Just read the lyrics to any one of your favorite Led Zeppelin tunes and chances are you would be quite familiar with the life story of singer and musician, Jason Fowler. Only his story is still being written. Jason Fowler has lived a life that truly reflects art- troubled to some, enviable to many and yet remarkable to most anyone who hears the soft-spoken Atlanta, Georgia native recount it. Fowler admits that his diehard, all-or-nothing approach to life has sometimes been both a blessing and a curse. Living a rock-n-roll lifestyle eventually caused the artist to hit rock bottom. “At rock bottom,” Jason says, “Is where I began recovering from a place of hopelessness.” He adds, “It is also where I discovered that it was not God who left me, but I who left Him.” It has been almost a decade since he made that discovery. Now, Jason Fowler has dedicated his life to telling everyone he meets how Christ redeemed his life and brought him to the other side.
The Jason Fowler sound is a sonic gumbo of melodic, southern, guitar-driven rock, but his roots can be traced to a musically-inspired family with eclectic tastes. Fowler’s father is a classically trained vocalist, his uncle holds a doctorate in music and his brother is a drummer. The modest singer/songwriter says his mother’s hair salon was the opening venue that he played, his brother was his first band mate, and the beauty salon patrons were his first audience! It was a late uncle, however, that encouraged Jason to take his musical gifts seriously, teaching him to play the guitar at age sixteen. Met with a challenge from his father to learn the lead to an Allman Bros. classic, “Jessica,” Jason received his first real guitar and amp. So began the journey for this music aficionado.
Fowler’s first professional band, Ultraphonic, was executively produced by Brian Holmes (The Producers). The band went on to win a $250,000 recording contract with Garage Band Records. Ultraphonic would begin recording it’s third album with legendary producer, Johnny Sandlin (Allman Bros. Band/Widespread Panic), complemented by industry force, Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, (aka The Swampers). However, as the album was wrapping up, the label was purchased by Microsoft, and the album was never released. It was during this time Fowler says he began on a downward spiral, spending time filling the emptiness he felt inside with heavy drug and alcohol abuse. “I found the bottom…and then some,” Fowler poignantly shares, “But it was at that point of total surrender that I began my relationship with God.”
A chance opportunity to audition for an up-and-coming rock band landed Fowler in a new place as the lead vocalist for Speed X. With Fowler as the front man, alongside Mike Stone, of 80’s metal band, Queensryche, Josh Sattler, of Double Drive, as well as Nick Catanese and Mike Froedge, of Black Label Society, the band proved to be a formidable force in the hot rod music scene. This period marked the beginning of his journey back into performing.
Jason currently performs with industry heavyweights Will Turpin, of Collective Soul, and, more recently, with Shane Evans, the original drummer for Collective Soul, just to name a few. Jason Fowler is ready to share his story through music as a solo artist. This time, the lead praise and worship singer at a local Atlanta church, is leveraging heartache for HIS glory the best way he knows how: music. Spring 2014 is looking to be an exciting time for Jason Fowler as that is the target release date for his debut album, “Letters From The Inside.”
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