"A powerful, beautiful voice"
We last heard Jared Deck doing a wonderful set at the Ark stage during the 2017 Art Fair. Jared takes life one fight at a time. "The battle has always been internal, overcoming my own failures and working to improve," he says. Raised on the dusty plains of an Oklahoma family farm, Jared worked in the fields as well as the town grocery, owned by his parents. "In a community of 1,200 people, big dreams seem impossible. We're taught to manage expectations, put our nose down, and get to work." Later he worked in an oilfield and a factory. During the Great Recession he got by with a job as a pianist in a black church, where over the next six years, he received an unparalleled musical education. Now, with his self-titled debut album, Jared tells stories in an honest voice of midland America. His song "The American Dream" recently won first place in the annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriting Competition. Michigan songwriter Trey Connor opens.