JADE DAY BIOGRAPHY Jade Day is simply emerging. His dark, soulful folk and alternative rock sound, with it's passive-aggressive melodies, astounding vocals, intricate arrangements, and poignant lyricism, is giving those who've discovered it something they've been longing for: substance. Jade (his given name) was raised in a small town on the high plains of Colorado. His family of working musicians nurtured his inborn love and propensity for the art. In college, Jade studied philosophy and theater while fronting an alternative rock band. This time of introspection and the discovery of esoteric artists like Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley, and Elliot Smith spurred Jade to write. Post graduation, with two solid years of playing shows in the Denver area, he uprooted to Austin, Texas in 2003 to find what has become his unique sound while amassing an army of true believers. After only one year in Austin, Jade generated public interest with the release of two intimate acoustic albums: In Absence or Abuse and The Taste. These recordings exposed a rich, singular sound that laid the foundation for a loyal local following (quite telling in such a competitive music scene). With this new support, Jade sought to form a group that would fully convey his artistic vision. He quickly found what he was looking for. What resulted was Chimera (pronounced kie-MEER-ah), the new album which features Sister 7 guitarist Wayne Sutton, jazz/rock drummer Wayne Duncan, and Jade's brother Taylor Day on bass. The band developed the songs for the album during Jade's weekly residency at Momo's, a downtown Austin nightclub. Thriving off the immediacy of live performance, Jade's captivating voice and the group's dynamic synergy easily set them apart from their Texas music counterparts. In hopes of capturing that energy, the band began laying down tracks for Chimera at Austin's Music Lane Studios in the summer of 2004 with Andy Sharp (Kissinger) as engineer and co-producer (alongside Jade). A five song EP was released to coincide with Jade's South by Southwest (SxSW) showcase in March 2005. It was soon picked up by Redeye Distribution and is currently available for download at all of Redeye's partner digital retailers. The full-length version, which is comprised of all original material, was released in October 2005 and has been featured on America's top Triple A radio station 107.1 KGSR, NPR's 90.5 KUT and Rock station 93.7 KLBJ. Jade has also appeared on Austin's ME-TV (Ch. 15) and Fox Morning News, and recently was honored by the City of Austin and Mayor Wynn, proclaiming February 9th as "Jade Day - day." With national interest gaining, Jade began touring coast to coast in support of Chimera. Invitations to play the NY Singer-Songwriter Sessions (at CBGB's), New Orleans' Cutting Edge Conference, Vail Mountain's summer series, Seattle's Rendezvous, and L.A.'s The Mint and Genghis Cohen proved to be a great introduction of this new talent. The beginning of 2006 will kick off with showcases at the International Folk Alliance Conference (February) and again at SxSW (March). In between tours, Jade has also begun recording a concept album inspired by his two-year period as an orderly at a psychiatric hospital, collaborating with world-renowned composer/arranger Stephen Barber (David Byrne, Keith Richards, Chris Whitley, Shawn Colvin) and the Tosca String Quartet. Though his writing and performances are certainly moving, what remains most striking is Jade's voice: a deep timbered tenor that moves effortlessly through an astonishing range, sometimes escalating to rock screams and resting in hauntingly delicate falsettos. Comparisons to such highly regarded artists as Jeff Buckley and Thom York have helped convey his talent and appeal (Austin Chronicle 9/04, Village Voice 8/05), yet somehow limit the significance of Jade's ever evolving sound. With such an impressive debut and a constant flow of creativity and vision, it is riveting to watch this artist rise. Jade's music is a graceful yet powerful force, and at only 25, he is poised for greatness.