Jared & The Mill

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Jared & The Mill

We're 5 best friends from Arizona, we love our land, we love the desert, we love the mountains, and we love the people. We love each other. We love bonfires and chili lights and Sonoran dogs (look it up) we love dive bars drenched with neon signs, carne asada Tacos at 3 am, we love dirty jokes, we love asking each other what we think about things, we love margaritas, we love Van Halen and jimmy Buffett as much as we love Simon & Garfunkel, Kendrick Lamar, and Gregory Alan Isakov. We love dogs, we love our van Tamata (think "tomato" with a cowboy accent), we love you, it's true.

Over the course of the past few years we’ve released 3 EPs, an album, and played everywhere from Macon Georgia, to Seattle Washington, to New Castle England, even Djibouti Africa (long story, ask us about it). We’ve headlined some tours, hit the road with fellow bands making their name like us, and been lucky enough to share stages and open for some lovely people; like the War on Drugs, Zac Brown Band, Allen Stone, Ron Pope, and many others we look up to. From arenas to dirty dive bars, to theaters, and clubs, we love the road and have toured a lot. Along the way we’ve seen our fan base grow steadily and learned a few things about traveling the country in a van (never forget to fill up on gas in Ft. Stockton West Texas) Our fans (the pack) are our greatest investment, we love them, we really do, and we do our best to insure them that we can’t do this without them.

We've literally done everything to this point without a whole lot of assistance (label, suits, the man), and our music and demeanor reflects that authenticity. In our sound and in our show we are unabashedly ourselves, allowing us to pull off the smallest introspective folk tune in the crowd, or a loud guitar spastic rock out on stage, and still really pull it off for our fans. We fucking love playing on and off stage.

We’ve spent maybe too much time on the road and have grown up relying on ourselves and each other, through heartbreak, through personal struggle, and through missing holidays and special moments at home. These sacrifices are worth it though, and its it only makes us huddle even tighter. The show we put on brings people together in that same way; singing with everybody in the crowd, having peoples arms around one another howling, being honest about regrets, and accepting each other as we are.

We care, a lot. Between visiting fans in the hospital to coming out and playing songs for fans too young to get into venues before the show, we love and care for everyone who gives us their trust and attention and ears to play for.

We're liberally minded, and that's ok. We confront opposition, we're not violent, we believe in understanding, and celebrate people's differences. We want to spread open mindedness and caring with our music and at our shows cuz that shits badass. Our message is one of acceptance, not in a circle sitting 'kum-baya' bullshit way, but in a way of acknowledging that we all have shit we regret, and we all have passions and opinions, and it's up to all of us to filter through our flaws and our regrets to find ourselves. Don’t judge other people, do your best to have a good time in life, and care about everybody, like "everybody" everybody. Our music is about the shit we go through, and we want people who have been through shit to feel like they aren’t alone. Asheville NC based singer/songwriter Jordan Okrend blends the old school with the contemporary. Growing up in Raleigh NC, Jordan picked up the guitar at age 7 and immersed himself in the music scene performing hundreds of gigs from a young age. From his love of artists such as John Lennon, Marvin Gaye and Bob Marley, Okrend struck upon his own soulful sound; vintage pop imbued with an infectious jazzy, bluesy rock edge and socially conscious lyrics. From the get go Okrend’s music tended to draw from the social/emotional spectrum which resonated deeply with his growing fan base.

Jordan released his first two EP’s, "Unpredictable" and "Rising Up", between 2010 and 2012 while attending Berklee College of Music in Boston and supported both releases by performing throughout the East Coast in NC, NY and Boston. He later traveled around Brazil and Hawaii; soaking up the native musical culture which influenced the songwriting for his 2015 release, "World Keeps Turnin". Since settling in Asheville NC in 2016, Okrend has continued with his impressive musical journey. He was a winner in Asheville's Brown Bag Songwriting Competition and was also named as one of the top acts to see at MONDO, NYC . He is set to release a new record in 2017, "Dance By The Riverside" that echoes the conscious sentiments of his musical heroes while building further on his signature soul pop sound. Okrend is excited to get the new music out. "It will definitely be a mix of high energy funk, pop and soul along with the themes of personal freedom, love and unity that I continue to find myself drawn to."

As one recent reviewer from Indie Minded wrote “ With a promising future and nothing but room to continue to develop, singer-songwriter Jordan Okrend is bound to make his mark on the music industry.”