It might be the rich experience with other artists, it might be personal influences, or it might be an old soul, but in combination, they have led to a new collection of songs from Jason Yates that truly represent his artistic voice, a voice that is reflective, vulnerable and earnest.
With his self-titled record to be released by Vapor Records on October 13, Jason Yates has recorded the album he’s always heard in his head.
“When I decided to start this record, I had a real specific way I wanted to do it. I wanted to make sure everything we did was natural. Where we recorded, the players on the sessions and also the songs we were doing. We needed to be having fun doing it, no matter what,” says Jason.
Though he started as a groove-heavy guitar player as a teenager, Jason developed into a go-to keyboard player for an impressive and diverse groups of artists that surely helped shape this approach. In the early ‘90s with Momma Stud, he fashioned a burning mix of rock and funk that found them a solid national following. When Macy Gray started the band that would eventually lead to her record deal and multi-platinum success, Yates was there. When Natalie Merchant chose her band for her first solo tour for the Tigerlily album, Yates was there. When Ben Harper put together his seminal Innocent Criminals line-up, Yates was there time and again. Jason spent five years with Ben Harper, and was an integral part of the band with Harper that recorded the Five Blind Boys Grammy Award-winning album There Will Be A Light, a revered musical testament that melded gospel and rock, a milestone recording that earned an award from the NAACP