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Mason Jennings

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Minneapolis, United States (1997 – present)

Mason Jennings (born March 19, 1975 in Honolulu, Hawaii) is an American pop-folk singer-songwriter currently based in Minnesota. He is well known for his simple yet catchy melodies, intimate lyrics, literary and historical themes, and distinctive voice. His music has appeared in the surf film “Shelter”.

Born in Hawaii, Jennings moved with his family to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at an early age. Jennings learned to play guitar at the age of 13, when he began writing songs. Jennings later dropped out of school and moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota to pursue his musical career.

Jennings produced his self-titled debut album in 1997 on an analog four-track in the basement of a rented home, manning all instruments himself. In October 1998, after bringing drummer Chris Stock and bassist Robert Skoro on board, he began a weekly gig at Minneapolis’ 400 Bar as the Mason Jennings Band. Garnering local praise and a wide fan base, Mason began touring nationally.

His 2000 album Birds Flying Away revealed Jennings’ activism and penchant for singing first-person narratives of imaginary rustic characters. Following the release of this album, Noah Levy took over drumming duties from Stock.

2002 saw the release of two albums: the studio piece Century Spring and a “fans only” collection of acoustic rarities, Simple Life. An EP supporting Century Spring was also released, featuring the album’s opening track, “Living In The Moment,” two live tracks, and the previously-unreleased “Emperor Ashoka.” Jennings released all three discs — and re-released his earlier albums — on his homebrewed record label, Architect Records.

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  • karrylle

    His voice.

    14 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Debaser987

    I realized today that I've been listening to Mason's first record for twelve years - it was the first record I ever bought. And even after all this time and through hundreds of contexts in my life, I still manage to find tireless affection for it.

    25 Feb 2013 Reply
  • danwall88

    Mason Jennings has a new track, "Table Hockey," available on the charity CD "MN Music For MN Kids" with all proceeds going to benefit Children's Hospitals of Minnesota. You can download at http://childrensmn.org/music

    14 Nov 2011 Reply
  • brushfired

    lyrics from Wake Up = my life recently. thanks Mason!

    30 Oct 2011 Reply
  • jamesta16

    CLUTCH!

    14 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Debaser987

    Fuck yes Mason. Love the exploration on this new one! Witches Dream, Well Of Love, and Heart Stops Beating are wonderful new territory.

    7 Oct 2011 Reply
  • RodeoClown123

    Wann kommt der mal in die Mannheimer SAP Arena? Das man mit dem mal da ein bischen chillen kann oder so. =)

    26 Sep 2011 Reply
  • coconutkc

    "I'm gonna buy an old house that I can work on, where the next nearest neighbor lives miles away, I'll never have to mow the lawn. Right On!"

    28 Jul 2011 Reply
  • jmrp87

    Check out this group if you like listening him surrounded by nature: http://www.lastfm.es/group/Music+for+the+Countryside

    9 Apr 2011 Reply
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    7 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Jewce

    I feel every single song.

    13 Feb 2011 Reply
  • inb4twanneke

    The Light was perfect in the last house episode (y)

    8 Feb 2011 Reply
  • oceanbutnone

    nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    23 Jan 2011 Reply
  • RodeoClown123

    coooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool

    22 Dec 2010 Reply
  • MaryWannaBake

    come to buffalo or rochester!

    3 Sep 2010 Reply
  • albiewillow

    I Liked the stuff he did with Beautiful Girls - Kool for Kats

    1 Sep 2010 Reply
  • mollygilholm

    love mason always

    31 Aug 2010 Reply
  • RodeoClown123

    Mason Jennings ist Chef.

    28 Jul 2010 Reply
  • connorshawsongs

    Please listen to my songs if you have some time. :) ALL ACOUSTIC :) http://www.last.fm/music/Connor+Shaw thanks

    25 Jul 2010 Reply
  • buffalo333

    always amazing and addictive. i keep coming back to "use your voice" and "birds flying away" though. Live shows great for sing a longs!

    9 May 2010 Reply
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