With an undying urgency to write, record, and perform, Jackson Kingsley, five youthful rockers from Readington, NJ, ground themselves with their garage rock roots while blending visceral elements of contemporary and indie rock with dream pop. With a reputation for delivering memorable performances, Jackson Kingsley consistently dazzles crowds with a dynamic stage presence and an arena-rock ambiance, weaving together atmospheric synth harmonies, youthful lyrics, and up-tempo rhythms.
Forming in the sub-rural landscape of Readington, NJ in 2010, high school freshmen John Gould (vocals/rhythm guitar), Zach Neumann (lead guitar), Kyle Phillips (keys/synth), and Will Powick met up for a simple jam session that turned into the spawning point for a band. Quickly drafting best friend Tom Lanzilotta for bass, the members formed under the name Easily Confused. With ceaseless musical ambition and unyielding youthful energy, songs began forming like wildfire. A year after formation, the Fresh off the Press EP was recorded, turning out to be the only recording ever produced under the name Easily Confused. By sophomore into junior year, the band was regularly gigging; playing festivals, local shows, and school-sponsored events.
At the start of 2012 the band officially switched its name to Jackson Kingsley. By this time the five high school juniors had established their own sound, by means of constant songwriting with influences from Kings of Leon, The Killers, and Coldplay. Not long after the beginning of the 2012, Jackson Kingsley began home-recording their first EP under their new name. Completed by the start of their senior year, the Jackson Kingsley EP featured “50 States”, “Tell Me Again”, “White Lies”, and soon-to-be local hit “Indiana”.
Said to be “the best purchase ever made” by those who bought it, the EP launched Jackson Kingsley into the higher ranks of the regional and local music scene. Filmed in the middle of their senior year, the “Indiana” music video was used to apply to an opening slot of a concert held by the immensely popular Philadelphia alternative radio station 104.5. Jackson Kingsley was able to make it to the final four out of hundreds of bands that applied. Although they didn’t win, they received the opportunity to play a free concert block party sponsored by 104.5 in Philadelphia with upcoming bands Atlas Genius and Family of the Year. With Jackson Kingsley's growing popularity, “Indiana” also received airtime on the radio.
Though the band members graduated high school and now attend college, they vow to remain a band and to keep moving forward with their musical ambitions. Now back together again from their first year of college, Jackson Kingsley is gigging, songwriting, and recording, looking to release another EP by the end of 2014.