Tacoma singer-songwriter and guitarist Nolan Garrett is releasing his second CD on Friday.
The teen sensation who has opened for Chris Isaak and Johnny Lang will have a release party at Jazzbones in Tacoma for “Brick Lanes.”
“I think it really showcases what I do now and what I do live,” Garrett said.
Garrett is the youngest artist to be signed with London Tone Music in Seattle. The new album was recorded at London Bridge Studios.
Garrett began playing guitar at age 8 when he decided he wasn't good at sports. He released his first CD in 2013.
He keeps a busy performance schedule with two to four shows a month.
In May Garrett was accepted into More Music @ The Moore, a program that connected young aspiring musicians with mentor Sheila E.
“We all got to play a song with her. It was a fun experience,” Garrett said.
Two of the acts Garrett met at the Moore, R&B singer Paris Williams and hip hop artist Romaro Franceswa, will be performing on Friday at the party.
Garrett said he has been evolving as an artist over the past two years.
“The first album was poppy and polished. I’ve been getting away from that,” he said.
The 10 track “Brick Lanes” album reflects Garrett’s new direction to what he calls a more mature sound — more rock and less blues.
“On this album I went with a little more rock to showcase and capture what I do live…the raw energy,” Garrett said.
Garrett, 17, is a senior at Tacoma’s School of the Arts. The album cover art was made by classmate Ian Wheelock. Another SOTA classmate Gabe Best, directed a music video for “Watch it Explode.”
Garrett isn’t sure where his career will take him as he enters his final year of high school. He said he’s playing his future, “by ear.” But, he plans on sticking with music.
“It all depends on what happens,” Garrett said. “Things could take off.”