Jeremy Facknitz will be the first Take 10 performer of 2018 on the Gazette News Facebook platform during the noon hour on Jan. 5. Facknitz has been playing guitar professionally for since 1997, when he started playing with rock band the Ottomans in Detroit. According to Facknitz, they won the Detroit Music Awards in 2001 for Best New Alternative Band. A year later he moved on from the band and since then has really focused on his solo career of singing, playing guitar and writing songs.
Facknitz is proud of his singer-songwriter style that hearkens back to the folk rock of James Taylor or Paul Simon. Facknitz admits he is very influenced by this musical movement of the 1970s, "I want my audience to relate to what I am saying in my songs. My music is very personal and sometimes people say 'Wow, thanks for writing that song.' Other times, the reaction from them may be 'too much information.' Boil it all down and we are all human beings experiencing much of the same things. My music is very honest."
That honesty in Facknitz's music includes a song called "This is the Stuff that my Nightmares are Made Of" about an ex-girlfriend and her substance abuse issues and how he dealt with them. He talked about leaving her one night after having to sleep in his van and wondering why he was staying in a relationship that was so highly volatile. Facknitz said that after singing that song a man in the audience walked up to him and thanked him for writing it. He believes this kind of one-on-one with the audience helps reinforce that music is a special bridge to understanding, "It made me feel proud to have connected with this audience member and validated how important it was to talk about the pain and how to overcome it. It was fantastic."
Facknitz has recorded four albums and is working on a fifth that will be soon to be released. He also does live shows in the Colorado Springs area and on the road. He resides in the Pikes Peak region with his wife and two young children.
I'm hoping you will be part of our first live Take 10 audience of 2018 and watch and listen to the musical message of Jeremy Facknitz on Friday.
I am always looking for performers who can wow a crowd for future Take 10 performances. You can be a musician, magician, poet, playwright or other kind of performer who enhances the southern Colorado entertainment scene. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can book you.