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    Jason Reeves

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    Genre:Indie, Pop
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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Entwined lyrics
    2How Many Hearts lyrics
    No Lies lyrics
    Jason Reeves feat. Colbie Caillat
    4Song For Jack lyrics
    5Just Friends lyrics
    6Vietnam lyrics
    7When Life Was Good lyrics
    8Through The Morning Light lyrics
    9Alone lyrics
    10Skydive lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1You're My Best Friend - Single [2012]
    2Patience For The Waiting (Special Edition EP) [2009]
    3Hearts Are Magnets [2006]
    4Makeshift Aircraft [2003]
    5More In Love With You (Feat. Nelly Joy) - Single [2012]
    6The Magnificent Adventures Of Heartache [2007]
    7The Nervous Mind Of Love [2004]
    8Caged Birds Set Free (Deluxe Edition) [2011]
    9The Lovesick [2011]
    10Back With Me - Single [2012]


    Jason Reeves (born July 1st, 1984) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He grew up in Iowa City, Iowa before locating to California in 2005, where he began a long-standing working relationship with producer Mikal Blue and singer Colbie Caillat. He released his own music and co-wrote many songs with Caillat, most notably the songs "Bubbly" and "Realize." He signed to major label Warner Bros. Records in 2008 with the help of Kara DioGuardi and released an album and an EP with the label. In 2011 he self-released the album The Lovesick.

    Early Life

    Jason Reeves was born on July 1st, 1984 in Arlington, Texas and relocated to Iowa City, Iowa when he was around 3 years old with his father, a worker at Maytag/Whirlpool and his mother, a food stylist/ice skating teacher. When Reeves was five years old his mother started him on piano lessons, lessons that he continued for five years before quitting. After the piano, he began to take drum lessons for a few years, before eventually settling on the guitar at 17 and teaching himself how to play. Around this time he began listening to artists such as Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin and James Taylor, which he'd later cite as personal influences.

    In school Reeves was involved with various choirs and vocal groups, even touring Europe with the Midwest Honor Choir in 2002. During this time he also performed in a band with friends and recorded his own CD with a local community music program.

    Early career in Iowa

    Reeves began to get into musical recording at the end of high school, with his first CD being a self-produced album with a run of about 200 copies. After graduating high school, he went on to attend college at the nearby University of Iowa but quickly dropped out due to a lack of interest. He continued on with music, playing at local venues and bars. For the next two years he continued to play around Iowa City and self-released two albums with a local producer, Ken Heaton. These two albums, Makeshift Aircraft (2003) and Nervous Mind of Love (2004), were sold at his shows as well as on independent online music seller cdbaby.com.

    Around late 2004/early 2005 he was contacted by California producer Mikal Blue who was interested in working together. Blue became aware of Reeves through his own manager, Anna Rambeau, who herself became aware of Reeves through cdbaby.com. Blue offered to have Reeves come out to his California studio, Revolver, to record some tracks together. Reeves accepted and flew out to Los Angeles, California, with the intention of recording and coming back to Iowa.

    Mikal Blue and Colbie Caillat

    Reeves arrived in California around February 2005 and met with Blue to begin recording songs. Shortly after arriving, Blue introduced Reeves to a young female singer he was working with, Colbie Caillat. Caillat and Reeves formed a quick friendship and Caillat's family invited Reeves to stay with them during his recordings with Blue. This eventually became Reeve's home as he decided to stay in California and not return to Iowa.

    Caillat and Reeves began a working partnership, hanging out and co-writing many songs together and playing local venues. Caillat also introduced Reeves to the social networking site Myspace, using the site to release music they wrote. After the release of the Blue-produced EP Hearts Are Magnets in 2006, Caillat and Reeves kept composing and posting songs to Myspace.

    Coco and The Magnificent Adventures of Heartache

    Caillat was gaining traction and attention with her music on Myspace, leading her to be declared the No. 1 unsigned artist on the site. This attention lead to a record deal for Caillat with Universal Republic Records. Using the material that Caillat had worked on with Reeves, Caillat released her debut album Coco in 2007. The Mikal Blue-produced album featured 10 song co-written with Reeves. The lead single from the album, the Reeve's co-write "Bubbly", was a commercial success, reaching up to the top 5 on the Billboard charts. The song "Realize", which featured vocals by Reeves, also performed well on the charts. Reeves and Caillat would eventually win ASCAP awards for these two songs.

    Reeves continued to work on his own music as well, and in 2007 self-released the album The Magnificent Adventures of Heartache (And Other Frightening Tales...), which was again produced by Mikal Blue. The album had modest success on iTunes, debuting at #2 on the folk charts and went to being named one of the top indie albums of the year on iTunes. He also had popularity as an artist on Myspace, being named the site's #1 unsigned folk artist for nine months.

    Kara DioGuardi and Warner Bros. Records

    In 2007/2008, Reeves was playing many shows around Los Angeles and had residencies at places like the Hotel Café. Kara DioGuardi became aware of Jason Reeves after the release of his album The Magnificent Adventures of Heartache and listened to the CD during a long car trip. As the vice president of A&R at Warner Bros. Records, she contacted Reeves and eventually got him signed to the label. DioGuardi and Reeves would end up working together on music, most notably co-writing the song "Terrified" which they would perform together on YouTube and Lopez Tonight. The song was later covered by Didi Benami on the ninth season of American Idol and Katherine McPhee for her sophomore album Unbroken and featured vocals from Reeves.

    Now signed to major label, Reeves' recently completed album, The Magnificent Adventures of Heartache, was re-released under the Warner Bros. Records label in 2008 with four remixed tracks. Songs from that and previous albums would also be featured on TV shows such as Army Wives and One Tree Hill around this time. Reeves also began touring nationally to support The Magnificent Adventures of Heartache with musician Tyrone Wells.

    Reeves began work on an EP and also doing co-writing sessions with Colbie Caillat for her second album, Breakthrough, as well as writing sessions with other artists. He did more frequent bouts of touring, including a May 2009 Vespa-sponsored "green tour" with Brendan James and Amber Rubarth that focused on environmental friendliness. Near the end of 2009, Reeve's EP Patience for the Waiting was released by Warner Bros. Records.

    The Lovesick

    Reeves had completed material for a new album, The Lovesick, with producer Adam Smith in Nashville, in early 2010 but was unable to release it due to label woes. The album featured collaborations with Kara DiaGuardi and Colbie Caillat. Warner Bros. Records would eventually release a track from the album, "Helium Hearts", as a single in July of 2010. Months passed and Reeves was dropped from Warner Bros. Records, but was allowed to keep his master tapes. He self-released the album The Lovesick in August of 2011, a whole year after the initial single was released and nearly four years since his last full-length album.

    Reeves also continues to work as a co-writer, writing songs for such artists as Lenka, Angel Taylor, Demi Lovato and the Japanese group Kimaguren.

    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Reeves_(songwriter)

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