In just three short years, Jason Eaton Band’s accomplished more than most fresh-faces, in turn, establishing itself as a critically acclaimed and commercially embraced act for all ages. The title track from Eaton’s debut EP Nothing Back not only garnered national airplay in America, but also landed on the airwaves internationally, most notably, notching top 20 status in Europe. With a radio and television tour in tow, the leader appeared on prominent programs as diverse as “TCT Rejoice,” “100 Huntley St.,” “The Jim Bakker Show,” “Arkansas Alive” and the Cornerstone TV Network. Add in an extensive headlining tour, a top ten nod on Word Records’ list of the best indie bands in America, plus some dates with hit makers Aaron Shust, Big Daddy Weave, Hawk Nelson, Superchick, 33 Miles, Rebecca St James and Blue Tree, and it’s only fitting for the Jason Eaton Band to be on top of its artistic game, yet immersed in a worshipful tone across the official full-length debut One (Infinity Music Distribution).
“The biggest thing I’ve heard traveling around is that people can hear the passion we have for our Savior in the music,” says the Michigan-bred leader and group’s primary singer. “Our music is honest and genuine in carrying that emotion and people have told me its helped strengthen their faith by realizing they were only halfway in the water, but needing to step wholeheartedly out without any fear.”
Upon breaking down the ten choice cuts packed within One, it’s apparent Eaton and company mean business when it comes to helping believers recommit their lives to the Lord, while saving as many souls as possible in the process. And the front man’s not just talking the talk, but rather a tangible example of someone who’s life was changed at a dramatic crossroads during his wayward teen years that resulted in a compelling conversion during an altar call.
“I want listeners to know God’s saving grace is available for everybody and it doesn’t matter where we are in our walk or even if someone hasn’t started yet,” Eaton unveils of the premise behind One. “He extends an invitation for us to draw closer to Him and hear the good news of the gospel, which the song ‘Saving Grace’ speaks of in particular. Even though we fall so short, the blood covers it all and He accepts us for who we are.”
Culled from the Vineyard worship cannon and wrapped around Eaton’s jaw-droppingly mighty vocals and the band’s ultra-tight proficiency, One is a unique collection that’s just as alluring in the vertically-leaning sense as it is with sonic ingenuity. Others along for the ride on the extraordinary album include producer extraordinaire Scotty Wilbanks (also of Third Day fame) and rising tastemaker Scott Pergande (A Rotterdam November).
“There was just a real anointing that fell on us in the studio, to the point where after every song was finished we’d say ‘wow, this is something special,” Eaton recalls. “After bringing the basic framework to the table, we left plenty of room for Scotty to have the freedom to exude his creativity. It was very much a work in progress where Scotty would say ‘let’s try something here, maybe a jazzy feel or a different type of melodic riff’ and it all molded together.”
Even with Wilbanks’ collaborative vibe, it’s apparent that Eaton’s level of experience has grown by leaps and bounds since his entry into the industry, as observed on all angles by guitarist Mark Maggard. “Jason’s character in the band is definitely the leader. On stage he’s energetic, enthusiastic and entertaining. Off stage he’s an unstoppable force, always moving with laser precision and focus. Jason genuinely wants to make a difference in other’s lives.”
Several examples of Eaton’s spiritual quest and artistic evolution sprawl throughout the album, amply showcased in the fervency of “Furious Love” (a career staple in the making with a brand new video directed by Jon Chema), the reverent “Higher Than I,” the fully immersing “Capture Me,” the prayerful “Fall On Us Now” and the ultimate deliverance anthem “Free,” to name a mere smattering. All the while, Eaton merges his vocal pop dynamism with a more noticeably progressive and distinctly varied musical palette.
“Jason’s worship songs have amazing lyrical content that lifts up the Lord and transforms me as I play these songs,” observes keyboardist Matt Fuhrman. “Jason’s got a great voice; it’s rich and powerful with a fully rounded timbre. Musically speaking, I love pop/rock and I gravitated instantly towards the guitar riffs in Jason's music, as well as all the unique loops and effects in the background.”
