Jason Deere:Mormon Vocalist
Jason Todd Deere is a singer, songwriter, record producer, and remixer, noted for his ability to write hit songs and develop hit artists.
Deere was born on Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Oklahoma, on December 19, 1968. By the time he was three years old his family moved to Norman, Oklahoma, where he lived until he graduated from Norman High School in 1987. He began writing songs in high school and played in local bands around Oklahoma.
He attended Brigham Young University his freshman year, then served as a missionary in Las Vegas, Nevada, for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After his mission, he earned his bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Oklahoma. After graduation, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he still lives with his wife.
SHeDAISY was the first act that he worked with extensively, and his career took off when they were signed to Disney’s Lyric Street Records in 1999. Deere co-wrote five songs on their platinum debut album The Whole SHeBANG, including three top ten hits.
He has written songs recorded by Little Big Town, LeAnn Rimes, Jessica Simpson, Jim Brickman, SHeDAISY, Be Be Winans, Natalie Grant, Point of Grace, Wanessa Camargo, Leonardo, Luiza Possi, The Wreckers, James Wesley, Chad Brock, and Due West.
He spent more than five years producing demo recordings of the songs of the successful songwriter Diane Warren. He has also produced music with American Idol Season 5 Winner Taylor Hicks, Ryan Shupe & The Rubberband, Carmen Rasmusen, Eric e Henrique, and Due West.
With his remixing partner, Silvio Richetto, Deere had a run of hit single remixes for artists like Jamie Johnson, Joe Nichols, and Lady Antebellum. The best known was Trace Adkins’ “Honkytonk Badonkadonk.”
In 1999 Deere produced BMG’s Brazilian Recording artist Wanessa Camargo’s self-titled debut album. The success of this album led to Deere producing six consecutive albums on Camargo. He also wrote many of her hits over the years including “O Amor Não Deixa,” “Tanta Saudade,” “Gostar de Mim,” “Um Dia . . . Meu Primeiro Amor,” and “Sem Querer.” Deere had more than fifty songs recorded in the Brazilian market and nine hit singles with Camargo, Leonardo, and Louisa Possi.
Nashville Tribute Band
Between 2005 and 2007 Deere wrote, recorded, and produced two best-selling and award-winning albums about the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Joseph: A Nashville Tribute to the Prophet and Trek: A Nashville Tribute to the Pioneers. A third CD, released in 2011, is The Work: A Nashville Tribute to the Missionaries.
The fourth CD, with more of a pop-music sound, was released in March 2014. Entitled My Call to Serve, it was created after President Thomas S. Monson announced the age-change for young men and women to serve full-time missions.
Deere invites a revolving cast of talented artists and musicians that he calls the Nashville Tribute Band to join him in touring the world performing the stories and songs from the Nashville Tribute albums. The list includes Dan Truman (of the country group Diamond Rio, who has been with him since the creation of the band), Brad Hull, Matt Lopez, and Tim Gates (of the country group Due West), entertainer David Osmond, actor and recording artist Katherine Nelson, country artist Billy Dean, Ron Saltmarsh, pop artist Mindy Gledhill, Dyer Highway, and Ben and Chad Truman (of the group Truman). The band has performed over 500 shows for audiences in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and China since 2004. They have performed in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City as well as given several performances in the Tabernacle on Temple Square.