About Jared


Jared O'Connell -- Singer / Songwriter, Guitarist

with the Blueshift Band 
Anthony Garcia -- Vocals, Drum 
Tim Qualls -- Vocals, Drum
Nick Tudor - Sax, keyboard
Waylon Nicholson -- Guitar 
Alex Izzarelli -- Bass

 Jared O'Connell is a singer / songwriter / guitarist from the San Francisco Bay Area. His unmistakable sound blends grungy rock with hip-hop, soul, and funk. Jared's's consistently superb and innovative songwriting transcends the barriers of age and genre, making him a force to be reckoned with in the underground music scene.

Jared was frontman for the alternative rock band Blueshift for 12 years. He values the time spent with the band and their inspiring contributions to his music. He is now launching a solo act, but will forever value his time with Blueshift.

Jared toured the US West Coast with Blueshift  from the Los Angelos area to Seattle WA.  Blueshift has collaborated with Blackalicious emcee Gift of Gab. Their debut album was co-produced by Corky Laing, drummer and songwriter for 70's super group, Mountain. Tracks from Dirty Machine have aired on college and underground radio across the globe. Pandora Radio launched a Blueshift Channel in early 2011. Blueshift has appeared on San Fransisco Bay Area television and radio stations, and currently gets airplay on KRSH 95.9 FM and KITS Live 105.3 FM.

Some of Jared O'Connell and Blueshift's performance highlights include: Interfusion Music Summit in Palm Springs, CA, UC Berkeley, Sonoma State University, Chico State and the Lifeschool Benefit sponsored by KRSH 95.9 FM. Blueshift performed at the Last Day Saloon and the Phoenix Theater, sharing the stage with acts like Lyrics Born, Trainwreck and KRS-One. They have appeared repeatedly at the Sebastopol 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza, an event attended by thousands annually.
     
Blueshift's debut album, Dirty Machine, is available on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and local music stores. Their second album, featuring Gift Of Gab, is in production. They have a wealth of material and more albums on the way. Blueshift's music video for their first release, “Yesmen,” has received notoriety for its originality and humor, and has been selected to receive ad revenue from Youtube.  Blueshift's tunes are now available on Spotify, MOG, LastFm, Jango and Rdio. 
    
Blueshift was formed in the summer of 2004 by childhood friends Jared O’Connell and Waylon Nicholson. They grew up together on the Russian River, and started playing guitar together when they were 11 years old. O’Connell’s songwriting is sophisticated, featuring pleasing, edgy vocals, melodic guitar work, and insightful lyrics. Waylon’s remarkable guitar style is original and intricate, and his songwriting is sincere. Bass virtuoso Alex Izzarelli writes complex bass lines played on his homemade bass. Drummer Anthony Garcia lays down hard hitting, funky beats. They are practiced musicians who, after playing together for more than 12 years, perform comfortably on stage, easily engaging the audience, improvising, and putting on a great show.