Jackson Harris is an up-and-coming 23 year-old singer songwriter from
New York, working his way into the spotlight. Growing up surrounded by
the influence of a musical family, it was clear Harris had the right
people around to set him on the proper path to success. His mother is
Broadway producer Dede Harris, whose current hit musical is the hitSomething
theatrical connection had a big influence on what he grew up listening
to. With mother’s encouragement, Harris set out making a name for
himself in city of New York.
Harris began playing at small venues. Eventually he worked his way up
to earn coveted positions opening for acts such favorite pop acts as
Cher Lloyd, Cody Simpson, and Fifth Harmony. With an impressive
collection of covers under his belt, Harris finally put out his own
and Vampires, in 2014. It was received with great praise
from critics and fans, especially hitting the mark was the track “Miss
Harris is also very involved in using his music to make change. He has
participated in various charity organizations, such as Musicians on Call
at children’s hospitals, which entails him going from room to room
singing to patients. He has also been very active in charity concerts.
He has participated for causes ranging from homelessness awareness to
some big collaborations and accomplishments already behind him, we
checked in with him to see what he has in store for the future, what
inspires him, and what he hopes to achieve. Stay on the lookout for
Harris’ new music because it is definitely something you’re not going to
want to miss.
What first inspired you to become
involved in the music industry?
You started out doing covers. Do you write all of your own songs now?
I write or co-write all of my own material. I need to have some form of
myself within the songs, because I don’t feel like singing anyone else’s
songs is true to me. Whenever I make something I want it to feel like a
journal entry of my life.
Where does the inspiration for your songs come from?
Girls help. The ex-girlfriend definitely had influence on a lot of
different songs; for good and bad obviously. I got to learn how to love
and how to be broken up with and what that entails. I got to learn a
lot about myself in that situation, so I try to capture a lot about
love, growth, and also hope for whatever the future may be.
What artists do you consider your musical style similar to?
try to take what John Mayer does with his musicality and guitar and mash
it a little bit with what Ed Sheeran does with his songwriting and the
way he can turn a phrase. I also love someone like Justin Timberlake,
who has such incredible production and can put on an amazing show and
bridge that gap of R&B and pop. Really mix musical worlds.
If anyone, who do you aspire to be compared to in your musical career?
person in the music industry that I would love to not only achieve what
he’s achieved, but work with in the future is Ryan Tedder, the lead
singer of OneRepublic, which is one of my favorite bands. He as a
songwriter has done such amazing work, writing for Justin Timberlake,
Beyonce, and people you’ve never even heard of. His song writing
credibility is insane.
Is there any message you hope your career can convey to aspiring
same message I get from artists I listen to, whether it’s The 1975,
Billy Joel, Drake, Nick Jonas or anyone in between. It’s about just
feeling inspired to want to go make something of yourself. Feeling
inspired to get through the day. Or finding a voice or solace in
someone else’s story, because you’ve been there too. It’s just allowing
my music to soundtrack those moments in your life.