Jason Walker is a versatile American Soul, R&B/Pop, and House Music Recording Artist. Growing up in the church choir and singing in R&B and Blues bands from an early on age, Walker has infused soul into virtually everything he is as an artist. After a winning performance on the legendary TV show, “It’s Show Time at the Apollo”, Walker made the move from his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to New York City where he was immediately discovered and signed to dance music legend Junior Vasquez’s JVM record label. Over the next five years Jason released two full length albums “This Is My Life” and “Flexible”, both on the JVM imprint, garnering six Top 30 Billboard Club Play hits including: “My Life” #3, “Foolish Mind Games” #1, “Set It Free” #1, “No More” #5, “Movin’ On” #7, and “I Can’t Get You Off My Mind” #26. The later also reached #1 Music Video status on LOGO’s “The Click List” five separate times over a five-month period of time. The video was shot by Karl Giant, who also shot artists such as Cyndi Lauper, Ultra Nate, and The One’s, to name a few.
Taking the Billboard Dance Chart by storm from 2004-2008, Walker received 2 IDMA (International Dance Music Award) nominations. One for Best Breakthrough Dance Artist and another a year later with DJ/Producer Quentin Harris for Best House/Garage Track for their cover of 90’s R&B giant After 7’s hit, “Can’t Stop”. “Can’t Stop” was featured both on J’s sophomore JVM release “Flexible”, as well as Harris’s Strictly Rhythm release, “No Politics.” His undeniable success on the US charts lead to routine bookings in NYC at top venues: SBNY, The Roxy, Avalon, Discothèque, and XL, and aired an intensely positive buzz surrounding his live performances. This top tiered metropolitan and mega club exposure introduced nationwide bookings and steered Jason’s performances to Miami’s Mansion, Cincinnati’s Adonis, LA’s Arena and The Abbey, and Oakland CA’s Arts and Soul Festival, amongst others. With the release and global success of “Can’t Stop”, Walker had no problem venturing onto the international ultra club circuit, headlining at London’s legendary Ministry of Sound, Greece’s posh Villa Mercedes, and electronic dance music festivals throughout Europe.
In 2008 Walker left JVM and achieved “Indie Artist” status by throwing a curve-ball to his loyal dance following by independently producing, writing, and releasing his third, full length album “Leave It All Behind” in 2010. The album was a labor of love and according to Jason, “…came from the heart”. The record consisted of Acoustic Soul, piano driven ballads, and several signature “danceable” tracks. He wrote many of the songs himself and collaborated with New York songwriter, Rami Ramirez, who played a major role in the recording process. Jeeve (Tupac, Santana), The Good Villians, and Chris Rodriguez (aka: C Rod) also contributed tracks to the mix. Jason landed his seventh Top 20 Billboard Dance hit with the title track “Leave It All Behind”, bowing at #15. Walker backed up the album with live shows touring across the US.
In 2010, Sirius radio personality and industry insider, Larry Flick, was a huge supporter of Jason Walker’s and his album “Leave It All Behind”. In fact, Jason was invited on Larry’s radio show three different times. Additionally in 2010, Karl Giant shot another video for Jason. This time was for the ballad “The Song In My Heart”. June 2011 marked Walker’s next release, “Live and Unplugged, the 6th Ave. Sessions”, a live recording of five songs taken from the album “Leave It All Behind”. “Sessions” was the happenstance and fortuitous result of a recorded rehearsal of Walker and Ramirez in the fall of 2010 in a NYC studio. Jason was adamant that no editing or auto tune be used– only mastering. He wanted it to keep its sound and overall feel organic using solely the combination of vocals and piano, with only one live band track.
January of 2012 saw the official release of “Raise Your Hands” and a return to “club land” for Jason Walker. Written by C Rod and recorded in Miami, fans were met with remixes from DJ/Producers Tracy Young, Chad Jack, Funk3d, Tyler Nelson, C-Rod, Sting Ray, Chris “The Greek”, and Gustavo Scorpio. “Raise” also marked Jason’s eighth charting Billboard Dance record, bowing at #17. Currently, he’s in the thick of the recording process for his next R&B/Pop album, “The Hill”. When questioned regarding the overall vibe of “The Hill”, Jason said “It’s an album saturated in soul with roots firmly planted in the depths of my inner being. It’s all original material with the exception of one cover that NO ONE will see coming…all songs will backed by live musicians, and my soul will be singing about a whole new chapter of me”. The second half of 2012 will see the release of Jason Walker’s “The Hill”, his album of soul transformation.