If you're a fan of Zac Brown or Chris Stapleton, you should check out Austin Jenckes. The country-blues singer hails from Seattle but has true Nashville-style songwriting chops.
In an interview with Taste of Country, Jenckes professes his love for ballads, “I'm a sucker for a good ballad. It's like my favorite thing." Jenckes penned the all-American ballad, “American Nights," which was featured on Lee Brice's self-titled album.
Austin Jenckes has a face you feel like you've seen before: probably because you have seen him before. Back in 2013, he made it into the Top 10 during Season 5 of The Voice. Sadly, the Team Blake member was sent home before the finals. After his elimination, Jenckes gave an uplifting and humble quote to Entertainment Weekly, "I'm feeling really, really great, actually. It's been such an amazing experience and I got a little emotional last night just because I'm, you know, saying goodbye to so many people that I've spent every day with. I'm very much so at peace and I'm really looking forward to just moving on.“
Since The Voice, Jenckes and his wife welcomed an adorable daughter, who has some killer dance moves. Having a baby made him realize his love of performing. In a Rolling Stone Article, Jenckes says, "But as soon as we had the baby, it hit me that I still love playing live music and that's my first love."
Also, he released his debut single, “Same Beer Different Day," this past August. The track is the perfect soundtrack to a country night. The lyrics and the tempo of the song set the mood for enjoying your favorite brew. Jenckes hopes to release the rest of his debut album later this year.
Check out his amazing acoustic version of “Same Beer, Different Day" below:
Austin Jenckes is currently out on the road with The Cadillac Three. To see tickets and dates, click here.