Continues Eaton on the sonic shaping of the CD: “We took a jump from Nothing Back, which was more of a pop vibe and sound, to more Brit-pop and rock flavors on One. Some of the licks mirror U2 stylistically and there’s just an overall different vibe right down to my pronunciations. This record really helped develop me vocally and it was almost like going to vocal camp. I approached the studio like a student going to school and Scotty was a great teacher. He took what I had and molded me like clay, giving me helpful hints and tricks along the way.”
Aside from Eaton and his cohorts being pushed more than ever before on the studio side of the coin, the behind the scenes sectors also benefit from a recent management partnership with McGuire and Associates (spearheaded by Thom McGuire, who signed Third Day and gave the legendary group its start in the early ‘90s).
“The goal is to keep branching out nationwide and internationally to spread the word about this CD,” offers Eaton. “The EP was kind of like the introduction, where if you were comparing it to a book, it would’ve been the preface. One is chapter one and its the official beginning of the story for our ministry. Listeners may have gotten a taste of what we’re all about with the exposure on radio, TV and concerts throughout the past few years, but hopefully now they can really see what we’re all about and how what we believe has changed our lives.””
Throw in an unbreakable spirit of community amongst members, and the Jason Eaton Band is truly united at all levels. “To me, the band has become more of a small group. We have great fellowship, build each other up and get into deep Bible discussions,” notes guitarist Barry Meganck before bassist “Doc” interjects. “I am a part of Jason’s band because his focus is ministry and everything he does is for God and God alone. I want to do the Lord’s work, and in this band, I can do just that.”
Adds drummer Karl Kunik: “Jason has proven time and time again that he is the real deal. He is on fire for the Lord and he walks the walk and talks the talk. He is so genuine and it’s exciting to see how he is blessing people and is an inspiration to everyone he comes in contact with.”
Barry Meganck - Guitar; Vocals
Mark Maggard - Guitar; Vocals
"Doc" - Bass
Matthew Fuhrman - Keys & Vocals
Jason Eaton - "Vocals"
Nothing Back- EP - 2009
ONE -April 2010
*Nothing Back notched Top 20 in 2009 in Europe
One produced by Scotty Wilbanks of Third Day
Furious Love Single #1 in Kansas on CHR station
Performed with: Todd Agnew, Thousand Foot Krutch, Sanctus Real, Big Daddy Weave, Hawk Nelson, SuperChick, Blue Tree, Aaron Shust, Rebecca St. James, 33 Miles, Bread of Stone, Kerrie Roberts
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"With a Prodigal Son-styled testimony, a worshipful undercurrent, unconventional pop/rock arrangemen..."With a Prodigal Son-styled testimony, a worshipful undercurrent, unconventional pop/rock arrangements and mighty pipes, Jason Eaton takes a potent step forward on his long player One. The project opens with the entrancing guitars and commanding vocals of "Furious Love", settles into a bluesy groove come "Saving Grace" and overflows with a spirit of grace throughout "Free", all of which maintain the practically perfect balance between contemporary musical ingenuity and compelling yet applicable messages!"
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"The Jason Eaton Band was the Unity winner/finalist for last year's talent search. They are a good y..."The Jason Eaton Band was the Unity winner/finalist for last year's talent search. They are a good young band with a huge ministry heart and a great sound.They really blew away the other competitors at Unity last year and have a strong and growing following in Michigan. Like Remedy Drive or Abandon, I think they are a band that will be a CFA "find" and that your audiences will really connect with. They did a fantastic job during and after their set, really spending time with the teens and showing a genuine heart for the lost. I would highly recommend them for an opening slot on a Main Stage or a headline or 2nd slot on any other stage you have."
Higher Rock Review
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Jason Eaton's recently released "One" showcases an artist focused on radio friendly, hook-driven wor...Jason Eaton's recently released "One" showcases an artist focused on radio friendly, hook-driven worship tunes. But...these are radio friendly, hook-driven worship tunes that ROCK. Produced by Scott Pergande (producer for A Rotterdam Novembr) and Third Day's Scotty Wilbanks, Eaton's tenor voice never loses a rock edge, and unlike so many vocalists, he cares enough about what he's actually singing to make the lyrics understandable.
