You could say he has a soul for music.
Local musician Jeff Soule is continuing to expand on his already well-established music career.
Soule is originally from Lenoir City, Tenn., and moved to the area in 2014. Since March of 2016, he has performed throughout the region in a duo group called East of Nowhere with fellow musician Teresa Bell.
Soule first got his start in music listening to his grandfather play. His grandfather was a guitarist for the Green Valley Jamboree on the Rem Wall Show. When he was 11 years old, Soule started learning how to play guitar with a little help from The Beatles.
“I started playing guitar when I was 11 on an old acoustic guitar my stepdad had and an old Beatles Anthology songbook. It had diagrams of the chords and I taught myself for about a year until my folks decided to get me lessons,” said Soule.
During those lessons and in choir class at school, he learned more about creating music.
“I had a choir teacher in school who also helped me understand composing and arrangement, and would let me play guitar on some of the songs during performances,” he said.
Soule says it would be hard to define his musical style because he plays a few different styles.
“When I was younger, I was really into heavy metal/hard rock, but nowadays I consider myself an indie/ alternative musician. I play Americana, jazz, rock, country, gospel and even some old time bluegrass. Most of my latest singles are in the alternative rock/ blues/ jazz category,” said Soule.
His music is distributed worldwide, and people can listen to it on his website souletunes.com. His website is a place for his personal music and a way to connect with others about collaborations, instructional, and other interests. On the website he has links to his YouTube, Spotify, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, and Twitter accounts where his music can be found. His latest single, “Free” is out now on his website and other platforms.
“If you search my name you can probably find my music on any musical platform,” said Soule.
Soule used to perform a lot more before the pandemic, but since COVID-19 hit, he has not performed much lately. Even though he has not performed in person in a while, he says he still will perform on virtual open mic nights on the internet.
“I hope to play out in live venues again in the near future,” he said.
Soule has plans for his future in music. He is currently looking into synchronization licenses, which are needed when someone releases a recording of a song that someone else wrote in video format.
“I’ve been studying sync licensing and am progressing toward that avenue with my music. I also enjoy collaborating with other musicians and writing new music. I would like to find the right people to form a band hopefully,” Soule said.