Jason Fowler is a highly respected Toronto singer/songwriter, session guitarist and producer. He has released six independent CDs under his own name and has played on over 100 albums. In addition to his own successful solo career, Jason is also currently the Musical Director & Guitarist for renowned Irish tenor John McDermott, and has toured with him since 2001. Jason has played with a who’s who of the Canadian roots music scene including Anne Lindsay, April Verch, Amy Sky, Marc Jordan, Susan Aglukark, The Cottars, Quartette, Susan Crowe, Nana Mouskouri, Murray McLauchlan, Brent Titcomb, Ian Tamblyn, Jory Nash, Ember Swift, Madison Violet, and Evalyn Parry. A two-time winner at the Walnut Valley National Guitar Championships, in both the Fingerpicking and Flatpicking categories ( a rare accomplishment), Jason is acknowledged as one of Canada’s most gifted guitarists (he also holds a degree in Classical Guitar Performance from McGill University). In 2004 he was the inaugural winner of the OCFF’s Instrumental Composition of the Year Award. As a “hired gun”, Jason is a rarity: he is a consummate musician with an extraordinary command of musical styles from folk, country and bluegrass, to blues, rock, jazz and classical. In 2003 he was the recipient of the CEC McEachern Porcupine Award for Outstanding Musical Accompanist in his native Toronto.
Film soundtrack work includes Arbitrage, Tinker Bell, Going Back & Big Fat Lady. Television work includes Franklin, Relic Hunter, Mantracker, By The Rapids & Eight Days To Live. Jason has played on myriad commercials including spots for Tim Horton’s, LCBO, McDonalds, Hyundai, General Motors, Ford Motors, Fairmont Hotels, Lotto 649, BPI Mutual Funds, Chapman’s Ice Cream, Sportsline and Chieftain Products.
He has opened for Robert Plant, Steve Vai, Deep Purple and Ted Nugent. He has contributed to Acoustic Guitar and Fingerstyle Guitar magazines and has been recognized as one of the city’s finest music teachers in that Toronto’s NOW magazine Reader’s Poll.
With all of the hours hours Jason has logged in recording studios playing on records and working with some of Canada’s top producers, it was a natural step for him to start producing other artists. His studio savvy combined with his musical literacy and vast stylistic knowledge has led to his producing John McDermott’s Journeys, David Bradstreet’s Lifelines, Kevin Hutchings “Light To Shine”, D’Arcy Wickham’s Feather Fingers, John McDermott’s On A Whim (co-produced with Brigham Phillips and Phil Dwyer) and Blake Papsin’s Entwined. and Serious Boy.
He has composed, produced and arranged a number of relaxation albums for Somerset Entertainment Inc. (Solitudes, Avalon) including Southwest Spa, Unwind, and Peaceful Country, in addition to playing guitar on dozens of other albums for their various label affiliates.
His latest solo recording, Lumens of Light, was released in 2010. It features 10 new songs, including 2 instrumentals, and is an amalgam of roots rock, country, folk and instrumental guitar.