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Coast To Coast Closeup – Jeff Orson

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May 25, 2020 at 10:03 am - Home, Coast to Coast Closeup
By Cal Gratton

The Coast To Coast Closeup is presented by The Eagle River Casino and Travel Plaza in Whitecourt.

Born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Jeff Orson received his first guitar as a Christmas gift at the age of six. An older cousin gave Jeff some basic lessons and left him to it. He continued to play sporadically over the years.

 In the early spring of 2014, Jeff was diagnosed with colon cancer. After getting over the initial shock, Jeff turned to writing music for solace. A hospital custodian heard him playing from bed during his recovery and urged him to take his music to the world. One tune seemed to lead to another and before long he had a catalogue of over 100 songs.

 After receiving a clean bill of health, Jeff’s story was featured in the Toronto Star, followed by a bio segment on @Home TV. Playing at shows followed, where a loyal following began to emerge. Jeff’s fans appreciate his music’s straightforward style and relatable, heart-felt lyrics which are inspired by real life experiences. An artist with broad appeal, Jeff humbly aspires to compose authentic anthems for our times.

 In recent years Jeff has played numerous venues around the world. On the heels of successful features in Singapore, France and Sweden and a headline show at Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern in 2016, Jeff has had several busy years abroad with shows in Dublin (Ireland), London (England), Glasgow (Scotland), Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, New York, Miami, Honolulu and Mexico City.

Jeff released “Pray” in March of 2020.  This song was in response to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, and was a way of reaching out to people feeling isolated and uncertain.  All proceeds of Bandcamp downloads are being donated to the UN/WHO COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

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