JJayson Norris combines his love of singer-songwriters, indigenous music and all things rock, together with tones, harmonies and melodies that naturally come from his cultural and musical heritage of New Zealand. Creating his distinct sound of acoustic, roots-rock.
Jayson grew up singing and listening to his father’s records from, The Moody Blues, Queen, Chris Rea, The Cars and Bob Marley. When he reached his late teens he was listening to Guns n Roses, Lenny Kravitz, Radiohead, Nirvana and Ben Harper.
It was around this time that Jayson became entrenched in writing his own songs and quickly penned many compositions. Performing them at his high school and recording them on an old stereo.
After finishing school Jayson studied for his music diploma, majoring in songwriting. It was here that many valuable lessons and techniques were learnt and Jayson excelled while performing at night to fund his studies. Performing most nights meant that Jayson learnt the benefits of playing constantly and would soon earn the respect of his peers in the New Zealand music scene and abroad. His clever, dynamic and very energetic use of the loop station has become an integral part of his live shows with many people trying to recreate or interpret his techniques and sounds.
Now based in London, Jayson performs and works all over the globe. He headlines his own tours and has supported artists such as INXS, Shihad, Blue King Brown, The Blackseeds, Pete Murray, Six60, I Am Giant, Tiki Taane, Breaks Co Op, Katchafire, The Feelers, and Dave Dobbyn to name just a few.
Jayson Norris has released two full-length albums independently. A BASKET FULL… in 2006, and FREEDOM TO LIVE in 2010, which was later signed to Loop Recordings and changed to FREEDOM 28 in February 2011 for New Zealand and Australia.
Freedom 28 hit the New Zealand top 40 album charts debuting at #25 and #2 on the New Zealand Independent Charts. The first singles taken from the album, Love Someone and Window, both made the New Zealand top 40 singles chart with Love Someone making number 1 on Juice TV’s Channel 63.
Following on from the success of his singles and album, he was invited to join the cast of the renowned kiwi collective Fly My Pretties, which toured NZ in January 2011.
Jayson’s songs can be heard regularly on the Australian soaps HOME and AWAY, and Neighbours.
His EP - SAVE MY SOUL released in December 2015, Engineered and produced by Tiki Taane. Save My Soul captures Jayson’s live sound whilst retaining his roots and delivering a current edge. The first single from the EP, also named Save My Soul features Tiki Taane and Cocoa Jackson Lane.
Jayson's newest EP, ERODED was released in October 2016. Engineered and Co-produced by Paul Matthews of
I AM GIANT. These new recordings are a combination of constant live performing, clever songwriting and new inspiration from working with peers and professionals over the past 20 years.