Jason Ayres | The Acoustic Sessions

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The Acoustic Sessions

by Jason Ayres

Acoustic pop/rock with a slight alternative edge.
Genre: Pop: Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hold On
3:20 $1.50
2. Everything I Say
3:26 $1.50
3. Chasing Ghosts
2:56 $1.50
4. She Knows
3:15 $1.50
5. Sometimes
3:43 $1.50
6. Too Late
3:41 $1.50
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Influenced by the rhythmic pop of John Mayer, the vocal stylings of Jeff Buckley and the storytelling of Dave Mathews, 23 year-old Jason Ayres is a West Australian based singer-songwriter who delivers a unique brand of acoustic pop tunes.

As a solo artist, Jason has built a passionate fan base, from young teenage listeners to baby boomers, all finding a connection in his music.

After touring the major cities of Australia and South Africa, it was evident that the lack of media attention had actually been a benefit to this aspiring artist, allowing him to fly under the radar and enabling people to discover him in an organic way, forming a bond between performer and listener that is extremely rare in this fickle era.

After performing alongside artists like “James Cruikshank” (The Cruel Sea), “Jez”, Perth favourites “Toby & Code Red”, and having supported one of South Africa’s top bands “Lonehill Estate” during one of his South African tours, Jason has developed his own style and grace on stage, always being faithful to the songs, himself and his listeners.

With no banging drums or screaming electric guitars, his debut recording
“The Acoustic Sessions” sees Jason Ayres stripped back, and performing at
his most intimate. Just an acoustic guitar, his voice, and quality songs.

“The Acoustic Sessions” is out now! ! !

“Ayres is an artist whose voice and talent will take him far in this overly remixed industry. An artist with so much more to offer. . .”

Elizabeth Crowder
The Daily Vault (U.S.A.)

“a wonderful debut. . .”

Evolution of Media (U.S.A.)

"... a charismatic and sincere performer who delivers quality songs."

Drum Media (Australia)



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Daily Vault (.com)

When I think of what makes a good musician, I think of the ability to write and play your own music, as well as the willingness to play that music without the glitz of studio backgrounds and backing tracks. Some singers are only good straight from a studio, and the singers that can put on an amazing live show or acoustic disc are becoming few and far between.

Jason Ayres is just such a performer. His voice sounds like a blend of Adam Levine from Maroon 5 and Davy Jones of The Monkees, as this 23-year-old Australian performer has toured all over his home country as well as through Africa. Publicity for this disc has been mainly through Ayres' MySpace (www.myspace.com/jasonayres), and his official website (www.jasonayres.com) provides music clips online and a link to purchase from iTunes.

With his first album, the acoustic sessions, Ayres provides six tracks with just himself on guitar to back up his passionate vocals. "Chasing Ghosts" stands out as a pleading song of despair, anguish and aching vulnerability. The falsetto Ayres exhibits is not screaming or abrasive, but clear and honest. In "Hold On" he begins with basic chords, showing an old school melody with timeless lyrics to "Hold on to what you got." Basic songs of love, loss and life are sometimes the most poignant to a listener.

The second song on the acoustic sessions, "Everything I Say," is clever and unique, with lyrics of sadness through a playful tune. That melody drowns out the lyrics of "Are you happy now?" and "I wish I never spoke / everything I say is used against me in some old way." No excuses or reasoning, which is common in the songs on this album.

My personal favorite on this short CD is "Sometimes," a surprisingly candid song about how no matter what we are all human, making mistakes and falling down. The guitar picking Ayres plays in the background is different than the rest of the album, and his voice seems more cynical than in other tracks, such as the lyrics "Although you radiate like the evening rain / You are human all the same."

The acoustic sessions is simple, clean cut and blatantly honest about life. Ayres is an artist whose voice and talent will take him far in this overly remixed industry. An artist with so much more to offer, Jason Ayres is a guy to keep your eye on.

Review by: Elizabeth Crowder