Guitarist, singer-songwriter of “Five Minutes With”, Jeff Eager
Versatility is the hallmark of Jeff Eager’s talent. The character and scale of her voice, the pocket of her guitar playing, and her approach to writing and arranging seem to move effortlessly through genres. Soul, rock, funk, pop, R&B: Jeff Eager knows and combines all these styles with authenticity. Add to this an imposing stage presence radiating experience and charm; it’s clear why Jeff Eager has carved out a reputation for himself as one of Canada’s most dynamic musicians.
Musical diversity has led Jeff Eager through a career of varied and exceptional experiences. As a guitarist, Jeff’s years of working with recording artist Elise LeGrow (S-Curve / BMG) have taken him across the continent, from Hollywood to Halifax. Elise and her band performed at the 2018 TED International Convention in Vancouver and made a first European tour for pop legend Rick Astley.
Jeff Eager has performed on stage with rock icon Lenny Kravitz, accompanied The Voice France winner Yoann Freejay on tour, and worked with Canadian stars Gary Beals, Arkells, Shakura S’Aida and John Orpheus.
In 2014, Jeff Eager independently released his debut album, Bonavista, and presented original shows at the TD Jazz Festival, Burlington Sound of Music Festival, Trius Jazz Festival and as a guest star at Sean Jones’ Soul in the City. at Casa Loma, Toronto.
Today Jeff Eager is working hard on his second studio album. With seven years of life and professional experience between his works, Jeff brings a very different perspective to his art this time around. Continuing no trend now and drawing heavily on the timeless artists who influenced it, this album is a wealth of classic songwriting: strong melodies over moving chord progressions, with lyrics that tell a story. , rich instrumentation, arrangements and many hooks! Jeff leaves a contribution to the golden age of analog music (despite the inability to time travel!) With an album that sits comfortably in a record collection alongside Prince, Earth Wind and Fire, Elton John, Chicago, Supertramp, Michael Jackson, Peter Gabriel and Hall & Oates.
Pop, Rock, Funk, Retro
Let’s say 2007, because that was my last year at another job. Since then, he has been a “musician”.
Number of albums:
One broken down, one under construction (2022)
“I don’t dance anymore”
“For your love”
Favorite musician growing up:
The first artist to capture my imagination was Michael Jackson. (as the second line of “I Don’t Dance Anymore” alludes to…) When I started playing guitar around 13, Led Zeppelin quickly became my favorite band throughout my teenage years.
Favorite musician now:
That hasn’t changed – the tallest is Michael Jackson. Even after spending my youth listening to riffs from Led Zeppelin, Queen, and Lenny Kravitz, I returned to MJ in my gig career, now performing live songs that 8-year-old Jeff was lip-syncing to in his bedroom.
Guilty pleasure song:
There is a lot of Disney music in my house (being a father of daughters) and you know the songwriting is just top notch! Personal Favorites: Love Is An Open Door (Frozen), Reflection (Mulan), How Far I Will Go (Moana)
Ritual of the performing arts:
I have no particular rituals. I try to remember what my friend Shawn Brady (Toronto singer) told me, that the stage is a sacred place. And “the stage” can be an arena for thousands of people or the corner of a pub where a table has been moved for the musician. Regardless, you always approach the stage with gratitude, ready to play and entertain.
Favorite local musician:
There are so many fantastic musicians in the GTA. If you ever get a chance to watch Chris Rouse do his thing, you’ll see someone who has spent decades living in the music of Prince, Sly Stone, and Stevie Wonder. I will also add Wado Brown to my favorites. You can see Wado accompanying a lot of different artists, but when he takes center stage and leads a band… wow!
EP or LP?
For me at the moment it’s LP (summer 2022 release)
Early bird or night owl?
Night Bird. Even after gradually moving from “single life in the city” to “husband / father in the suburbs,” I still can’t go to bed early.
Road or studio?
I’ve always been a live player, that’s what I love the most. Road on studio.
Upcoming shows or albums?
Check out the two new singles! What is your style the most? Let me know. As I spend the winter months finishing the full album, you can still find me playing in the GTA. Go to jeffeagermusic.com for dates.
Where can we follow you?
Instagram | YouTube | Facebook
Rapid Fire Toronto Qs
Favorite local restaurant:
Well done to Naomi and Studebaker in Burlington. We discovered take out food during the pandemic lockdown, and later found out that they were hosting live music.
Favorite street in your city:
Love the peaceful walk to Guelph Line north of Dundas. Travel to Guelph and Kitchener / Waterloo for concerts or sessions or to visit friends. I still appreciate this route, the greenery, the windows down, the fresh air.
Favorite park in your city:
Bronte Creek Park – the trail along the ravine is a beautiful place to run.
Favorite music location in your city:
I’ve performed quite a bit at the Burlington Performing Arts Center over the years – great theater, great staff and sound team.
Favorite music store in your city:
I’m not sure what we have here in Burlington, sorry to say. If anyone knows of a good record store here, drop me a line!