Happy Jack Frequency

Happy Jack Frequency

 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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Happy Jack Frequency offers an intoxicating hit of energy both prevalent in their music and live shows. Armed with infectious melodies and feel good grooves, Happy Jack Frequency delivers a can't miss sound.

Biography

Happy Jack Frequency is the solo project of New Orleans musician James Martin. Still in his early 20’s, James has earned his stripes by performing on three different continents and forty-two of the fifty United States of America. In addition to his experience, James also has had the advantage of working alongside greats such as Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, and Lenny Kravitz for example. His last gig included tours and studio work as a founding member of the New Orleans favorite, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave.

It was during this time that James honed himself as a performer and a songwriter. He made it his challenge to captivate the crowd when he took the stage to perform but to also captivate them with the words and music of his songs. “When I was a little kid, I would put on shows for my family. My grandmother would announce me and I would run down the hall into the living room to sing and dance to a record” Nothing much has changed in the past 20 years or so and James always knew that he would be on stage one day singing his own songs to large crowds. This is something James considers a true blessing.

A studious performer, James has evolved into a charismatic front man; a skill that rivals only his crafty songwriting. “On the current release which I made at Music Shed Studios with Grammy Award winning Chris Finney, many of the songs were written between the years of 2005 up till the beginning of 2009. And so much of what I was going through during those times, Hurricane Katrina, love, pain, heartbreak, fighting back through marathon running and marathon music making… all these concepts find their ways into the lyrics and context.”

Interestingly enough, James always asks for outside opinions for the full demos of the songs he’s currently writing as part of his creative process. By the end of 2008, James had amassed about 3 albums worth of material which he decided to cut down to 1 album to record professionally in a top notch studio. Having already been through the recording process for the self made demos, James went into the studio and recorded all the various parts and instruments himself minus most of the percussion which was done by in the demand studio drummer Joey Peebles.

The result exceeded James’ expectations and so suddenly what was to be a songwriting demo became a full blown album. As James began shopping around his album looking for shows and opportunities the question would always arise “The band sounds amazing, what’s the name, and who else is playing?” Humbly James would reply, “Well, aside from some of the drum parts, it’s just me”. But all this was about to change. James hired his long time bassist friend Matthew Sexton to fill the bottom, guitarists Matt Clark and John Marcey to make the songs shine, and drummer Eric Heigle to help put that tap in your foot.

Now a full five piece band playing all of James’ original music, Happy Jack Frequency has been tearing up local New Orleans Venues such as Tipitinas, One Eyed Jacks, Howlin’ Wolf, and the Blue Nile. They were recently one of the 18 artists chosen for the Gulf Aid Benefit which headlined Lenny Kravitz, John Legend, and Mos Def.

Happy Jack Frequency offers an intoxicating hit of energy both prevalent in their music and live shows. Armed with infectious melodies and feel good grooves, Happy Jack Frequency delivers a can't miss sound.

Lyrics

Back Home

Written By: James Martin

I wake up and I hurt
I tripped over my feet again
Was I moving too fast
In the circle I was running in?
When I step out of bed
A rush of blood flows to my head
How many days since we last met?

I can’t speak, I can’t breath
You’re on my mind
I feel you, can you feel me?
I need to find
My way back home

I look up and I think
The bedroom walls are all caving in
We haven’t spoke in weeks
But you’re still down deep beneath my skin
I dream of you and I am saved
A rush of love like a tidal wave
Fills in the void of cold and grey

I can’t speak, I can’t breath
You’re on my mind
I feel you, can you feel me?
I need to find
My way back home

I see the world with my two eyes
It’s spinning round
It’s spinning round
I see our past with our goodbyes
I’m falling down

Addicted to You

Written By: James Martin and Q. Corvette

I feel you brush against my skin
Like a fire closing in
And I can see its hunger in your eyes
A bright dancing flame of light
Paints our shadows in the night
And I can hear you whispering in my ear

That you want it all to take
That there’s not a moment to waste

Somebody once told me
Holding back you loose
Nobody could warn me
I’m addicted to you

I feel my blood is running thin
But a fire burns within
And you’ve become my favorite place to hide

A sigh and the shadows melt to one
The addiction has begun
And I don’t think the night is over yet

Let’s see what scenes our shadows can make
No need to rush we have till daybreak

Somebody once told me
Holding back you loose
Nobody could warn me
I’m addicted to you

It’s like a needle in vain
It’s like cocaine you’re addicting me
All in my body I feel week
Feels like this drug’s consuming me
Don’t want no rehab for my use
I like the dangers in my abuse
Intoxicating, love making, addiction

Piece of Mind

Written By: James Martin

Nike’s laced, set the pace to get a piece of mind
Out of luck, out of touch, let’s put your past behind
Hit the road, shed the load and make all your goodbyes
In the pack, keep on track, you feel like you can fly

There’s nothing wrong with us

Wanna stop but it’s not what you intend to do
Soaked in sweat out of breath you’re finally meeting you
See the crowd shouting loud but they can’t feel the pain
It feels good, the way it should and that just why you came

There’s no stopping us

Although my head is screaming out
It’s all that I had hoped to find
Inside this pain
My piece of mind

Another mile, it’s been awhile since you last had a drink
Road is plane, it’s the same and you can’t even think
pushing hard, pray to God for some of that higher power
almost done, here’s the fun you’re in your final hour

There’s nothing wrong with us

Hit the wall, will you fall? You still have far to go
Push and shove, it’s a love that only we both know
There’s no way that today they’re stopping me and you
Close your eyes, let’s get high let’s push till we get through

There’s no stopping us

(Chorus 2X)

People will ask us why
But they’ve got theirs and I’ve got mine
Nobody’s gonna bring us down
I’ve got my feet back on the grown
And the only way to lose is if we stop to break

(Chorus 2X)

Set Yourself Free

Written By: James Martin

There's gotta be another way
you're searching for that brand new day
nowhere to run, nowhere to hide
you can't hold back what's inside
You've gotta take that very first step
'cause once it's gone, there's nothing left
sometimes in life we must compromise
a little love and we're bound to survive

Set Yourself Free

So back your bags and move along
or else be singing the same old song
two tiny specs in the universe
don't we forget that we're not the first
you've slipped away and that's for fact
you've found out there's no turning back
how can we know if we never try?
now is the start of the rest of our lives

Set Yourself Free

Discography

Happy Jack Frequency - EP

Set List

Anima
Piece of Mind
Center of the Universe
Monday Morning
Back Home
Again
Addicted to You
Tammy
Oh No
Set Yourself Free
Rockstar
Tonight