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    by BalconyTV


    JAYSON NORRIS is a Singer/Songwriter originally from Kaitaia, a small town situated in the far north of New Zealands North Island. Jayson relocated to London in 2004 where he has remained. Since his move to the UK, Jayson Norris has released two albums, "A Basket Full" in 2006 and the new 2009 release "Freedom To Live".

    "A Basket Full" was released in 2006 on Jaysons own Indie label "Rangiputa Records" and achieved over 2,000 sales independently in London alone. Singles like "Window" and "The Beginning" winning favour with an ever-increasing fan base.

    The independent success of "A Basket Full" provided opportunities for support slots throughout the UK with well known artists such as Blue King Brown, Pete Murray, Dave Dobbyn, Breaks Co-Op and the Black Seeds, along with invitations to perform at some of Londons biggest music festivals including "Love Box", "Secret Garden" and "Toast" to name just a few.

    "A Basket Full" was released in NZ in December 2006 with a 4 day whirlwind visit to NZ comprising of a sold out album release party in Auckland and followed by a 1 hour live performance showcase on NZs Juice TV which was broadcasted several times over 3 weeks. "A Basket Full" also featured on all international Air New Zealand flights coupled with a 60 min live audio showcase and interview.

    Jayson returned to NZ in March 2008 to headline the "Acoustic Lounge Tour" which featured artists such as Jason Kerrison (Opshop), Jonny Love and Luke Thompson. The tour was a huge success with all shows selling out. Jayson won over a whole new fan base with his phenomenal live show.

    Jayson returned to studios in February 2008 to start recording his much anticipated second album "Freedom To Live". Multi platinum artist Shelton Woolright (Blindspott) and producer Paul Matthews (Blindspott, Stylus) came onboard to produce the first recording and single (Superhero). Shelton and Paul came with a raft of experience in both writing hit singles and in producing multi platinum selling albums.

    Armed with a bag of new songs, Jayson enlisted UK based NZ producer Steve Roberts who has produced, mixed and engineered for a number of acts including Tricky, Soul II Soul, Money Mark, Dave Dobbyn, Che Fu and Brooke Fraser, to complete the album.

    "Freedom to Live" was completed in June 2009, was mixed in NZ at York St Studios by Steve Roberts and mastered at Abbey Road by Kathy Bryan. The album truly conveys Jaysons explosive live feel and captures the real soul and emotion of Jayson both musically and in his heartfelt lyrics. It has been released in the UK and is set for release in New Zealand late in 2010 through LOOP.

    The Sound: Combining his rich, earthy voice with a blend of soul, roots and rock, Jayson Norris offers music inspired by many songwriters including Ben Harper, Lenny Kravitz and Bob Marley. Jaysons cultural and musical heritage is subtly reflected with a South-Pacific feel resonating throughout his songs.

    Tune in again tomorrow!!!