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He may be only 23 but American singer songwriter Jared Dylan has packed a whole lot of lives into his fledgling career – and now he’s found a place to nurture his creative juices by moving to Ireland. He has described his trans-Atlantic journey as a homecoming – and professionally it has given him the chance to collaborate with a host of Irish artists including Paddy Casey and Ryan Sheridan.
On top of that it has allowed him to foster his other cultural talents as well as his music, and he has just released a new short film, Consequence, for which he has also written the soundtrack.
Jared will be in Galway for a gig on Wednesday, October 24, playing at the intimate Secret Garden in the heart of the city’s West End. It’s a venue he has played before – and he also has fond memories of a gig at the Quays with Aslan.
All of which might seem a long way from New Jersey where he grew up and first began playing music in his early teens.
“It was just me and my guitar,” he says.
He started writing his own material at fifteen years of age and found he had a real passion for it. And since he was seventeen, he’s been travelling the world making music.
“Entertainment became the obvious career path for me,” he says – and things took off on all fronts for him from the very start.
“After two years of writing and recording original material and just starting to perform my own songs, I had completed my first EP, In Panic, had an acceptance letter from the University of Miami, and worked as an official cast member on Season Three of The Voice in North America.
“After that year, I realised I had already taken the steps to become a professional musician,” he adds.
Jared loves the process of writing music – and at the core of that is the chance to tell a story.
“The process is the inspiration, and storytelling is always the most important part,” he feels.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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