Jed Bradshaw… Guitarist Extraordinaire

Dear The Internet,

I’m sure you’re wondering why I’m writing to you today. Well, long story short, it’s because Oli made me do it. And I’m sure you know how that goes. You’ve just gotta do what your boss says (hence the name Oli K and not Jed B)!! Wait a minute… Jed B. Has a nice ring to it, right?

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But in all seriousness, I’m quite happy to share my story with you. My name is Jed David Bradshaw, born to parents Meg the model and Dave the rave – yes, those are actual nicknames they had. I was born in Haywards Heath, England, and spent most of my childhood moving back and forth between the United Kingdom and the United States due to my father’s hectic job. When my parents finally made up their mind about where they wanted to live their lives out, we found ourselves living in a lovely home in Alpine, Utah. This was the first house in my life that I spent more than 1½ years and was the first place I could really call home. It was in Alpine that I spent most of my teenage years.

I come from quite a large family. I have 3 brothers and 4 sisters, making 8 of us in total. My family was never very musically inclined. My Mum dabbled in the piano and painting, but in all honesty, my first exposure to and discovery of my musical/creative mind came from my cousins. In particular, Oliver. What’s funny is that this is probably the first he is hearing of this. Hey Oli! You see, when I was about 9 years old I got my first ever iPod nano. Being only nine and having access to no music other than my Dad’s ridiculous dance music, I had to find other places from which to fill my iPod with tunes. One day while showing off my new toy to my cousin Oscar, he showed me his older brother’s “iTunes playlist”. Well, I always loved listening to Oli play guitar and figured it sounded better than my dad’s music, so I downloaded the lot of it.

While the playlist wasn’t too large, it lead to me discovering my taste and love for music. The pure joy that I found in listening to a song and observing the way it could make me feel was something I had never before experienced. Artists like Colplay and The Strokes spoke to me in ways that I didn’t think were possible. In the end, the music changed my life, and I hadn’t even tried playing it myself yet! I was determined from a young age that I would be a musician and rock star just like my favorite guitar player, Jonny Buckland. I wanted to write music that touched the hearts of other people like he had touched mine. So, when I was finally old enough, I bought my first guitar, and I practiced. And practiced. And practiced. I never once took official guitar lessons. Luckily, YouTube had recently become a big thing, and as we all know, you can teach yourself anything with YouTube. So I listened to my favorite songs and learned how to play them all until my musical vocabulary was big enough to write music of my own.

Near the end of High school I met some other students my age that shared my love for music, and the five of us quickly became best friends. We even put a band together and started experimenting with writing music and playing live shows together. Unfortunately, that had to come to an end, but for a cause that I believe in with all my heart. In July of 2014 I had the opportunity to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Denmark, Copenhagen mission. I think the only things that take precedence over music in my life are my family and my faith. I hold the two years I spent in Denmark very close to my heart. I was able to see a new way of life and was introduced to people and ideas other than my own.

Among the many things I learned, I was able to gain a love for my fellow man that I had never before felt. I came home with a stronger conviction to influence people all over the world for good. Luckily, that was when Oli K came in. Oliver approached me, telling me about an exciting new band he was putting together. It spiked my interest, and BOOM, here I am today, living out my passion with 3 of my best friends.

My greatest hope and desire is that this is something I’ll be able to do for the rest of my life. There is a quote by Matshona Dhliwayo that says “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is GREAT work. And the only way to do great work is to LOVE what you do.” Music is what I love to do. I believe it has unique properties that influence us in ways that nothing else can. It brings peace and happiness. It evokes sadness and empathy. It is the platform on which we can express those things which we are unable to vocalize.

– Jed

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