Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Review: Jesse Young “Live Love Learn” [EP]
Jesse Young is a singer/songwriter from Coconut Creek, Florida. In only a few years he has accomplished a great deal, including sharing stages with Jason Mraz, O.A.R., Fall out Boy, and the Steve Miller Band, among others, winning an online battle of the bands competition, beating out more than fifty bands to win the South Florida Band Challenge, and becoming one of six finalists selected out of more than 200 Florida artists to showcase for the Recording Academy at the 2006 Florida Grammy Showcase. Most recently, Jesse worked with Grammy Award-winning producer Zach Ziskin to record his newest EP, “Live. Love. Learn.”, an album fully-funded by fans via Kickstarter.com.
The EP consists of four songs that put the spotlight on the great potential this singer/songwriter holds. Each is meticulously crafted and bursts with energy…radiating sunshine into the room from your speakers. From the opening blasts of the horn-laced “Every Step We Take” to the driving surge felt in the sax-enhanced closer “Shattered”, these four tracks are pop rock heaven. In-between, “Live. Love. Learn.” continues to please with a mid-tempo number called “If You Go”, which is arguably the most commercial in the bunch. Hitting all the right melodic buttons, “If You Go” should be all over contemporary radio. There’s also one ballad – a pretty duet called “Running”. Kickstarters…this was money very well spent!
Check out Jesse Young if you like Ingram Hill, Graham Colton, or O.A.R. Keep your eye on this guy – he should be a household name soon if there is any justice in the musical world.
Jesse Young on MySpace. Official site.
Check out a live acoustic version of “Shattered”: