Music Monday: Lucas Jack

Lucas Jack

Lucas Jack

I spend a lot of time scouring the internet searching for great music to share with all of you. And once in I'll have that "moment". You know what I'm talking about. It's when you hear that song that instantly connects with your soul. It soaks deep into your bones and jolts all your senses. Lucas Jack's music does that for me, and I think you'll agree that he's a true artist. Lawyer turned musician, Lucas has found his passion, and I'm thankful that he's here to talk with you. Read on, listen closely and smile. :)

What is your name?

Lucas Jack

Describe your music style to our readers.

Piano-driven singer-songwriter indie-pop. I write and perform most songs on the piano. My band is a 4-piece (piano, guitar, bass, and drums). The songs definitely harken back to the golden era of piano rock (Paul McCartney, Jackson Browne, Billy Joel, Elton John, Randy Newman, Leon Russell, etc.) but with a modern edge (Ben Folds, Sara Bareilles).

You have a fascinating backstory. Can you share this with our readers?

I grew up in a small town in Michigan called Otsego. At 16, my family moved to Kalamazoo. I went to college on a choir scholarship in Michigan, intending to study music, but ended up earning a more marketable/practical degree in accounting. After college, I moved to Chicago to attend law school. After passing the bar, I practiced law for several years in Chicago, until I decided that I was going to pursue music as a full time profession. In 2012, I moved to Texas and began writing and performing music. Since moving here, I have played well over 100 shows and released 2 studio albums ("The Chicago EP" in 2012 and "Sun City" in 2013). People often ask me how long I've been playing the piano. The answer is always the same...as long as I can remember. I cannot think of a time in my life that I didn't love banging on the piano keys. Although I took up music "full time" in 2012, I had been writing and performing music my entire life. I was a church pianist for many years, starting at age 13. In high school and college I played and sang at cigar bars, private parties, dueling piano bars, weddings, etc. In Chicago I was in several bands that regularly gigged and played festivals, but it wasn't until 2012 that I decided to make music my career.

Your lyrics and music are profound. How do you create a new song?

I generally start by writing the verse and chorus of a song sitting at the piano. Sometimes I will sit there for hours trying out different chord progressions and riffs until it sounds right. Once I have the melody and "hook," I move to the computer, where I finish writing the verse lyrics. Then i return to the piano and play the songs over and over until I get a good idea for a bridge. After writing the bridge, I bring the song to rehearsal and work out the arrangement with my band.

What do you like most about a live performance?

I love how time completely stops whenever I'm performing. Being on stage is the best feeling in the world.

I watched your music video for "Don't Get Carried Away". What is it about your music that makes people smile?

"Don't Get Carried Away (Curtis)" is a song I wrote about a cruise that I took (the first and only cruise). The lyrics are basically a collection of vignettes and impressions I took from the people and places I met and saw...including Curtis and his family. He was quite a character and a very nice guy. I think people smile when they hear that song, because they can relate to one or more of the characters or themes. Also, I often write lyrics about everyday, real-life emotions, which are not all flowers and love. But I set those lyrics to playful, fanciful music and melodies. It's that juxtaposition that resonates with people, I think.

What are 3 things many people don't know about you?

Honestly, there isn't much about me that I keep hidden from anyone. That may be more of a curse than a blessing. But here are a few things. I drive a big white van named "Vanna White." I am the worst video game player of all time. Sandwiches are my favorite meal, hands down.

What are your goals for the upcoming year?

This year I am looking forward to recording a third studio album. I hope to start touring the country more extensively. I also want to become a better guitar player.

 

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by MRH, CMO

Posted on December 9, 2013 .