As a kid growing up in Brooklyn, NY, Seth Hilary Jackson’s first musical love was The Beatles. Other favorites included The Dave Clark Five, The Kinks, Herman’s Hermits, The Supremes, and The Monkees. Later on, he started to love bands like The Doors, Cream, and Jethro Tull. One day, as a teenager, he walked into a Grateful Dead concert and was hooked. His love of The Dead eventually led him into country music.
Seth grew up with an older brother who played piano. Hearing his brother play, Seth wanted to learn guitar but had to wait till he was 10 to begin lessons. By then, he was too busy playing ball to spend much time practicing, and the lessons stopped. But when his brother began writing songs as a teenager, Seth thought that was the coolest thing in the world and began to dream of being able to write his own.
During his college days at Brown University, Seth bought a guitar and started learning chords. It wasn’t until he was an MBA student at the Wharton School when he wrote his first song, “The Job Search Blues” satirizing his experience with the frenzy of the MBA employment scramble. The very next song he wrote, “The Atomic Bop”, received airplay in the Boston area and prompted The Beat Magazine to write, “Be on the Seth Jackson alert.”
Seth left the corporate world and made the move from the East Coast to Los Angeles to study songwriting at the Grove School of Music. After completing the program, he started visiting Nashville, Tennessee on a regular basis and learning the craft of writing songs to pitch to country artists. This led to his appointment as Coordinator for the Los Angeles Chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI). Eventually, he expanded into writing pop music.
Dozens of Seth’s songs have been placed with recording artists and in film and TV. Several made the Top 10 on the European Country Music Association airplay charts with one hitting #1 and another reaching #2. His song, “X-Ray”, recorded by German pop band Hella Donna, made it to #20 in the world on the Music Worx deejay chart and was the #1 download.
Seth received front-page news coverage and a Presidential invitation to the White House for his song, ‘Pfc. Ross A. McGinnis”, honoring a war hero who sacrificed his life to save his friends. Private McGinnis was posthumously awarded a Medal of Honor, and the song was performed at the US Army reception following the Medal of Honor ceremony. This remains one of Seth’s proudest moments.
In 2017, after many years of writing for others, Seth felt it was time to record his own album. As an independent artist, it was liberating to be able to choose the songs he loves without having to go through music industry middlemen and gatekeepers. This gave him the freedom to choose a variety of material covering a long period of time, including songs written decades ago to ones written just days prior to going into the studio.
Seth is excited to share his music with you and hopes you will get as much joy listening to it as he had creating it.
Seth Hilary Jackson is on radio rotation with the tracks “You’re a Diamond” and “If Love Had a Butt”.
Official website: www.sethhilaryjackson.com