Fantastic news today from Jonathan Jackson via Billboard! After many years as an independent recording artist, Jackson has landed his first record deal with Loud and Proud Records!
According to Billboard, for the star of ABC’s Nashville and five-time Daytime Emmy winner for General Hospital, the signing comes as a breath of fresh air for Jackson, finally breaking into music as a signed artist, rather than doing all the work independently!
“It felt like the perfect timing for everything,” he says of the record deal. “The last decade, really, I’ve had an amazing time just working really hard developing a sound and continuing to write songs and play everything. So I’m really grateful for the time that we’ve been doing things independently, but at the same time it feels great to have this happen.” Working on a TV show like Nashville, which features vocals from its cast members (as well as the occasional songwriting credit, too), is a fairly effective way for musicians to get their names out there, whether the program takes off in a big way — see: “Glee” — or not. As such, Jackson figured right off the bat the show would at least gain his music more exposure — though he didn’t necessarily see a record deal on the horizon immediately.
“Being a part of a show like Nashville, [with] the music side of it, I knew from the very beginning that it was extremely important and that they were obviously putting a lot into it,” Jackson says. “It was pretty easy to see that at the least, I would get more exposure as a singer. For years, I’ve thought about a project or a way where I could do acting and music together, and I never really thought that would happen. Then Nashville came along, and it was like a dream come true to marry both of those worlds.
“At the same time, the last however many years of my life, I’ve started to get to the place of not having expectations about how things are supposed to turn out and really just try to live day to day. So I haven’t thought about the specifics much, but I knew the exposure was there.”
The deal with Loud & Proud puts Jackson in a direct relationship with label head Tom Lipsky, who told Billboard he’s incredibly excited for the opportunity to work with the actor and his band, recounting their first meeting. “It was a combination of his music and how charismatic he was,” Lipsky says. “His band did a private showcase for my team — about a 45-minute set — and I came away thinking [Jackson] was an absolute, unequivocal rock star.” A timetable for an initial release has not been set, though Jackson, like most of his ilk, says he’s been recording and demoing music for quite awhile, with the record deal giving those sessions a “concentrated vision.”
Congratulations are in order today to Jonathan! The world will soon hear his exceptional musical talents with the help of a label now supporting him! What do you think of the news? Let us know!