Sometimes the maturation process of a musical artist happens before our very eyes, and in the case of Denver based Jason Vigil, the act of writing, recording and performing over the last few years has helped that process along. Vigil released his debut, Heart Gone Sober (2006) to a sold out Walnut Room in Denver, and he's now back with Sometimes Always, an EP that fully displays his maturity as a singer, songwriter and performer.
Vigil admits that this album is more "upbeat" and "happy" than the material on Heart Gone Sober. "My style has become I believe more polished and I think that the music I'm writing now makes more sense musically and lyrically than before," he says.
Vigil is also drawing from more influences that ever before. "I've been working on becoming a more well-rounded writer as well as musician," he admits. "Not just staying in one genre per se, but being able to draw from several styles depending on what the song I'm writing dictates."
But as with any talented artist, performing often has helped Vigil to hone his skills, and you can hear the confidence in his edgy, powerful vocals on Sometimes Always. Much of that was the result of working with producer Duane Lundy (Scourge of the Sea, Neva Jeffrey, Vandaveer, The Parlour Boys).
"It was great working with Duane," says Vigil. "He takes a very organic approach to recording, which was refreshing. He gave the songs a distinct sound and made them stand out more individually. I also liked how he was hands-on with the structure of the songs, which gave them direction."
But it's not like Vigil came completely out of nowhere. He was nominated by Westword Magazine for best singer/songwriter in the Denver area and has established himself as one of the city's top talents through radio play and constant high profile local and regional shows. In addition to that rigorous performing schedule, Vigil also toured the Midwest, Southeast and west coast in 2008. That is something he intends to do more of in support of the new release.
"I would like to be on the road more consistently," he says. "I want this release to launch awareness of my music to a higher level nationally." One listen to Jason Vigil's emotive voice delivering powerful and interesting tracks on Sometimes Always, and you'll know that he should be able to garner that awareness with a slam dunk.