Award winning Singer/Songwriter Jason Mark Yates, was emotionally connected to music from his childhood, his mother suffered from Schizophrenia and there was no natural bond between them. Music became his solace…his friend, and a way to connect emotionally. Jason has played in various bands over the years but now after playing solo he has teamed up with a new partner Alex Turton and they are currently rehearsing their music together.
Jason also has a writing partner, Darcy Jeavons (whom we reviewed recently) from California, USA. They both write seperately and as a team. In 2013 Jason was a Finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest with his song “Reachin Out”. He also enjoyed the success of being a Semi- Finalist and having a Commended entry certificate with one of his Yates & Jeavons songs in other song categories.
There are times in life when you buy music, play it for months on end, and when you eventually put it away, you miss it. This is one of those songs. “Shifting Sands” is a beautiful piece of music that could be pulled from the middle of the Sahara Desert on a moonlit evening under a starry sky.
Jason is a great songwriter and singer who has a wonderful voice which is at times sensual as most of his songs are, if you really listen. He writes through his heart and his life experiences.
I played “Shifting Sands” nearly all day recently and probably drove everyone barmy by the end of the day. For times when you feel down or when you want to just keep on feeling good this is the medicine. Jason’s music leaves you feeling elated with wide-eyed, child-like appreciation. This simply is the power of his music.
The soft soothing music is a perfect fit for Jason Mark Yates and his unique vocal presentation. This could have been classified as simple lightweight pop music was it not for the high standard of musicianship. Jason’s great rhythms, fantastic vocal range, and meaningful lyrics are certainly an attractive and qualifying combination.
Among his vast catalog, “Shifting Sands” in particular seems to possess a fine degree of thematic integrity and tone.