By Dante Schmitz
Jason Ferguson, 25, is Tulsa’s most vested singer songwriter and proud of it. If you’re wondering what exactly that means, don’t worry, we’ll get to it in just a bit. For now, let’s just say he’s a promising new artist who will be joining us this fall to sing our runners across the finish line. I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Jason about his musical career.
Q: “Your songs are full of great pop melodies, and you sing with lots of emotion. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?”
A: “Lot’s of pop, singer/songwriter stuff. Ben Rector, One Republic, Gavin Degraw and Colby Caillat are some of my favorites. I love Colby Caillat. She doesn’t know it yet, but it’s gonna be Colby Ferguson one of these days. Just wait and see.”
Q: “From listening to your music it sounds like you’re more of an emotional writer than a topical writer. What’s your songwriting process, and where do you draw inspiration from?”
A: “I am much more of an emotional writer. Most of my songs come from things I’ve experienced. They’re cheesy love songs. I’m actually terrible at writing about love during a relationship though. It’s usually after things have ended when the songs comes out.”
Q: “Do you have any favorite shows you’ve recently played? Any nights that stand out as exceptionally memorable?”
A: “A few weeks ago, I got to play with Love and Theft at Cain’s Ballroom. Their single was number one that week, and it was really cool to get to meet and talk with them. And it’s also great to get to see your name on a Cain’s flier!”
Q: “Okay, now let’s talk about the vest. This is actually the first time I’ve seen you not wearing the vest. What’s the story behind it? Is there a closet full of vests at home, or do you keep the washing machine busy?”
A: “I was hoping you’d ask that! No, it’s just the one vest. I originally bought it when I auditioned for American Idol. I didn’t get on the show, so the vest went away for about a year. Then one day I came across it and thought I might as well give it another shot. I wore the vest out to a show, and people really liked it! I think it helped them recognize me after the show too. What was really cool was eventually other people also started wearing vests out to my shows. So I guess it’s kind of a trade mark now.”
Q: “Do you have a favorite venue around town? Is there any place in Tulsa that is special to you?”
A: “I’d have to say the Hunt Club. That’s my favorite place to be in Tulsa. I get to play there a lot, and the people there are great. I always feel like the Hunt Club is home.”
Q: “Awesome. Well thank you so much for your time. Before we go do you have any words of wisdom for our runners?”
A: “I’d have to say, it’s just a few more miles to music, beer and restrooms. Don’t give up!”
To download some free tracks of Jason’s music and to see where he’s playing around Tulsa, you can find him at facebook.com/jasonfergusonmusic. If you’re interested in performing at the race events on Nov. 17-18, contact Dante Schmitz at firstname.lastname@example.org.