Evergreen by Bootstraps

Bootstraps is Jordan Beckett, an American musician, singer and songwriter from Portland, Oregon. Under the moniker Bootstraps, Beckett has released two studio albums, Bootstraps and Homage, and one EP, To Each His Own. Critics have compared Bootstraps’ music to The National, Bon Iver, Ray LaMontagne, Band of Horses, and Coldplay. Bootstraps produces and records out of Harmony Studios, in Hollywood, CA, home to notable records by Adele, , and Sia. 

Beckett grew up in the fertile Portland music scene, spending his teen years going to , Death Cab For Cutie and Modest Mouse shows. A friend gave him ’ Car Wheels On A Gravel Road, which influenced his writing style, though it wasn’t until college that he became serious about music. A college baseball player, Beckett was injured, and while sidelined, he learned to play guitar. The Pacific Northwest’s rich indie landscape provided the backdrop for Beckett’s first steps into song writing and recording.  

Beckett eventually moved to in where he was approached by friend, actor/screenwriter , to write music for the film Take Me Home, which went on to win Best Music In A Film at the Film Festival in 2011.  

Beckett recruited old friends Dave Quon and Nathan Warkentin of We Barbarians, to play on his self-titled debut album. The songs “Guiltfree,” “Forty-Five,” and “Revel” were placed on TV show Parenthood, and “Guiltfree” was also featured on the show Suits.  

This led to him being named Amazon’s Rising Star and playing Way Over Yonder Festival in Santa Monica, California, with Lucinda Williams and . He was then featured in Rolling Stone and performed on Ben Lovett’s Communion tour.  

His 2016 offering Homage, an album of re-interpreted covers, saw Bootstraps further his reach into film and TV placements. His version of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” was featured in Grey’s AnatomySupergirl and in an ad for the Venice Film Festival. His version of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” was placed in the Lionsgate blockbuster film , Lethal Weapon on Fox, and Hawaii 5-0 on CBS. His cover of ’s “Everywhere” also appeared on Supergirl

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