In this performance Jackson will perform his original music, telling the stories that inspired them as well as his unorthodox transition from physiology to music.
Jackson Howard blends the captivating prose and storytelling of Paul Simon with the youthful blue-eyed soul of Jason Mraz and a mesmerizing fingerstyle guitar at times reminiscent of Tommy Emmanuel. Howard has played over 400 shows in the past 3 years in the US and Iceland, opened for Nicolas David (The Voice) and Nick Jameson of Foghat, and recently completed his 2nd studio album Just for the Mystery with producers Billy Smiley (Newsboys), Ritchie Biggs (Civil Wars, Switchfoot), and Billy Whittington (Amy Grant). Having earned a PhD and worked in research prior to his music career, many of Jackson’s songs deal with change and our eternal search for self. Introspective yet generalizable, his lyrics touch regret, hope, self-deception, and love - both vacuous and real. His new album Just for the Mystery opens with the bouncy, pop-inspired title track which is a metaphorical exhale, letting go of romanticized memories and acknowledging that some doors are best left unopened. The album moves through songs of in “A Place in this World” and “Surround You”, to the pain of betrayal in “Dizzy”, existential dilemma in “This Town” and finally to an optimistic hope for truer love in “If I Fall” which laments how selfish love has become in our consumer culture.