The most surreal thing ever. We actually have worked together to write all her music.”

In 2007 he released Magnificent Adventures of Heartache, and the album was an immediate iTunes sensation. With the success of his 2007 album, Reeves was signed by Warner Brothers Records.

Although constantly on the road, Reeves loves the adventure. “I never really had a home,” said Reeves, “I have been everywhere so it doesn’t bother me.”

His inspiration comes “from being alive. Things that have happened to me directly, I write as these things happen to me.”

Contributing to Reeves growing success are his singles “Helium Hearts” and “Someone Somewhere”, just to name a few, but the road to success has not been an easy one.

The realities of being a starving artist have existed since picking up his first guitar and writing his first song in high school. At the age of 26, Reeves is still working hard and is excited about the journey ahead. “Be insanely patient,” said Reeves. “Figure out what you want to do and don’t give up…do what you love. If you do, it makes everything worth it.”

Jason Reeves will be at the UC fountain courtyard on Wednesday, September 15 from 8:00pm to 10:00pm. One can also check out Jason at www.jasonreeves.com or at myspace.com/jasonreeves.

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