"The hardest part was letting go, not taking part." While this line from Coldplay's The Hardest Part likely means a million things to a million people, it accurately describes Jason Fellman's relationship to music. Having left the musical capital of his personal experience, Portland, for a business opportunity in Austin, Texas, Fellman could never fully escape the call of the Northwest. He recently returned, and is rapidly establishing himself as one of the region's most passionate songwriters. Portland-born Fellman grew up in a family of musicians, and has now returned to his musical roots after his years away in the corporate world. His passionate delivery and rhythmic talent (he was originally a well-trained drummer) are delighting fans who simply have no choice but to move to his songs. With his percussive guitar and tuneful melodies, Fellman is inspired by a diverse list of artists, including Seal, U2, Rush, and James Taylor. These inspirations lead to a strong emphasis on melody. Lovers of music from the 1980's will rejoice, as Fellman has been known to cover artists such as The Police, Tears for Fears, and Howard Jones. Fellman stands out in an industry that is obsessed with "attitude". He is down-to-earth, unassuming, and quite content to perform live for people who have never seen him. This ability to be content is likely due to his long sabbatical away from music. He now fully appreciates the opportunity to share his music with listeners. Fellman is committed to connecting with audiences, and thus far, he has. With a genuine approach to songwriting and a captivating live presence, Fellman is optimistic about the future. His optimism towards his musical career is indicative of his larger view towards life. He believes strongly in the human ability to control one's own destiny. Hence, his CD is entitled 'The Destiny Maker'. Recent reviews point towards Fellman's knack for writing resonating lyrics, lyrics which seem poised to strike a chord with music fans who are disillusioned by a music industry that promotes style over substance. While most musicians speak of their unconditional love for music, Fellman's passion and devotion to his craft are obvious. He maintains that he has no desire take to the road and play bigger venues, but standing room only crowds at recent gigs in Portland may leave him no choice. All signs point to the fact that Fellman is back where he truly belongs - in the Northwest and on the region's many stages.
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