Young Blues Sensation Jarekus Singleton to Perform in Allentown on 6/11
Date: May 20, 2016
"Stinging blues guitar and potent, original songs herald the emergence of a major new talent." --USA Today
"Jarekus Singleton is an exciting new young blues guitarist with melody, hooks, swagger and a strong, original voice. His lyrics are modern, personal, acutely poetic and deeply mature." --Washington Post
Musical trailblazer Jarekus Singleton, touring in support of his Alligator Records debut, REFUSE TO LOSE, will give a free performance at Blues, Brews & Barbecue in Allentown on Saturday, June 11, 2016. Singleton melds hip-hop wordplay, rock energy and R&B grooves with contemporary and traditional blues, turning audiences of all ages into devoted fans. With his untamed guitar licks and strong, soulful voice effortlessly moving from ferocious and funky to slow and steamy to smoking hot, Singleton is a fresh, electrifying bluesman with a bold vision for the future of the blues. Concert information is as follows:
Date: Saturday, June 11, 2016
Event: Blues, Brews & Barbecue
Venue: Downtown Allentown - PPL Plaza Stage
Address: 800 Block of Hamilton Street
City: Allentown, PA
Ticket price: Free admission
*See website for complete event information
Video of Jarekus Singleton performing "Crime Scene" from Rawa Blues Festival:
Springing from the same Mississippi soil as Charley Patton, Muddy Waters and B.B. King, 30-year-old Jarekus Singleton's cutting-edge sound - equally rooted in rap, rock and blues traditions - is all his own. REFUSE TO LOSE features a scintillating guitar attack and lyrically startling original songs all sung with a natural storyteller's voice. Produced by Singleton along with Alligator Records president Bruce Iglauer and recorded at PM Music in Memphis, the album is an impossible-to-ignore first step onto the world stage. With songs telling real life, streetwise (sometimes funny) stories brimming with surprising images, pop culture references, infectious rhythms and unexpected musical twists, REFUSE TO LOSE unleashes a new wave of blues for a new generation of fans.
Singleton has been tearing up clubs and festivals across the South, and performed twice at the world-renowned Chicago Blues Festival. He has been featured at South Carolina's Lowcountry Blues Festival and Festival of Discovery as well as many other festivals in the South and clubs throughout Mississippi. With the addition of high-visibility performances including Springing The Blues Festival, Biscuits & Blues in San Francisco, The North Atlantic Blues Festival, The PA Blues Festival, The Cincinnati Blues Festival, and the Festival International du Blues de Tremblant, Singleton is on the cusp of international stardom.
Born into a family of church musicians and vocalists on July 11, 1984 in Clinton, Mississippi, Jarekus Singleton was immersed in gospel music as a child. Taught by his uncle, Jarekus began playing bass guitar at age nine in his grandfather's church band. He later switched to lead guitar and began to sharpen his instrumental and vocal skills, falling in love with the music of all three Kings (B.B., Albert and Freddie) as well as Stevie Ray Vaughan, rappers Twista and Jay-Z, and even country artist Brad Paisley. In his late teens, Jarekus pursued a career in basketball, becoming a top-seeded national player in college until an injury took him back to his music full time. For a short period he performed as a rap artist, writing his own lyrics. Before long though, he began combining his rap wordsmithing with the music of his Mississippi heritage, creating a thoroughly modern, masterfully
updated take on the blues.
In 2009, he formed The Jarekus Singleton Blues Band, quickly building a reputation as a tremendously gifted musician and performer. Jarekus self-released his first CD, Heartfelt, in 2011, and fans and media quickly took notice of these brand new original songs. Singleton was named a "star on the rise" by Blues & Rhythm magazine in the UK. Guitar Center named him the 2011 King of the Blues in Mississippi. He received the Jackson Music Award for 2012 Blues Artist of the Year and for 2013 Local Entertainer of the Year. The Jackson Free Press named him the 2013 Best Local Blues Artist.
Living Blues praised Singleton for his "emotional intensity" saying he "blends styles and elements across genres and generations." Audiences at his shows run the gamut from older blues fans to younger rockers and rap aficionados, all of whom call him their own. "Blues is honest music," says Singleton, who, with REFUSE TO LOSE, is determined to put his own stamp on the genre. "I love the blues tradition, and have always been inspired by the masters. But I want to create something for today's audience that is as original and new as those blues masters were when they first started making records. I want to create blues for the 21st century."