Search Turned Serendipity
by Glenda Taylor
I traveled to Galveston, TX Spring of 2012 in search of Zak Perry’s music to help soothe my soul. It took me months to run across him inadvertently. I had heard that he was playing his music around Galveston. Each time I went to a place he might be playing they said that he had played last night or he plays here or there, next week.
One night, I was walking along 20th street from the Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe. As I turned the corner onto Post Office Street I passed the Melrose Pub and heard the music I had searched for the past six months. It sounded like Zak Perry. I stepped inside the open door and there he was smokin’ that guitar and singing his songs with the same soulful passion I remembered from years past. Only this time he was on stage playing and singing alone. I had never seen him play solo and was so impressed that he was just as awesome as when I had seen him with his full band. Needless to say, I didn’t leave until after his show. If you have ever seen him LIVE you know the show never ends on time.
I hope you have opportunity to see him live the next time you visit this lovely island on the Gulf of Mexico saturated with wonderful music to soothe the soul. Thank you Zak Perry for your beautiful songs and music.
…well I found a dream this morning, in the corner of my mind… -Zak Perry
Check out my Events page, Across the Stage on Facebook, Zak Perry on Reverbnation or Facebook, or his website linked below the picture at the top of this page for upcoming shows. He just might be playing in your neck of the woods.
A Bit of Zak Perry History
by Vellmore Zeelodus
His school had a class in it and it seemed like a cool thing to do. While this may not seem like a typically momentous rock and roll occasion, it was all young Zak Perry needed to start playing the guitar. Within days, Zak had already written his first song called, “Jesus is Calling.” It was apparently good enough that his parents didn’t believe he wrote it and sent him to his room for lying. They came around pretty quickly, however, and soon became his biggest fans.
One thing that made Zak different from other young guitar players was his disinterest in flashy pyrotechnics. Although he had no trouble mastering the tricky leads of popular Led Zeppelin solos, blistering country finger picking rags, or even highly technical classical passages of Yes, Zak stuck to honing the skill he discovered he had… songwriting. “I just gravitated to doing what nobody else around me at the time was doing… writing songs.”
Zak soon formed the requisite garage band and began to take writing and playing more seriously. It was right around this time, that he fell, as subtly as he had with playing, into becoming a lead singer. “We couldn’t find a singer,” he remembers, “so I figured I might as well just do it myself.” Despite, or maybe because of this unceremonious vocal beginning, Zak has managed to craft his voice into what is certainly one of the most powerful, emotive, genuinely bluesy voices in rock and roll today.
Once again, Zak has decided to “do it himself” and is already working on another CD, “Broken Glass Parade”, his upcoming new album, scheduled for release this Summer 2013. The Zak Perry Band on Twitter
Zak’s favorites are Ray Charles, Led Zepplin, Gov’t Mule, Yes, The Allman Bros, The Band, Steve Earle, and Willie Nelson.
Across the Stage LIVE Presents Zak Perry Youtube Video Concert
“Zak Perry shows a little wear and tear from the hard knocks of the music business, but when it comes to playing rock & roll, he’s all smiles. Having been through a few record deals, and even more cities, Perry, reserves the right to be a little jaded yet he remains unassuming and down to earth. Zak Perry has lead a rock & roll storybook life, full of bumps and grinds that have taken him to New York, Memphis, Atlanta, Austin, and, recently, to Galveston. Writing songs since the age of 14, one of Perry’s first was titled, “Jesus Is Calling”. ” – Zach Tate, The Parrot (Jul 07, 2010)
— Zach Tate, The Parrot Magazine
THE ZAK PERRY BAND
Zak Perry, Vern Vennard, Jason Charron, Scott “Sting” Ray
THE BEST BAND YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF
This life I’m living, is surely killing me… -Zak Perry
-a lyric from his song “I’ve Been Drunk on Sunday Morning” on his Somewhere in the Morning Album available in iTunes.
Click on the sidebar album iTunes link located on right top side of this page to travel to this album preview.
Songwriters Across Texas Television Show does not air today but will be back next Sunday with a Special Christmas Show. In the meantime, enjoy this beautiful Sunday with Brennen Leigh as she performs the gospel "Sing,Sing,Sing"
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Jaredd Reed is a songwriter first and foremost, and beyond that, a spectacular performer with an exceptionally distinct voice and charismatic writing style. He hails from Galveston Island, Texas. Currently working with producers for his Third EP to date. He has consistently wrote catchy hooks and gained fans all over the country since his first release in 2010 "BAD", and his second release "MaxPatch"(2011). Over the past 5 years Reed has taken his stage performance from coast to coast as a simple one man band show . Not eager to discard cover tunes either, Jaredd has also stocked an arsenal of top hits from classic country to classic rock to modern anthems! Jaredd Reed is always on tour and always guaranteed to rock your socks!!! If you have the opportunity, do yourself a favor and go to the show.
Last year, I did a series of house concerts before my album was released so that I could play the new songs for people in a special setting before they could hear them anywhere else. Well, it was such a great experience that I would love to do it again, but with the full band this time!
We are going into the studio, soon, to record a new album that will be released sometime next year, and we are offering 10 full band, unplugged house concerts. We will play a full night of music, including some new songs from the upcoming album. If you are interested, please message me and we will provide further information. We are only offering 10 of these on a first-come, first-served basis so act fast to reserve your show!
Our latest single, “I Think I Love You”, is officially a week old today. We’re extremely grateful to all of you for sharing the song, telling people about it, and for adding it to your playlists! If you haven’t heard it yet, it’s available on all digital music platforms including: Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, TIDAL, Amazon Music, and more! Please continue to share, and thank you for your support.
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