Mark Gibson, Jess Lamb
111 East 6th Street
Newport, KY, 41071
This event is 21 and over
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Mark Gibson is a singer/songwriter from Tulsa, OK, who recently transplanted to Cincinnati, Ohio. Over the years, he's been in solo and band projects that contained a wide array of sounds and influences. After the release of his first solo album, "Beautifully Deconstructed," (2012) which still contained influences of bands like U2 and Coldplay, he decided it was time to define his own sound. His love for music began with the guitar, so it seemed like the right place to start. He quickly realized that when he just played for himself, he naturally played bluesy and soulful riffs. He decided to explore those sounds further, and what he found was a more rhythmic and soulful approach to playing and songwriting. When he played and sang in that manner, it felt like he was coming home.
He fell in love with the possibilities, and hasn't looked back since. Gibson released his sophomore album in 2016, "Blue Eyed Soul," and it represents four years of writing and playing the type of music that he loves. Throughout 2017, he recorded a few live shows at Soul City in Tulsa, and will be releasing a full-length live album in late 2017 or early 2018. The album showcases a seven piece band of wonderful Tulsa and Oklahoma City musicians that he's proud to call friends. It's raw and emotive; everything you'd expect from a soul band. This isn't the type of soul music that James Brown defined, it's the type that comes from growing up on the Oklahoma plains. Now he's taking that sound to Cincinnati, and is excited to be a part of its rich and diverse music community. Touring the country is also on the horizon, but no matter where he travels, that Okie Soul will always be in the passenger seat.
American Idol Season XIV Alumna (2015)
Cincinnati Entertainment Awards Artist of the Year, 2016
Jess Lamb is currently writing, producing and recording at Harrison Skydeck in O.T.R., Cincinnati with Hungry Lucy's Warren Harrison. Catch Jess Lamb and The Factory (Kasey Williams/Warren Harrison) on tour this year.
"You're really...the definition of creativity..." ~Harry Connick Jr.
"You have a real point of view. You're an artist, that's plain to see..." ~Jennifer Lopez
"If I was sitting at a club...and you started singing, I would stop, and you would hold my attention until you finished." ~Keith Urban
"Marvelous musicianship coupled with powerful feminine vocals soaring with such soul they would make the late Janis Joplin either weep with joy, or cry in envy." ~Cincy Vibe
"Lamb is an indie artist to the core; she writes and records with many different projects beyond her solo work... Since Jess Lamb's time on American Idol, she has been busy getting her name and brand out in the public eye. She has played constantly at venues old and new, teamed up with other local musicians for projects and made many TV and radio appearances around Cincinnati... Lamb's Idol performances showed America what many Cincinnati music fans already knew - that Lamb's small frame houses a powerful and emotive voice...coupled with her intense and passionate work on the piano..."~Nick Grever "Citybeat"
"Before the first episode airs on Fox, the Cincinnati singer has already made an impression as a contestant on the show. "American Idol" released a promotional video showing Lamb earning unanimous approval from judges (Harry) Connick, Jennifer Lopez, and Keith Urban, with the trio sending her to Hollywod for the next round of auditions. The snippet also shows Connick joining Lamb at a piano for an impromptu duet." ~Chris Varias "Cincinnati Enquirer"
"She settled behind the keys and delivered a wonderfully original version of "Ain't No Sunshine" that had all three judges raving. Harry Connick Jr. seemed most impressed, calling Jess "the definition of creativity. You have a great look about you. You have presence. A very, very interesting talent." ~Mark Franklin "Idol Chatter"