Los Angeles, CA
Music is my life
Singer/songwriter Jason Ryan Taylor has dedicated himself to giving back through music. Jason, a name which literally means ‘healer,’ is using his position in the music industry to bring people together and help mend the human condition.
Hailing from upstate New York, Jason fueled his songwriting through work that deeply touched his heart including working, mostly with children, in summer camps, after school programs, and an adolescent psychiatric hospital where he was a mental health assistant to children going through crisis. With his career starting to take off, Jason played guitar with members of O.A.R. and Guster on the Mayercraft Carrier cruise, hosted by John Mayer, just months before breaking his neck in 2009.
After his recovery he moved to Los Angeles in 2011 to focus on his music career, but continued working on youth issues. His first job in LA was canvassing the streets collecting donations for the over 10,000 homeless children in LA county. Sadly, just a short time after restarting his life, he was in another accident - being hit head on by an SUV in his lane at Hollywood and Highland - cracking his sternum.
Instead of causing Jason to retreat, these injuries lead him to yoga, where he learned to use space to heal, and open his heart. He notes, “The philosophy behind yoga has pointed my efforts toward the betterment of the human condition. I want to use my position in the entertainment industry to bring people together for the greater good.”
In 2014, with a few thousand dollars left from the accident settlement, Jason started Sound Soiree Music Collective to produce records, live events, develop artists, and get involved in the community. In addition to producing the Sound Soiree events on April 11, 2015 and May 11, 2016 to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, he’s played benefits for Unlikely Heroes, a nonprofit dedicated to providing safe homes and restoration to child victims of sex trafficking, the American Cancer Society, support for Syrian refugees, and has a performance benefiting The Children's Hospital of Los Angeles coming up later in May. He is now the stage manager at Teragram Ballroom.
His debut record named Creation Creator, set for release in June, discusses the delicate balance of a person’s role as a creation of their environment, and the accountability needed as a creator of one's own reality. Battling waves of manic-depressive episodes, Jason’s words and music centers him between the insecurity and arrogance of his generation, by singing a meditative practice of awareness to the egoic mind. Jason believes “that ADHD, bipolar, depression and other mental illnesses can be dramatically improved, if not cured, through meditation, yoga and disciplined mindfulness practice.”
Creation Creator was produced by Grammy Award winner Darryl Swann (Macy Gray - I Try), and young gun Thomas Rojo. It features musical friends such as bassist Andre Brown (TLC, Raury, Keri Hilson) pianist Will Herrington (Sara Gazarick) and drummer Mike Baker (Colbie Caillat, Gavin Degraw, Andy Grammer). The EP features his single “Super Hero,” which was an awareness raiser for Unlikely Heroes. The sold out single release party last summer was the last show at the legendary House of Blues on the Sunset Strip.
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