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Plenty of Coloradans would say that Jeff Brinkman has the X factor, and now millions found out why when the Longmont singer-songwriter appeared on the Season 3 premiere of Fox reality show “The X Factor” on Thursday, September 12, 2013. The judges all gave Brinkman stellar reviews Simon Cowell was quoted saying “brilliant vocal – naturally great voice”, Demi Lovato “beautiful recording voice, someone that will sell records”, Paulina Rubio “fresh and original”, and Kelly Rowland “beautiful and genuine”.
“It’s been cool. The whole experience was really different. It was definitely outside of the box for me. I couldn’t have my guitar in hand. I just had to sing for a bunch of strangers.” – Brinkman said.
The decision to audition for “The X Factor” was a big and somewhat sudden step forward. “Honestly, some of my friends and bandmates asked me to try out for it and I wasn’t sure if I was going to do it or not,” Brinkman said. “I’ve been doing music for a while, as you know. I really wanted to try and see if I could reach a larger fan base, so it was my attempt to get on the radar of a lot more people and see how far I can go.”
Though early auditions and filming already have taken place, Brinkman is not allowed to discuss much about the competition. If he survives the first round, he’ll be put into one of four categories with a judge as a “mentor.” Ultimately, though, success comes down to an audience vote.
Jeff Brinkman is a blend of folk, indie, pop, rock and something more. While acoustic guitars, cello, upright bass ride a tapestry of percussion and drums. Jeff’s mesmerizing vocals tell a story everyone can relate to. “The X Factor” already has helped launch the careers of many stars who sign with major record labels and even develop their own TV series.
When Jeff Brinkman left his songwriting days in Iowa for the indie music scene in Colorado nine years ago, he was in search of exposure—but not the kind that brings fame and fortune. Rather, he wanted an outlet to get his message of hope across; and as of late, he’s found it, playing numerous events for the Love Hope Strength Foundation and performing with the Delivering Happiness Bus Tour. Both organizations collaborate with musicians and artists across the country to raise money and awareness about cancer.
Despite the potential to go big, Brinkman hasn’t forgotten his roots. About two years ago, a friend asked him to write a song and do a video for the 10-year-old son of a woman who was dying of cancer. It was the impetus to commit full-time to his music. “I lost my mom to cancer when I was 10, so it was something I was happy to do,” Brinkman says. In the wake of his latest album, however, fame is not his primary motivator. “I just try to actually say something with my music and put out messages of hope and kindness to others,” he says. “It’s kind of a pay-it-forward thing.”
Reviewers have described Jeff Brinkman as a cross between Dave Matthews and Counting Crows’ Adam Duritz—an apt comparison—but Brinkman’s voice is a dead ringer for Ray LaMontagne.
You can purchase Brinkman’s newest album ‘Strange’ on iTunes and stay tuned for many upcoming shows, songs, and more.
* References: Colorado Daily, Colorado Sound, and Daily Camera.