The future is looking bright for Jackson Guthy. The 17-year-old singer-songwriter is about to embark on his second national tour, and, while he has a lot on his plate, he still has the future in mind.
“I want to write my own path, write my own story; rather than follow in the footsteps of other people,” Guthy tells Stereotude.
He has been compared to Justin Bieber, among others, being a young, male singer/songwriter, it’s easy to see why. And while flattered by these comparisons Guthy says he “feels like [Bieber's] a very, very different artist.”
Guthy enjoys Bieber’s music, along with other well-known acts such as Justin Timberlake and John Mayer, both idols of his, but doesn’t claim them as specific influences. He notes: “My music taste is a little bit different from the music that I play.”
Like many new artists, Guthy has used YouTube to help develop his fanbase and demonstrate his range. Noteworthy posts include covers of Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake” and Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know.” Perhaps most surprising, though, is the skillfully reserved approach and soulful tone on his original single “Roll.”
Gearing up to hit the road later this month with Big Time Rush and Victoria Jackson, Guthy released two new singles “Bad Boy” and “Brothers & Sisters.”
Even with major success at a young age, Guthy humbly says, “Working is a blessing and you have to be appreciative about it, because as fast as it comes to you, it gets taken away.”
It’ll be his second time on the road with Big Time Rush. He hopes to “take more time to meet people,” with hour-long meet-and-greets after his sets.
Fans can expect an additional single on the way, possibly this summer when the tour kicks off. It will be available for download on Guthy’s website for free. “No need to pay,” he says, “it’s just to make fans and for everyone to enjoy the music.”