Gospel Mogul’s Talents Are Alaska-Grown
Jarrett Dyson learned his musical skills with help from another gifted Alaskan
ANCHORAGE - It’s not very often in Alaska you can say a music executive is from your hometown.
It’s something that for Jarrett P. Dyson is more a dream than an actual job. But it’s his hard work that's brought him from serving coffee to serving hits in the studio, and he gives all the credit to his family, friends, and faith in God.
It is often said that musical talent is more gift than skill, and there's no doubt Jarrett is a gifted man. Every beat and note he creates is part of a quest to create the perfect work of art. It’s a gift he turned into a career.
“I always knew that music was part of my life,” said Dyson. “Growing up watching ‘Making the Band,’ it’s like, man, you know that's what I want to do; I want to develop artists.”
But it’s more than just making music. Jarrett wants to share his gift because it didn't start with him.
There’s another gifted man, Jarrett’s friend Junior Jones, who helped him find his own talents. Jones has challenges, including being legally blind. But music has allowed him to transcend them.
Junior began to share his talent with Jarrett when he showed him how to play the drums. “I feel like it's a gift, because I have a gift,” said Jones.
“I always felt like Junior was like my older brother,” said Dyson. “He was telling me now look you got to get that roll right and make sure that note is right.”
Thanks to Junior's guidance, it's a lesson Jarrett is taking to heart from the chapel on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson to gospel's biggest stage, because he's producing for some of the industry's biggest stars like Smokie Norful and Kiki Sheard as an A&R executive for EMI Gospel.
“I look at my phone sometimes and I see all the different artists and stuff in there and its like wow,” said Dyson. Through humbleness and hard work, Jarrett’s plan is to keep making music.
“That's what gospel music is, it connects to people's heart strings, it reminds them of something good, something positive,” said Dyson. Dyson’s inspiration is something those around him don't want him to stop anytime soon.
“I give him an ‘A’ because he worked really hard,” said Jones.
It’s a gift Jarrett's is making sure everyone else receives. “Faith without works is dead.”
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