Jared Mahone live show reviewed in Columbus Alive

Jared Mahone Sensory Overload

Sensory Overload: Jared Mahone embraces good times in feel-good Brothers Drake performance

By: Andy Downing, Reporter

From the March 26, 2015 edition

A celebration was in full effect when Jared Mahone took over a crowded Brothers Drake Meadery & Bar on a recent Friday.

The cause was twofold, as the concert marked both Mahone’s birthday (hence the colorful, frosted mini-cupcakes resting by the merch table) and the release of his new solo-acoustic EP, which was just distributed digitally to everyone who preordered the album via his PledgeMusic page.

For at least the first hour of the split set, which stretched late into the evening, the music matched this feel-good vibe, with Mahone, backed by a versatile five-piece band, moving through soul and funk-kissed tunes that served as aural confetti of sorts. Throughout, the musician’s songs exuded an almost unwavering sense of optimism, and even on those rare moments when he fell to the mat he bounced back up swinging.

“[I’m] down for the moment, but not out for the count,” he crooned on one number, prodded onward by slinky guitars that suggested Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition.”

Elsewhere, relationships took center stage. Mahone dedicated one song to his wife — a tender number constructed atop electronic drums that mirrored a steady heartbeat. “I’m not the best dude, but I found a girl that makes me way better than I am,” he offered in introduction. A second song penned in honor of his grandfather referenced blood ties and those guardians who watch our steps and attempt to keep our paths clear of debris. On “No Me,” a lightly funky number spiked with hip-shaking synthesizer, Mahone even suggested his very existence relied on another, singing, “There’s no me without you.”

But even in those more existential moments the music never felt burdened or weighted down, and Mahone’s voice, as smooth as pond water on a windless day, assured that even his most wrenching, confused admissions sounded somehow hopeful and steady. “It’s all out of control,” he crooned on one tune, though his even tone suggested it was anything but.

Other songs, in turn, were pure, untethered fun — a musical reflection of the feel-good vibe that permeated every aspect of the evening. Such was the case on a giddy version of Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time” where Mahone unleashed a brief-yet-memorable falsetto shriek that sounded like the vocal equivalent of loosening one’s tie.

Jared Mahone named Best Male Artist in the 11th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards

Columbus independent singer/songwriter Jared Mahone was just named Best Male Artist in the 11th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA). Mahone’s original song, “From: Joe To: Betsy” was submitted for the competition and won him the recognition, topping entries from more than six different countries along with an entry featuring Michael Buble. Pop artist Meghan Trainor is also a past IAMA recipient.

“I am honored to represent my Columbus music scene in an international competition,” Mahone said. “Receiving this award just makes for a bigger celebration in releasing this new acoustic EP in a few months. I can’t wait to get these new songs out to our crowd.”

Mahone has just finished recording his third album of his independent music career, a 5-song EP entitled “Content”. The EP is scheduled to release in April 2015. His latest full-length release, “Mixtape” also received national recognition as its original songs helped name Jared Mahone as Verizon’s Indie Icon, and got the attention of producers of the Katie Couric show who invited him to perform live on national network television.

Now, Mahone has partnered with PledgeMusic in New York City to launch a Web site where people can pre-order the new EP, as well as take part in special exclusives for a limited time. He believes that the music he creates should also support his local community, so he has decided to donate five percent of the pre-order sales to benefit Music Loves Ohio, a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for children of all backgrounds in Central Ohio to learn, perform, and record music. Matt Crumpton, founder of Music Loves Ohio, also co-wrote one of the songs appearing on the new EP.

The IAMA reviews music from across the globe to recognize excellence in acoustic music performance and artistry. Along with Mahone receiving Best Male Artist, they also announced top winners in the following categories: Best Female Artist, Best Group/Duo, Folk/Americana, Instrumental, Alternative and Country/Bluegrass.

For more information on Jared Mahone’s PledgeMusic page, visit www.pledgemusic.com/jaredmahone.

For more information on the International Acoustic Music Awards, visit www.inacoustic.com.

Our PledgeMusic Page is now LIVE!

Hello friends!

I am happy to announce that we have just finished recording a solo acoustic 5-song EP to be released later this Spring. We are too excited not to share this release a little early with those that are closest to us. So, please join us for this very special event here on our new PledgeMusic page to pre-order this release and be the first to hear it, as well as take part in some fun exclusives and adventures together.

www.pledgemusic.com/projects/jaredmahone

On this page, you can pre-order the new EP, as well as take part in some really fun, limited-time exclusives and experiences. Purchasing any of the exclusives will get you a digital copy of the new EP before anyone else, as well as an all-access pass to exclusive posts from the band including video updates, special offers, and the chance to leave your own thumbprint in the making of this new EP project.

This page will only be up until March 20th, so pre-order the new EP and become a part of this project before it’s over. Also, 5% of everything ordered during this time period will directly benefit Music Loves Ohio. Learn more about this non-profit at www.musiclovesohio.org.

As, always thank you so much for your support and involvement over the years, and now during this special event! I can’t wait to get this new EP to you.

Jared

To visit the page, go to www.pledgemusic.com/projects/jaredmahone