Which comes first,
the lyrics or the melody?
Well, sometimes the lyrics and sometimes the melody.
they even come together and that's
And the magic began by accident.
Jace's earliest memories revolved
around music. His mother always had music playing in their home,
and between her and his older brothers they had a pretty decent record
collection with a lot of variety.
Starting at the age of seven to
learn "keys", Jace hung in there through 4 years of lessons and endless
hours of practicing, and then he felt it was time to move
on. His next challenge
... "sticks and skins", playing drums for 2 years.
came a fateful evening when Jace was 14. In the midst of talking
with his parents about the possibility of getting a complete drum set,
cautiously asked him if there was any other instrument he'd like to
"Yeah! GUITAR!" When his Dad found out the difference
between the cost of a guitar and a full drum set the decision was easy,
and a few days
later Jace was the proud owner of a new set of "strings". The
an accomplished poet, Jace began trying his hand at
songwriting. And the magic
hasn't stopped since! At 16 he had 'em singing along at a youth
conference in Monterey, and at 17
he thrilled audiences from San Francisco to New York, and then on
to Europe with performances in London, Brussels, and several locations
in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He finished his successful
trip with three SRO performances in Paris.
writing continued through college and then subsided a bit as
marriage and family and the need to "properly" provide for them began
to occupy his time. His creative juices flowed with
his Freelance Photography business, and a variety of other ventures,
but the music never died.
passion was always there and in 1993 Jace was invited to be a guest
DJ on the Terry McGovern morning show
on San Francisco's oldies station 93.3 FM KYA. Another dream
fulfilled and a peek into the
future, for Jace turned that opportunity into a career. In less
than 8 months Jace was on the radio
at another San Francisco Bay Area station keeping listeners entertained
during those "wonderful" Midnight - 6 am hours!
five years of the "Midnight Ride" it was time for a new
direction, or perhaps a return to his
ultimate passion ... songwriting!
lot has changed in his style and craft over the years (a file
containing over 75 songs Jace wrote
during high school and college has been lost so he can't make any
specific comparisons), but the passion and fire are more alive today
than ever before!
is living his wildest dream ... Songwriter!