At first glance, tall, tan, and extremely handsome are the first things that come to mind when the name Derek Jameson leaves someone’s lips but after five minutes of speaking with Jameson, you find there is much more to his sexy exterior. Inside is a man burning deep with emotions; an extremely private soul who will stay true to himself no matter the situation.
Jameson was the first performer to grace the stage this year at The Crib. His Thursday, January 7 debut was an event not to miss. Before performing, the 27-year-old singer-songwriter spoke with me about who he is and what his album, to be release within the next couple months, is all about.
With Flo Rida’s “Right Round” blasting in the background and the walls vibrating around us, Jameson and I met in the VIP room at the Crib. “I started performing at Great America in Santa Clara” Jameson began. “I was a character. Later, I moved on to performing in the Scooby-Doo show and I was asked to sing.” The combination of singing at Great America and already singing in a band fueled his passion for music.
“I live in Los Angeles now and perform at clubs and special events such as music events and benefits; I am always willing to lend my talent for a good cause. Before coming back to the Bay Area for this show, I had recently performed at a couple clubs in West Hollywood.” Jameson said smiling, “the fans give me so much love in West Hollywood and Long Beach; I love them and thank them for their continued support.”
As Jameson already has a following in Los Angeles, I wondered about his music. “I have been into music since I was 15 but within the last couple year, I have really started pushing my music career.”
“Tonight, I am performing two songs” Jameson began. “The first song is titled, ‘I Got Your Back’ and the second is titled ‘Go Surrender.’ Both songs were written by me and reflect my past relationships. My entire album will take you on an emotional rollercoaster of the ups-and-downs of these relationship; it is very personal.”
Right now, the album, which is titled “For the Safety of Other” but may change, is near competition. Jameson said, “I am working with producers to finalize the sound. We have 18 tracks but I am thinking of cutting that down.”
Jameson took to the stage after speaking with me. The crowd, especially a group of girls at the front of the stage loved Jameson. Backstage, Jameson said, “I loved the crowd, their energy was amazing! There were a group of girls in the front row that already knew all the words to my songs. There were people that have come all the way from Los Angeles to see me perform here tonight.”
After his performance at The Crib, Jameson headed back to Los Angeles. “I have two performances this month and two next month in Los Angeles.”
Jameson said, “Make sure you stick to who you are. I want people to know that you can stay who you are and people will still think you are awesome.”
During my interview with Jameson, he told me about a photo shoot where the photographer wanted him to “expose” himself more. For the photo shoot, Jameson was wearing a button down shirt. He simply unbuttoned his top two buttons and simply told the photographer, “This is as exposed as I get.” Jameson and I both laughed.
With Jameson’s album being release so soon, his music is available online. “Fans can find music from my previous album, ‘Space and Time’ on my myspace. The music is more stripped, more piano and acoustic based” Jameson said.
For more information about Derek’s music, check out his myspace music page at http://www.myspace.com/derekjameson
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