Friday, May 25, 2012

Introducing: Jake Mattison

Boxing is a tough profession.  The participant must train relentlessly, and faces a fearsome beating, and potential long-term damage, even in victory.  Jake Mattison was in that world, left that world, and began working in an open air market in Manchester, UK.  From there, his talent as a singer-songwriter was recognized, and he commenced a new career in another tough profession.  Even with all the talent and all the "extra" factors in your favor, success is not assured.  And Jake isn't a pretty boy with a cute haircut; he is a former boxer who is deaf in one ear and only has partial hearing in another.

But I really, really think that Jake is someone you should listen to, someone you could consider supporting in his journey in his new profession.  Why, because the man can write a song, and he can sing a song like few others.  Yeah, he can really sing a song.

A number of modern vocalists claim to sing "soul", and a number of them actually do so, to a greater of lesser degree.  But Jake's voice has the combined tone and grit, and underlying passion, that define soul.  Gloss can be bought, flash can be bought.  Soul has to be real.

"Sorrow" is Jake's new single, release on June 4 on the Laissez Faire Club label.

We'd like to share with you this video of Jake covering Gil Scott-Heron's "Home Is Where the Hatred Is" --

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