Today's featured teenager, Jamey Geston, was 12 when I first met her, surrounded by seasoned industry professionals praising her songwriting abilities at the Durango Songwriters Expo in Buellton, California.
Over the past two years, I have watched this young lady mature into a dynamic performer and a prolific songwriter. She has gone from performing in coffee houses and small venues to playing on the Main Stage at this year's NAMM. She showed confidence, maturity and incredible stage presence as she performed solo with her guitars, ukelele and piano on the same stage that had been host to such industry legends as Tower of Power, the Legends of Rock (featuring members of The Motels, Three Dog Night, Blue Oyster Cult, Iron Maiden, Asia, Yes, Bad Company, BB King and Quiet Riot) and California Transit Authority, the new project for founder and drummer Danny Seraphine of the Chicago Transit Authority.
Along the way she has picked up support from long-time musicians like Kenny Metcalf (former keyboardist for Stryper and now fronting a tribute band called Elton the Early Years), and a full endorsement from Daisy Rock Girl Guitars.
Geston makes each cover she does her own, and covers a wide range of artists. But she truly shines when she sits down to the piano and belts out some of her original songs.
She may be only 14, but Geston is a seasoned professional with a long career ahead in the music business.