...My World already is drawing comparisons to classic albums by U2, R.E.M., Radiohead and Bruce Springsteen, as well as the recent work of acclaimed artists such as Ryan Adams and Coldplay.Official Press Release
My World Released
Scott Jackson's "My World": A new CD and two concerts at Tsillan Cellars Winery amphitheater in May.
VANCOUVER, B.C., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Scott Jackson, the Vancouver, B.C.,-based singer and songwriter who is being hailed as "the next great voice to come out of Canada," will perform two concerts at Tsillan Cellars Winery's majestic outdoor venue in Chelan, Wa., in May.
The shows on May 15 and 16 coincide with the release of Jackson's new CD, "My World," a disc that darts in dizzying and often-poignant directions. "My World" already is drawing comparisons to classic albums by U2, R.E.M., Radiohead and Bruce Springsteen, as well as the recent work of acclaimed artists such as Ryan Adams and Coldplay.
The CD, which will be released in the U.S. and Canada on May 1, was produced at Hush studios in Vancouver over seven months. The CD is being produced by Jerry Wong, Producer and guitar player of the West Coast Music Award winning rock band “Damn the Diva”. Wong believes "My World" has a #1 song in the track "What Are We Waiting For?" - a modern-day lament of love and hope that recall's U2's "One."
Jackson will appear at Tsillan Cellars Winery's outdoor amphitheater as part of the winery's summer concert series. The venue features a state of the art sound system and a stage on an island in the middle of a pond. Three waterfalls, a view of Lake Chelan and the Cascade Mountains provide an inspiring background.
The amphitheater (www.tsillancellars.com) holds only 450 people, so tickets are expected to sell out fast. (people can get tickets at Tsillan Cellars Winery. 509-682-9463)
Born in Northern Saskatchewan, in the heart of the cold Canadian Prairies, Jackson, a committed athlete who has always had an interest in music, bought his first guitar at 21 and began writing his own songs. In 1992, he moved to Vancouver on the West Coast of Canada.
In 1995, Jackson released his debut CD, "Via Satellite," his first step into the Vancouver music scene. He later formed a band called the Bedouins, which eventually changed its name to MK Ultra and recorded the album "Apple."
With a hard-driving sound similar to The Cult and early U2, "Apple" spent five weeks on top of the HMV Independent charts. The disc landed the band 2 Music West headline shows as well as an opening slot for Nickelback and local radio play on 99.3 The Fox. It also drew interest from major record labels.
Unhappy with the direction that the band's next CD was taking during writing sessions, believing the songs sounded too much like the previous recording, Jackson sent Wong an acoustic demo of "What Are We Waiting For?"
Jackson describes the song as the modern-day version of "Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May" by Romantic poet Robert Herrick. Wong listened to the track and phoned Scott the next day, saying that he couldn't get it out of his head and that they should record it.
Jackson submitted 20 other songs. Wong picked eight for "My World," which features an all-star lineup of Canadian rock musicians: Guitarist and Producer Jerry Wong (guitarist with Bif Naked, Damn the Diva, and Loverboy); Bassist Doug Elliot (the Odds, Collin James, Sharkskin, Craig Northey); Bassist Thom Christiansen (Econoline Crush, Josh Kelly, Damn the Diva)Drummer Pat Steward (drummer with Bryan Adams, Matthew Good, The Odds, Collin James, Craig Northey); Keyboardist Simon Kendall (Doug and the Slugs, Cowboy Junkies and Genie award winner for the music score for Canadian Drama "Cold Squad"); Bassist Tony Marriot (bassist for Jeff Buckley); Vocalist Craig Northey (the Odds, Composer for the Movie "Brain Candy")and Aaron Grant, a multipurpose musical genius who lent his drumming and back up vocals to "Welcome to my World".
The CD's tone at times is somber and thoughtful, with tracks like “Beautiful" "What Are We Waiting For?" and "Black and White." At the same time, the songs "My World," and "Right or Wrong" balance the album with an uplifting mood.
Jackson says the album is about moving forward in a difficult time, as war wages and uncertainty consumes the world, and as his family still tries to come to terms with his beloved brother in-law's drowning during a family reunion at Lake Chelan a week before Sept. 11 , 2001.