The backing instrumentation is provided by Dave Cleveland, guitar; Mark Hill, bass; Steve Brewster, drums; Jason Webb, keyboards; David Zaffiro, guitar overdubs; with additional backing vocals by Scotty Willbanks and Drew Cline.
Opening track "Furious Love" is...to me at least...very reminiscent of U2 in both music and vocals. Eaton has that type of soulful, emotional quality to his voice that Bono is known for. I also absolutely love the drum sound on this tune. (Written by Casey Corum and Chris Llizotte.)
"One", the album's title cut, is one of the more radio friendly tunes on the project, and one of its standout moments. It's straight ahead rock with good dynamics, yet still manages to have a very worshipful feel, especially in the chorus:
"One Lord, One God
One before all others
One way, One truth
We come to worship
Yes we bow down and worship,
We have come to worship One" (Written by Kelly Carpenter, Robbie Reider, and Scotta Burnett.)
Other stand out tracks are "Higher Than I", "Someday Soon", "Fall On Us Now", and "Free". "Higher Than I" (Jason Rhorer), has a hymn-like quality to it, making it another worship tune. "Someday Soon" is almost the opposite musically, in that it comes close to an arena rock anthem feel, while still being a good choice for radio.
"Fall On Us Now" (Dave Chumchal) is probably the best overall production on "One". It's also the heaviest rocker on the album. What starts as almost a minimal feeling musically turns full throttle at the chorus, which again has that arena rock anthem feel:
"Fall on us now, fall on us now
Open up the sky and let your love come down
Fall on us now, fall on us now
Open up the sky and let your love come down"
The aforementioned U2 influence is at work throughout the song, but comes to the forefront in the short bridge section:
"We are calling out, we re calling out
Calling out to you, calling out to you"
The album's closer is a Vineyard Worship tune written by Steve Jones and Randy McCoy: "Free". Eaton's ability to find a hook and make it hit home without being overbearing about it makes the song's message about freedom in the Lord Jesus stay with you even after the end of the track. "Free" is one of the better production moments on "One", and Eaton delivers his most intense vocal performance of any tune on the project.
Another song that grabbed my attention is "All I Have". Written by Tim Dobbelmann, Gabriel Brennan, and Nate Brennan, at 5:13 it's the longest song on the project. While it's also the most laid back, it still keep the U2 influence intact while being a very worshipful moment.
All in all, Jason Eaton's "One" is an excellent project which manages to achieve the balance between being solid rock music, and heartfelt worship music, and still present a lot of radio friendly material.
My only comment which could come close to being construed as a criticism...which it's not...is that I would have liked to have heard Eaton do something without a full band. He has a very commercial rock type vocal range, and you can tell he's spent years learning his craft. I only wish I could hear him with just guitar or piano backing on at least one tune. That's something he could definitely pull off.
Regardless, in the future Jason Eaton will have more than just "One" album to offer.
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It is very satisfying to see how artists evolve over time, and Jason Eaton has managed to mature and...It is very satisfying to see how artists evolve over time, and Jason Eaton has managed to mature and improve his sound. Pop/rock/worship with an impeccable vocal performance and a very well done production that deserves to be reviewed. “One” includes the production of Scotty Wilbanks (Third Day, DecembeRadio, After Edmund, Echoing Angels, Newsong, Unhindered) and Scott Pergande (A Rotterdam November) that have resulted in 10 songs of worship that are a calling to our church to unify and put aside doctrinal differences and focus on expanding the message of salvation.
