We recently had the pleasure of getting to know the wildly dynamic and talented Seth Hilary Jackson through his brilliant new album entitled “This One’s For You”.
Upon listening to the incredible intro track “You’re a Diamond”, it became undeniably evident that this artist is truly something special. It is an unfortunate reality in the current world of music. Recently, it seems as though fearless, ambitious artists are becoming more and more rare and undiscovered. This is mostly due to an unapologetic desire by most new-coming artists to shamelessly reach into existing successful markets, void of any integrity, and follow an incredibly safe musical formula of commercially appealing and catchy tunes. Powerful messaging and honest content in music has been sadly lost due to this trend; it is growing more and more apparent that the main driving force behind many new “artists” entering the industry is simply a thirst for fame and money.
Seth Hilary Jackson has effectively carved out a unique identity, while creating something addictive and entirely digestible.
To give a brief overview of Seth’s colorful past; after years of flirting with the idea of pursuing music exclusively, he left the corporate world and made the move from the East Coast to Los Angeles to study songwriting at the Grove School of Music. After completing the program, he started visiting Nashville, Tennessee on a regular basis and learning the craft of writing songs to pitch to country artists. This led to his appointment as Coordinator for the Los Angeles Chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI). Eventually, he expanded into writing pop music.
Impressively, dozens of Seth’s songs have been placed with recording artists and in film and TV. Several made the Top 10 on the European Country Music Association airplay charts with one hitting #1 and another reaching #2. His song, “X-Ray”, recorded by German pop band Hella Donna, made it to #20 in the world on the Music Worx deejay chart and was the #1 download. Seth received front-page news coverage and a Presidential invitation to the White House for his song, ‘Pfc. Ross A. McGinnis”, honoring a war hero who sacrificed his life to save his friends. Private McGinnis was posthumously awarded a Medal of Honor, and the song was performed at the US Army reception following the Medal of Honor ceremony. This remains one of Seth’s proudest moments.
Seth Hilary Jackson’s “This One’s For You” showcases a sound that is refreshing and passionate, while the content of the music remains entirely relatable and hard hitting. Versatile vocals shine through alluring acoustic guitar-work, masterful lead electric guitar, while a wildly groovy rhythm section adds undeniable character to each track. This makes for a wildly diverse and lively musical experience. The artist not only acts as a unique innovator; but he also effectively channels his deep, emotive, and resonating vision through an impressive command of the country, folk, pop, rock, and alternative genres. To be more precise, Seth’s overall sound is an amazingly varied fusion of these aforementioned genres. It is almost as if he effectively unleashed his wide-spanning musical tastes and influences into a giant boiling caldron, seasoned it with style and flair — and much like a mad scientist, stirred ferociously until what has emerged is unrecognizable — an infectious concoction of delicious sound. Each song covers a range of topics from silly love songs to songs about personal struggles and social/political issues.
After making the commitment to write and independently produce his debut album, Seth admits, “As an independent artist, it was liberating to be able to choose the songs he loves without having to go through music industry middlemen and gatekeepers.” This gave him the freedom to choose a variety of material covering a long period of time, including songs written decades ago to ones written just days prior to going into the studio.
“Broken Promised Land” particularly stands out upon first listen. The sonic landscape crafted within this track alone fully encapsulates the dynamic nature of the album as a whole. The track showcases a fusion of sound that feels intimately roomy, well-balanced and evocative, with a great focus on acoustic guitar-work and engaging electric guitar, smooth bass, and driving percussion. The sounds resonate, merge and surround the listener in a sort of sonic ecstasy while maintaining a strong driving beat. Seth really shows off his outstanding vocal abilities and remarkable songwriting skills.
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Another immediate favorite, “If this Song”, utilizes a similar approach. The song is fantastically sequenced with each unique layer packing a distinct punch. Impressively, Somewhere within this ambitious and inventively crafted track there’s an amazing injection of anthemic and powerful instrumental and vocal pieces and that flow in an alluring and seamless nature. The audio production is nothing short of spectacular. This is especially remarkable considering the music itself is ferociously dynamic and unrestrained. Kudos to the production team behind this release. The infectious vocals are intertwined perfectly with each evolving and ever-changing layer. It is a tireless listening experience and easily maintains your interest throughout. “Always Fighting” further builds upon this notion. With the powerful and effective backing of guitar, bass, and driving percussion; Seth proves that his vocal prowess is simply just one example of his many strong assets. Each vocal performance is authentic and memorable for his thoughtful lyrics.
“This One’s For You” is definitely one of those increasingly rare transcendent debut albums that doesn’t abide by the typical genre limitations and standards. Regardless of your specific musical tastes, regardless of any bias or animosity that you may have against the acoustic-focused genres; the sheer uniqueness and thoughtfulness of the songwriting within this album will inspire and ignite applause and appreciation out of even the most reluctant listeners. Shying away from the typical clichés of the plethora of genres that he borrows inspiration from, Seth Hilary Jackson has a remarkably unique style and sound which he maintains throughout the album. He certainly veer away the indie folk/country genre’s increasingly tired tendencies, creating a listening experience that feels entirely new and unpredictable. “This One’s For You” oozes with integrity, musical ambition, and fearless creativity. This release is definitely a trend-setter and sets an unbelievably high standard for artists hoping to break through into the scene.
We highly recommend you check out this album. We rate it a MUST LISTEN!
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Official Website: www.sethhilaryjackson.com New album “This One’s For You” can be found here.