At just twenty-two years old Jared Dion has already seen a side of the world that most could only read about. He joined the Air National Guard in January of 2000, finished basic training, and went on to MSU-Moorhead to continue his education. After only a few months into college he started his own business as an affiliate of AFLAC dealing with insurance in small businesses. After his short stint in the business world he was called to active duty due to the September 11th tragedy. He served in the United States and spent some time in Bahrain, which is located just off the coast of Saudi Arabia. He now continues his education at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks working diligently on his music. Jared is a young songwriter with a thirst for the undercoated, blatant, honest truth and has brought his experiences to the stage with his gifted voice and intense acoustic guitar. Jared picked up his first acoustic at the age of sixteen while living in Fargo, North Dakota. He began to play like many young performers do, trying to learn the songs that he heard on the radio, but soon stopped because he felt he was not giving the music enough emotional credit. He thought that if he was going to play a song and give it all the attention it deserved he had better start writing his own music. Fueled by an emotional history, he sought to tell the world his story through lyrics. He auditioned and won the Lakes Regional Arts Scholarship in 1999; one of the perks of this win was a chance to study with one of the world's greatest acoustic guitar players, Tim Sparks. In the fall of 2004 Jared stepped into the musical spotlight and began performing, since his first solo performance in October he has continued moving forward playing several venues. He has just finished putting the final touches on his first CD and has set the release date for May 4th, 2005. His debut album is a soft blend of faith, love, hope, and pain, full of rich blended melodies and rhythms, and is stacked with soulful warmth. It was written out of sadness, but not enveloped in tears; Jared says, 'Sadness is too often paired with being unhappy. It's not a bad thing; really, it's a good reaction much like happiness. I find more clarity when I'm sad, and my true feelings and words tend to come out a lot easier.' His music was inspired by the acoustic strummings of Jack Johnson, the soul of Ben Harper, the inspirational truth of Dave Matthews, and all the faith of Jars of Clay.
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