The fervent “Furious Love” begins the disc, asking God to hear the hearts of men, the cry of his people extends humble. The guitars are like U2 checking every word, every prayer. The titletrack and first single from the album “One” is the song of creation (Romans 14:11): “One love, one God / One before Our lovers / One way, one truth / We have come to worship”. Then we find “Saving Grace”, which for a moment I thought it was “One Love” by U2. We see a desperate prayer that longs for the rain of God’s grace. The reverent “Higher Than” dives with sweet harmonies in a poem of thanks to God: “Lead me to the rock that is higher than I / Lead me to the water that will satisfied my soul / It waits for you”. The hopeful “Someday Soon” rests on the promise that someday we will fly to meet with him and see him face to face. The completely immersed “Capture Me” gives devotion and control of our lives to Heavenly Father. On the other hand, “Waiting On You Again” shows the acoustic side of the disc, with little touches of jazz. The writing is spontaneous, recalls the essence of our faith. “All I Have” comes with empty hands and an open heart before God: “Jesus, all I have is you / You’re the hope I’m holding into”. The shameless prayer in “Fall On Us Now” asked God for a revival, when heavens opened and love can descend. The hymn of freedom “Free” is presented before the throne of God with transparency, with confidence that, through his goodness, we have the eternal forgiveness.
The progression that the disc has is sticky, captivating. Jason Eaton combines pop vocal dynamism and fresh worship influenced by Reuben Morgan, Hillsong United and Starfield.
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Jason Eaton's rock base worship cd 'Nothing Back' is a solid addition for your collection. As the cd...Jason Eaton's rock base worship cd 'Nothing Back' is a solid addition for your collection. As the cd title indicates, he holds nothing back and inspires us to do the same in life and in our relationship with God, He brings lyrics we can all relate to and a sound that is relevant, all with the humble heart of a servant. His version of God Thing is refreshing and reminds us that God's miracles still happen. Even in the small things we can overlook the involvement if the hand of God. Jason, should follow in the footsteps of artists like Steven Curtis Chapman and Chris Tomlin, while bringing a smooth sound to a new generation
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Nothing Back by Jason Eaton Reviewed by Caleb Newell "...a short but powerful start to a career ...Nothing Back by Jason Eaton
Reviewed by Caleb Newell
"...a short but powerful start to a career that seems to be divinely blessed... this is one you won’t want to miss"
A journey through various life circumstances, doors opening, and divine revelations that signify a blessing far beyond his ethereal tenor range lead to Jason Eaton’s full time pursuit of faith-based singing/arranging/songwriting/worship leading. Singing in churches lead Jason to get a degree in music education from Olivet Nazarene University. From there he found himself a soloist with Thurlow Spur Productions of Concert Ministries, International, playing the lead role in “David, A Man after God’s Own Heart”. He also appeared on “The 700 Club” with Pat Robertson. After handing every aspect of his life over to God after an emotional alter call, he fostered a passion towards a musical calling currently represented in the EP Nothing Back.
The opening title track, “Nothing Back”, is a declaration of complete surrender to God. A trifecta starts out the album for someone who has turned every aspect of his life over to God. “All I got/ All I am/ All my dreams/ All my plans/ I’m holding back/ I’m holding nothing back from You”, a full power opening; the lyrics are well-built upon, the tenor vocals are out-of-this-world, and the music is compassionate. This is my favorite track on the album.
The next song relates to the divine intervention within Eaton’s career. “God Thing” declares that we can’t always explain what is happening around or to us. It feels like we have been swept away in a massive storm, but all we do now is that it was a God thing.
"Free” speaks about salvation. How good God is and how free we have been made through His love. We have been humbled and we have been granted peace through His saving grace. The song brings the CD up a notch, and rocks out about God, and our salvation; great topics to rock out to.
The next track was arranged by Eaton. “I Bowed” is a great praise song to include in this CD. It speaks about a dream about going to Heaven, and giving all praise and glory to God. Then we asked to see the Savior of the whole world, Jesus, and we bowed before the Holy One.
We all search for truth throughout our lives, sometime we believe a lie, and sometimes the truth is hard to swallow. “Holding Out Hope” is a declaration that we need to hold out hope to those that are still searching for truth in a world that will break them, and is consumed by fear. Who doesn’t need hope to get through this life?
Nothing Back is a short but powerful start to a career that seems to be divinely blessed. Though none of the songs were written by Jason Eaton, I can’t wait to hear some that will be. The selection of songs for this CD was phenomenal. Nothing Back is available at iTunes and your local store; this is one you won’t want to miss.
Holding Out Hope
Higher than I
Waiting On You
Fall On Us Know
All I Have
Plus a 20 minute worship set of covers
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