Jayson Brooks, Exclusive Interview
Jayson Brooks has been making waves in Chicago for years. After coming here from Pittsburgh, Brooks pursued acting, singing, and song writing. The Qu’s Tony Soto caught up with Jayson to discuss his journey as a performer, and the success that he is finding with his hit band, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound.
Erupting with raw emotion, JC Brooks unleashes his soulful shouts and heart wrenching falsetto over the relentless rhythm of guitarist Billy Bungeroth, drummer Kevin Marks, and bassist Ben Taylor. The Uptown Sound is a force to be reckoned with, leading the Chicago Tribune to call them “the real deal” and MOJO Magazine identifying them as “one of the hottest US soul acts”, while the New York Times praised their “neo-soul glory” and the Onion AV Club declared their first album “relentlessly catchy”. It’s live, it’s compelling, it’s now, it’s theatrical. So theatrical, in fact, that they were recently tapped to star in the critically-acclaimed run of the Tony Award-winning musical “Passing Strange” at the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts.