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<p>Jackson Harris sheds light on the meaning behind his latest EP entitled, "Sharks & Vampires."</p>
September 11, 2019 5:00PM
How would you describe your style of music?
Honest pop rock that tells a story.
Which song on the album is your favorite?
Depending on my mood, my favorite song will change to reflect how I feel.
Were you born with a natural ability to sing, or did you have to work for it?
I think I was born with an ability to sing, but I had to work on it like any other skill. Your voice is like muscle that you need to work out and train.
Your rise to recognition resulted from your cover of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' hit "Empire State Of Mind," a video was added to YouTube in 2010 and has since amassed over 200,000 views. How did this video help launch your music career? Did someone come to you with a record deal?
I wanted to create a video that stood out among the other covers, and as a New Yorker that song is special to me. I wanted to put my take on a genre that I am not used to covering. I was lucky enough to have a nice build of views and that helped give me the chance to collaborate with other great YouTubers!
How is social media, such as YouTube, helping young performers break out to a larger audience?
Social media is all about connecting with the people that like your music. You need to be real, but it gives you the ability to reach people who can relate or just enjoy your style.
In early 2014, you released your second EP called "Sharks & Vampires." What's the meaning behind the name of the album?
The title of the album plays on the double meaning of the words. We have all dealt with 'vampires' who try to suck us dry of our energy and those 'sharks' that will hunt you down to steal your happiness. I like the title because it makes people think.
How is "Sharks & Vampires" different from other EPs and singles you've released in the past?
The songs are all written by me and produced by me, and I think there's an honesty that isn't seen in most music today.
Do any of the songs on your new album have an extra special meaning to you?
All of them have special meaning to me. They all came from a place of real emotion. It's like they are little chapters of the story of my life.
If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be and why?
John Mayer because he is an idol of mine, or Justin Timberlake due to his incredible music career.
September 11, 2019 4:57PM
You've toured with Fifth Harmony, Cher Lloyd, and Cody Simpson. What has this experience taught you?
Work really hard. Be nice to everyone and treat your fans like family. Every artist I have been lucky to tour with has been incredibly talented and so welcoming to me and my team.
If you could relive any one performance, which would you choose?
I would say performing all over Europe this summer with Cody Simpson was an amazing experience. If I could relive that whole tour that would be amazing!
What's the one thing you can't live without while on tour?
My cell phone and camera. I like to keep contact with friends and family back home, and have a camera to capture all the memories.
What's your favorite and least favorite part about being on the road?
My favorite part is meeting new people and performing my music for fans. My least favorite part is being away from my friends and family.
Lucy Hale played your love interest in your 2012 music video "Come Back Down to Earth." What was it like working with her?
She was so sweet, talented, and beautiful. She's got so much going for her and is well on her way to being one of the best new young entertainers! Lucy is truly a gem.
Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
John Mayer, Jay-Z, Billy Joel, OneRepublic, Coldplay, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Queen, Maroon 5... The list goes on and on...
When did you first realize you wanted to make a career out of music?
I was about 12 years old when I really started practicing and taking my singing and music seriously. By then, I knew it was something I loved and wanted to do for the rest of my life.