ABC’s “Nashville” star Jonathan Jackson signs to Loud & Proud Records

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Jonathan Jackson, the five-time Daytime EMMY award winning actor who currently plays on the ABC primetime drama Nashville, announced today that he and his band Enation have signed to Loud & Proud Records.

“Jonathan Jackson is a natural performer, poet and a truly genuine person behind it all,” said Tom Lipsky, President and Owner of Loud & Proud Records. “A gifted singer, songwriter and guitarist, Jonathan surrounds himself with very talented musicians, his brother Richard and longtime bandmate Daniel. Jonathan’s words will touch many and the musicianship of Jonathan Jackson + Enation will certainly inspire. They are a truly special group of artists and Loud & Proud Records is thrilled to be their label partner. We are anxious for the world to hear and connect with their new music.”

“We’re thrilled to be signing with Loud & Proud. Tom Lipsky has an incredible vision and passion for quality, transparency and long term success for his artists,” says Jonathan Jackson. “Bands like Coldplay, U2 and Pearl Jam are great examples of artists who are dedicated to their craft but who also see their music as a vehicle for emotional and social change. They are bands who have inspired us to go beneath the surface, to create songs that are not just for entertainment but for a deeper purpose. We believe Loud & Proud understands that vision and we are excited to partner with Tom and his talented team on our brand new album.”

“We believe we have a style and sound that is unique,” says drummer and accomplished actor Richard Lee Jackson, Jonathan’s brother. “We joke and say it’s as if some of our influences like U2, Radiohead and Roy Orbison all got together and adopted a baby boy, gave it our name and then left it to fend for itself.” “It’s all about having integrity as artists,” adds bassist Daniel Sweatt.

This announcement comes on the heels of the premiere of the second season of Nashville, which debuted in September to strong ratings and rave reviews. Jackson joined the ABC hit series at its inception and the show now can be seen in more than 40 countries.

About Jonathan Jackson + Enation

The Daytime EMMY Award winning actor can currently be seen on the ABC primetime drama Nashville. Jonathan plays Avery Barkley, an up and coming singer-songwriter trying to make it in Music City. Since 2004 Jonathan has also been the lead singer, guitar player and songwriter for the indie rock band Enation. Jonathan started his acting career as Lucky Spencer on the hit soap opera General Hospital, winning a total of five Daytime EMMY Awards for his role. His substantial feature film work includes Columbia’s Deep End of the Ocean (with Michelle Pfieffer), Disney’s Tuck Everlasting (with Sir Ben Kingsley and William Hurt) and Warner Bros. Insomnia (with Al Pacino). As a fan and critic favorite, Jonathan’s return to General Hospital in 2010 significantly boosted the show’s ratings. He won the Daytime EMMY two years in a row for Best Supporting Actor in 2011-2012.

The foundations of Enation started with brothers Jonathan and Richard Lee Jackson. Having been raised in Battle Ground, WA they moved to Hollywood, CA to pursue careers as actors at the ripe ages of 10 and 13. Music was in their blood, as their father Ricky Lee Jackson was a Nashville recording country music artist. Jonathan picked up the guitar and began writing songs and Richard had been playing drums since elementary school. Sibling rivalry turned into a synergy of complementary talent as the brothers began to play music together over the ensuing years, culminating in the partnership that is currently Enation.