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|Born||Charleston, South Carolina, United States|
|Origin||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
Jeremy Messersmith was born in Charleston, South Carolina, United States, and grew up in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. He began playing music in church at a young age, and like many homeschoolers, counts Sandi Patti, Carman, DC Talk and Michael W. Smith amongst his earliest musical influences. After a promising trumpeting career was tragically cut short due to braces, Jeremy turned to the guitar as his instrument of choice. In 1999, he moved to Minneapolis to study music at North Central University.
His first album, The Alcatraz Kid, released in 2006, resulted in Messersmith being named the "premier under-30 songwriter in the Twin Cities" by City Pages. The Alcatraz Kid also received the attention of Performing Songwriter, KCRW, and The Current. The title "The Alcatraz Kid" was inspired by a man who used the name to prank-call where Messersmith worked.
Messersmith followed up with his second album, The Silver City, produced by Dan Wilson. This album features an array of pop songs ranging from the electronically inspired "Miracles" to love songs like "Love You To Pieces".
The Silver City was recognized in a press poll as the second-best album in the Twin Cities in 2008, losing out only to the rising star of hip hop act, Atmosphere. Messersmith has been featured on NPR, NPR's Car Talk, Paste Magazine, iTunes, NY Times, New York Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Wired Magazine, BoingBoing, USA Today, My Old Kentucky Blog, Yahoo Landing Page, World Cafe Live on WXPN, Independent Film Channel, MTV's The Real World, NBC's Chuck, ABC's Ugly Betty, Two Broke Girls (CBS), and Showtime's The United States of Tara. Additionally, he has had his songs featured in a French Film and Norwegian commercial.
In 2010, Messersmith's Reluctant Graveyard was named one of the Top 10 Albums of 2010 by NPR, Top 25 Videos of 2010 by Paste Magazine, and also won the Star Tribune's Critics Poll for Best Local Artist. His video for the Star Wars themed Tatooine went viral, with Messersmith receiving national press in several publications.
In the Fall of 2012, Jeremy embarked on a "Supper Club Tour" in which he combined Pot Luck Dinners with Living Room Shows, selling out shows across the country.
In 2013, he signed with Glassnote Records for his forthcoming release, Heart Murmurs, which was released in February 2014. He also toured extensively, playing with Tom O'Dell, Daughter, BOY, and Brett Dennen. The lead track from the album, Tourniquet, was featured on The Current, WXPN, NPR's Here & Now, and Time Magazine, where Messersmith was named one of 14 artists to look out for in 2014.
In 2017, he released a digital-only songbook, 11 Obscenely Optimistic Songs For Ukulele: A Micro-Folk Record For The 21st Century And Beyond, which could be downloaded for free from his website. Regarding the release of his own versions of the songs, he wrote "The audio will be released in mid April. I just wanted people to experience the songs with their own voices first."
In early 2018, Jeremy released "Purple Hearts", the first single off his 5th full-length studio album Late Stage Capitalism. In a recent press release, Jeremy elaborated on the narrative of his single, describing it as "...two people on opposite sides of a cultural divide, who are experiencing the loneliness and disconnection of modern society in the form of the worst first date of all time. For a pop tune, that concept is a giant bummer. So I went full Bacharach to lift the lyrics above the dread, and coated the song with a generous layer of 1960s orchestral schmaltz, which I find irresistibly euphoric. So much so that I even dusted off my trumpet from middle school to take a solo during the instrumental break."
Albums and EPs
- The Alcatraz Kid, 2006
- The Silver City, 2008
- The Reluctant Graveyard, 2010
- Paper Moon (EP), 2012
- Heart Murmurs, 2014
- Late Stage Capitalism, 2018
- "Tatooine", 2010
- "Tourniquet", 2013
- "Purple Hearts", 2018
- 11 Obscenely Optimistic Songs For Ukulele: A Micro-Folk Record For The 21st Century And Beyond, 2017
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