A member of contemporary New Zealand music royalty, Jason Kerrison is back with his first solo release, #JKEP1, available from iTunes on March 18.

Available for pre-order now, the five-track EP is a offering of eclectic stomp pop with acoustic framing and digital renderings, produced in a manner that will tickle the soul, speak to the heart, and shake the hips simultaneously. With the song You Want Me As Me already receiving radio play and a video for I Don’t Care What They Think featuring The Hip Operation Crew on the way, this is one EP that is sure to shake up the New Zealand music landscape again.

Best known as the front-man of OPSHOP, Jason has enjoyed commercial and critical success at the top of the NZ music scene, picking up 9 NZ Music Awards, the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll Award for Song of the Year and having albums Second Hand Planet and Until the End of Time reach Platinum status in New Zealand. The years since OPSHOP have also been successful for Jason, forming eclectic hip-hip group The Babysitters Circus , which became the first New Zealand act to sit within the top 5 most played songs on Dutch and Italian radio, and featuring as a judge on New Zealand’s Got Talent in 2012 and 2013. Jason was also made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (M.N.Z.M.) for services to Music in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

2015 is shaping up to be another busy year for Jason, appearing as a guest judge on the current series of X Factor New Zealand, performing at Music Matters Singapore in May, and reaching the finals of The International Songwriting Competition, all in addition to releasing #JKEP1. With instantly recognisable vocals combined with a funky new sound, #JKEP1 is a collection of tracks that are simply good fun to groove and jam to, and certainly not to be missed.