Ever since a young age, music has been a large part of senior Jason Harris’s life.
“I started playing guitar when I was 10 years old. My dad is a phenomenal guitarist and watching him play sparked my passion for music,” Harris said.
After playing hours a day for the past seven years, Harris wants to attend Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. Nashville is often known as “Music City,” due to the large amount of musicians that reside in the city.
“Attending Belmont will place me with some of the most gifted musicians in the world,” Harris said.
Harris wants to continue playing music throughout his life, hoping to make a living performing for others. “I plan to work as a guitarist for various touring musicians,” Harris said.
Ever since seventh grade, Harris has played for his church’s worship team. As Harris gained experience, he was drawn to the stage and wanted to continue playing for more people.
“As my playing abilities grew, I became inclined to form a band of my own. With a couple other guys in my church’s youth group, we formed a rock band called Uncle Tony,” Harris said.
Uncle Tony was founded when Harris was in eighth grade and lasted until his junior year in high school. The band performed in venues throughout Sacramento and performed in competitions that attracted the top local bands.
Harris is now playing with a country artist named Stacy Stone and he has been performing in dozens of concerts with her throughout the Sacramento area.
By getting as much experience as possible, Harris hopes to become a better performer and to increase his guitar playing abilities.
Harris loves to play guitar for many reasons, including an artistic channel for Harris to release his emotions. “Playing guitar is a way for me to convey feelings. It serves as a creative outlet to express myself.”
While Harris is not playing guitar, he enjoys attending local artists’ gigs, watching movies with friends, and spending time with his family.