"Facknitz' songwriting style epitomizes the strength of such confessional greats as Jim Croce and Gordon Lightfoot, with an obvious wink to Michael Penn in the chord changes and an appreciation for melody and structure that might make Elvis Costello feel as though the torch had been passed." - Alfred Watson, Green Room Diaries
Jeremy Facknitz has been entertaining audiences with his lovingly crafted music and high-energy performances for over 20 years. Since the 2002 break-up of his Detroit-based band "The Ottomans" (2001 Detroit Music Award Winner, Best New Alternative Band), Jeremy has performed primarily as a solo act, sharing through an often quirky fusion of folk-rock and jazz his intimate stories of life, love, and self-discovery.
But from 2003 to 2017, those stories fell almost entirely on deaf ears. Facknitz carved out a living as a self-described "plumber musician" - performing at bars, coffeeshops, and corporate events while teaching lessons on the side. "I was releasing albums and performing my own material along with a large catalog of cover tunes, but my music wasn't being heard," says the Michigan native. "I was happy to be making a living performing music, but as the years passed I found myself more and more frustrated playing to the din of drunken conversation." Things came to a head on July 17th, 2017 when Jeremy was diagnosed with viral meningitis. "I came to face to face with my mortality, and I realized it was time for a change. I quit the bars and spent the next year making the leap to house concerts, touring, and performing solely for listening audiences."
The leap has paid off. Today, Jeremy continues to tour the United States, Canada and the U.K., performing primarily at house concerts and listening rooms in promotion of his latest retrospective album, "People and Places", recorded live at Sloan Song Studios in November 2017. When he's not on the road, he and his backing band are recording songs for his 5th album of original material (due out May, 2020) with producer/engineer Jarrod Headley at Northpark Studios in Colorado Springs, Colorado. His past albums "Gimmick", "What a Day", "Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack", and "All's Well" can be found here.
TIDBITS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Member of "The Ottomans" from 1997 through 2002 (2001 Detroit Music Award Winner, "Best New Alternative Group")... Member of "Standing Room Only" with brother Jarod Facknitz from 2001 through 2003... 2009 Pikes Peak Arts Council nominee for "Best Solo Performer of the Pikes Peak Region"... has opened as solo act for/performed with Tim Reynolds, Pat Donahue, Edie Carey, Charlie Milo, Lindsay Weidmann... graduated from the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts in 1997 and was a radio DJ for 4 years (gospel and adult contemporary)... passed the series 7 test for license to sell securities in 2013 and one year later quit working in finance... loves baseball and is an avid fan of the Detroit Tigers baseball club... is married to singer-songwriter Lindsay Weidmann and together they have two children... lives in Colorado.
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PEOPLE HAVE SAID...
"... a native of Detroit, Facknitz enjoys the claim to fame of having beaten out the White Stripes for “Best Alternative Band” at the Detroit music awards in 2001. It’s no surprise either—his music has loads of catchy melodies and rhythmic drive... But what really sets Facknitz apart is his incredibly original lyricism and sense of humor, blended with his own folky, feel-good style." - Ron Logan, 40 oz robot
"Jeremy Facknitz is a one-man acoustic act with the panache needed to become a star, armed with a melodic voice and a truckload of charisma..." - Sydney Hamilton, Colorado Springs Independent
"Jeremy Facknitz is like a singer/songwriter who has been bitten by a radioactive rock star." - Charlie Milo, The Charlie Milo Trio