quote When asked what he sounds like, Jackson is unashamed to wear his influences on his sleeve and reply “if you put Tom petty and U2 in a studio together, the Scott Jackson sound is what you might end up with!” quote

Maple Ridge News article: Two dads and two guitars

Music has always been a big part of Darren Morrey’s life. The 39-year-old millwright from Hammond Cedar who wrote the book For You, My Son, Life Letters now has a CD called Acoustic Reflections under his creative belt. “I’ve always enjoys listening to everything under the sun,” says Morrey, who’s spent the past 20 years working at the Maple Ridge saw mill. He began playing the guitar and singing in his late teens and has discovered music is another gem he’d like to pass to his sons Mark and Luke. Morrey recently gave them guitars with the hope that they too will learn to play. “It’s an awesome feeling when my sons are humming or singing along with songs,” says Morrey. The folksy Acoustic Reflection, just like Morrey’s book, is inspired by family, friendship, faith and nature. “Every song is a reflection from my life’s journey over the past 20 years,” says Morrey. “Quite honestly, I’m not trying to go anywhere or become anything with my music. I’m quite happy being an amateur.” Morrey has already sold 100 copies of Acoustic Reflection since he recorded the opus this year. “I enjoy sharing my music with other and if some people can connect with my songs and it brings a little enjoyment for them, it gives me a sense of satisfaction.” On Sunday, Morrey teams up with Scott Jackson, an accomplished singer-songwriter from Maple Ridge whose music has received rave reviews and airplay in Canada, and the U.S.. Jackson, a father of two children, has a deep connection with his kids and always shares his new songs with them first. “They always tell me what they think and if they don’t like a song, I drop it,” says Jackson. Following Jackson’s debut release My World, producer Jerry Wong (Damn The Diva, Bif Naked, Loverboy) signed on as music collaborator. Wong subsequently produced Jackson’s current full-length album Distractions, a back to front ensemble of strong songwriting, tied together the rootsy sounds of the American Alt-country akin to Ryan Adamas and the Jayhawks with the ache of Brit pop favorites like U2 and Coldplay. When asked what he sounds like, Jackson is unashamed to wear his influences on his sleeve and reply “if you put Tom petty and U2 in a studio together, the Scott Jackson sound is what you might end up with!” • Morrey and Jackson play Café-O-lei on Sunday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. To learn more about Scott Jackson, visit www.scottjacksonmusic.com. Darren Morrey’s book For You, My Son, Life Letters can be purchased at Black Bond Books and Save-On-Foods in Maple Ridge