Awake & Waiting
As laid-back and inviting as the sandy shores of West Michigan from which he hails, singer/songwriter Jeremy Hoekstra's casual style bids listeners to be at ease while still compelling them to note his lyrical depth and artistic prowess. Terry Deboer of Spotlight Magazine writes, "Jeremy Hoekstra...often has a light-hearted manner ...but he also has a serious side that points to his desire to produce quality art with integrity." Hoekstra's "desire to produce quality art" can be seen in how he has fused his love for simple, thoughtful music, like that of influences such as Glen Phillips, Nickel Creek and James Taylor, with his passion for the melodic rock sounds of Toad the Wet Sprocket, Gin Blossoms, Mat Kearney, Coldplay, Counting Crows and Travis. In all of his work, Hoekstra's easy voice and clear melodies weave effortlessly through his medley of eclectic instrumentation that nods at influences rooted not only in '90s rock and roll, but also in jazz, folk, bluegrass, and pop. Hoekstra's musical quality, versatility, professionalism and ability to relate to people in their individual circumstances, musically and otherwise, have garnered him audiences at over 40 performances in coffeehouses, clubs and festivals in 2007, and the demand continues. He has shared the stage with the likes of Mat Kearney, Griffin House, Jon Troast and Josh Schicker. To answer the demand, Hoekstra not only continues to tour, but he also just released his sophomore project, Awake and Waiting, in the fall of 2008. With song styles ranging from pop/rock to acoustic, Awake and Waiting continues to reflect Hoekstra's varied inspirations and helps define what "singer/songwriter" means for today's generation of music. This album was preceded in 2006 by his introspective debut album, The Struggle of Hope. This well-received album sold out of it's first print run, prompting the release of Awake and Waiting. The progression of his first project to his second "proves [Jeremy's] talent has grown and developed" (Leslie Speyers, Holland Sentinel, September 18, 2008). Both albums reflect Hoekstra's desire to create quality music and to offer hope to listeners.