Jayson Bratten is an Irish musician, singer and songwriter from Longford in Ireland. Jayson’s music influence and style began to develop in the mid 2000’s when he lived in Galway. While busking on the streets of the city of the tribes, Jayson began to come into his own and develop a distinct style and sound. This was further impacted, by his years traveling to Belgium, Canada and Australia. These experiences led to what would be one of the biggest influences of his song writing. Jayson described “The more I traveled, the more people, places and stories I encountered, song writing became a way of documenting my travels and my experiences”. The eclectic mix of music and lyrical influences during this time can be seen, in his profound use of narrative and poignant lyrics in his songs. Soon after returning from traveling this outpouring of creativity resulted in his first album “Sex and Propaganda” which he released in early 2015.
Following the completion of this album, the groundbreaking Folk scene of Berlin, Germany, drew Jayson from Ireland once again. Within a short time, Jayson began to perform in a variety of venues from bars to beer festivals. These performances began to underpin his viability as a charismatic and distinctive artist. His music soon caught the interest of one of Berlin’s regional television channel s “Alex TV”. Jayson showcased his material on the hour-long hit programme INDIEAHNER - Music for your Tipi. This promoted his music even further and his popularity grew in music circles in the burrows of Berlin. After great success with his album in Germany, he decided to return to Ireland and pursue a career in his homeland.
Since returning to Ireland in early 2016, Jayson has been promoting himself and playing in well known venues around the country, such as The Roisin Dubh, Galway, The Button Factory, Dublin and Crane Lane Theatre, Cork, as well as many local appearances around the island of Ireland. He has caught the attention of many well known radio broadcasters and has done a showcase slot on “The Green Room” with Orla Barry on Newstalk and “The Saturday Connection” with the renowned Charlie McGettigan on Shannonside FM. Charlie described Jayson’s song “Linda”; “I was very taken by his music, one song in particular, this track called Linda. What a great song, absolutely gorgeous song writing”.
In the last six months, Jayson has created a new collection of material. He will begin recording his new album in September in the acclaimed Grouse Lodge in Westmeath, which is famous for recording other well known artists such as Michael Jackson, REM and Manic Street Preachers. Jayson will be working on his album with distinguished producer John Henry, who recorded material with fellow Irish artists Ryan Sheridan and Scottish band Simple Minds.
Jayson’s unique singing style, coupled with his gifted song writing has created a unique sound. This writing of raw, stripped back songs has become his trademark. He is undoubtedly one of Ireland’s hidden gems.
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