b. 8 Sept 1973, Columbia, Maryland, USA. Nation and folk merged with rap isn’t a typical union of well-known musical styles, nonetheless it is a installing explanation for the music that singer-songwriter and acting professional Jason Downs focuses on. Downs (who’s component Cherokee Indian) got his begin in showbusiness as an acting professional, employed in both regional theatre and tv young. Shortly after getting into his teenagers, he travelled to NY to accomplish some television advertisements (including places for Sega VIDEO GAMING and Shield Cleaning soap), in addition to appearances in films including John Waters’ Hairspray and Whoopi Goldberg’s Clara’s Center. By age 17, Downs’ primary focus got shifted from performing to music, as he started writing his personal original compositions, similarly influenced from the Beatles, the Everly Brothers, Dusty Springfield, Dwight Yoakam, as well as the Beastie Males. His music profession had to have a back again chair to education, as he enrolled at Pepperdine University or college in Malibu, California quickly later on, and was accompanied by his relationship to his long-time sweetheart. He relocated to Arkansas to reside with relatives however the relationship crumbled after just a few weeks forcing Downs to go once again. This time around he came back to NEW YORK, where he went to NYU (and graduated having a BFA in episode). Producing ends meet during this time period by operating like a caretaker for a flat complicated, Downs struck up a companionship with Lauryn Hill’s supervisor, who also resided there. On the effectiveness of a demonstration, Downs was quickly put in connection with maker Tag Passy (most widely known for his use MC Lyte and Sound Two). Downs started working with previous Sound Two member Dairy Dee, leading to paths that merged nation and urban noises together. A single recording agreement with Jive Information ensued in the first twenty-first century, that was followed by the discharge of Downs’ debut, Light Boy USING A Feather (early functioning name, Between A And B), in past due 2001. Despite spawning three singles, ‘Light Boy USING A Feather’, ‘Felines WITHIN THE Cradle’, and ‘Cherokee’, the record didn’t ignite the graphs.