AJ Harp

AJ Harp

 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

This Singer-Songwriter wants to be both a 77-year-old Bluesman and a 24-year-old Folkie at the same time, all with his inspired harmonica playing driving the songs.

Biography

A true student of the harmonica, Adam Jenkins has strived to master every style of playing. He has grown musically as he has grown with the instrument. As AJ Harp, he pulls from the varied influences of past masters like Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, and John Popper. "The harmonica inspired me to pick up a guitar and a pen and become a singer-songwriter. As AJ Harp, I try to incorporate the harp into my songwriting as both homage to the greats as well as a new direction for the instrument."

AJ Harp has spent the last 8 years navigating the Philly music scene, finding his voice, writing tons of tunes, and learning the art of music production. He performs occasionally in the local pub and spends a majority of time working in the studio. He is currently in the process of compiling these recordings into a new album. The project will be titled The Rhythm Boy, a dedication to his Grandfather's 1940's jazz group in which his "Papa" was the drummer. "While not to jazzy, the songs will hopefully catch the folk-blues groove that I have been in lately."

The songs will soon be available for download on MySpace and a full-length album is due out this Winter. With Sonicbids, AJ Harp looks forward to getting his music "out there" with singles on the radio, onto compilation CD's, and festival gigs.

Or as AJ likes to say, "Through the ears and into the minds of people everywhere."

Lyrics

Open Window

Written By: Adam Jenkins

I'm fixin to Die
Cause I don't know why
The world's got me hangin on a String
I'm fixin to Win
Cause the state I'm in
Don't allow for Losin anymore
I’m fixin to leave
With my heart on my sleeve
You can come along
But don’t make me nervous

I'm changin Bad to Good
Just like they said I should
I still have time to find my Open Window
I'm changing Right from Wrong
If you wanna help me sing along
I still have time to find my Open Window

I'm fixing a Hole
Deep down in my soul
There’s a special place
There just for Her
I'm fixin to Stay
Don't dig me no grave
There's a few lessons yet
That need some learnin

I'm changin Bad to Good
Just like I said I would
I still have time to find my Open Window
I'm changing Right from Wrong
If you wanna help me sing along
I still have time to find my Open Window

I still have time to find my open window
Let the Wind lift me up and Carry me away

Discography

Eyes of a Child (2005)
The Rhythm Boy (2009)

Set List

With a large catalog of songs and tons of energy behind a mic, I will play whatever type of show you desire. Covers are mainly pulled from 60's and 70's artists who shared a love for songwriting and the harmonica.