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Judge for Jared Malmfeldt

Elgin, IL
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Portrait of Jared Malmfeldt
Tales of woe and dismay driven by manic, melancholic guitar riffs, boldly contrasted by twisted sentiments of love and simple folk ballads all spun with well-crafted lyrics the likes of which have not been heard since Bob Dylan’s Greenwich Village days. Jared Malmfeldt creates musical landscapes that leave the listener begging for more in a patchwork of emotions.

Influenced heavily by the beat movement of the early sixties, Malmfeldt credits Bob Dylan and Nick Drake for the person he is today, although his music is colored by shades of Joni Mitchell, Jeff Buckley and The Beatles. In concert the 24 year-old hammers out songs on guitar and harmonica with unbridled ease. His live shows are punctuated by hilarious, sometimes overly-personal anecdotes and insights into his songs. Although reclusive at times, the eclectic songwriter is quickly making a name for himself playing some of the most highly regarded festivals and venues in the Midwest and splitting time between Chicago and New York.

With the enthusiasm and passion for the craft of songwriting that radiates from him, Jared Malmfeldt is proving to be one of the forerunners of the current acoustic scene and is poised to become one of the leading figures of the genre. Every day he continues to raise the bar for himself and there is no signs of slowing down for this prolific, young songwriter.