Junior Mesa channels a timeless sound by way of modern means. Rather than comb stacks of record stores, the 20-year-old Bakersfield, CA singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist culls influence from a YouTube search history spanning everyone from Wes Montgomery and Ella Fitzgerald to Jimi Hendrix and Sly & The Family Stone. Under this digitized classic spell, he not only sings with shuddering soul, but he also plays guitar, drums, piano, and bass with understated and instinctive virtuosity. “It’s crazy, because the internet introduced me to all of this old school music,” he explains. “There’s a slower pace that my generation sort of needs, because our lives are so fast and frantic. For me, music is peace. It’s what I want to share.” - Junior Mesa
Growing up in the sleepy California “oil town” of Bakersfield “where nobody really leaves,” songs doubled as a refuge from suburban boredom. In sophomore year of high school, he picked up his grandfather’s guitar and taught himself Nirvana’s “Lithium.” From there, he couldn’t put the guitar down.” Mired in loneliness and haunted by rough bouts of anxiety, he spent countless hours perfecting his talents on the instrument and penning songs. Opting to skirt college, he moved out of his parents’ house and took a job at a local grocery store. All the while, he fashioned a singular sonic style and spirit.