Marine City native rocker Jeff Gutt and his full band are set to headline at the Marine City Music Festival on July 10. Top 10 season five “Voice” finalist Austin Jenckes is co-headlining the show the same night. The stylistically distinct singers are known for powerhouse vocals and a dynamic range.
Jeff Gutt’s band includes fellow Detroit area natives Gary Pittel and Cyamak Ashtiani on guitar, Casey Jenkins on bass and Brandon Brown on drums. Gutt has maintained a large and loyal fan base, aka JAG Army, since his rollercoaster “X Factor” ride. They have been streaming messages of support and excitement for Gutt’s upcoming hometown appearance since the May 5 announcement on his Twitter and Facebook pages.
A recently-concluded and hugely successful IndieGoGo campaign helped fund production costs associated with Gutt’s highly-anticipated forthcoming EP. He teamed with multi-platinum music producer and songwriter Matt Squire on the project. Squire has produced music industry heavyweights including Demi Lovato, Big Time Rush, The Used, Ariana Grande, Good Charlotte, Selena Gomez and One Direction, to name a few.
Gutt received wide critical acclaim during his season three “X Factor” run. He is best known for his captivating and compelling signature version of Leonard Cohen’s incomparable anthem “Hallelujah.” In fact, “X Factor” producer and judge Simon Cowell called Gutt’s version “one of the best” he’s ever heard. Other standout performances included Radiohead’s “Creep,” Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and the time-treasured hymn “Amazing Grace.” There is arguably something magical about Jeff Gutt’s ability to emotionally connect with his listeners with every song he sings. His spiritual connection to music resonates beyond melody and lyrics and has often moved his captive audience to tears.
Furthermore, the humble and charismatic single dad also tugged on a lot of heartstrings with his open expression of love and adoration for his young son, Talon. He has repeatedly stressed that he has pushed himself to persevere for music industry success to secure a better future for his son. Teaming up with Matt Squire to cut the EP and shop labels is an important next step in Gutt’s professional pursuits.
Jeff Gutt is a Marine City native son and Marine City High School graduate. Therefore, playing the Marine City Music Festival is a personal and professional honor. He’s been very candid about his love for his hometown, his large legion of Detroit and Michigan fans and his intent to never lose focus of his music goals. Fans and critics from Michigan and beyond feel Jeff Gutt is well-suited to fill the music industry’s apparent rock and roll gap.
Austin Jenckes is a Top 10 finalist on the fifth season of “The Voice” where he was coached by country music superstar Blake Shelton. Jenckes has deep, powerful vocals with blues-country flair. Standout “Voice” performances include a heartfelt rendition of “Simple Man,” which was dedicated to his late father and “She Talks to Angels.”
Cross the Line and Boogie Dynamite co-headline the second night of the festival on July 11. Tickets are $10 each for 18 and up, $5 each for 13-17 and kids 12 and under are free. Visit the Marine City Music Festival website for more information.