After a successful release of his EP “A Place to Cross” in April of 2015, Jackson set out on a local campaign to get his music to as many ears in Saint Louis as possible. This resulted in two television and two radio appearances, in addition to 88 live shows between the release of the EP in April, and the end of 2015. As songs continued to pour out, Jackson and his band were quickly band in the studio to begin their first full length album, “About Life”.
The aptly titled album covers topics ranging from nostalgic regret (Hideaway) to cherished memories and embracing change (Tribute and About Life), from caustic love (All the Way Down) to iridescent infatuation (Already there and Amazed by You). But the message dearest to the singer’s heart comes on the stripped down “Call it Fate” - a song based on Howard’s decision to leave his position as a doctor of exercise physiology at Washington University to answer the yearnings of his soul and dive headfirst into his music. About Life is major step forward musically for the entire group.
Keyboardist and producer Marcus Leonard takes a notably larger role in the arrangements as synths, piano and organ accentuate nearly ever track. While the songs are musically intriguing and complex, the album demonstrates a certain pop sensibility that engrains songs in the listener’s mind. From the dance grooves of “Eve”, to the uplifting and empowering anthem “About Life” and down the the heart wrenching soaring refrain of “Hideaway”, the consistent response has been that the songs make an emotional impact, and burrow a home in the listeners ear.