Meet Jeremy Gloff

-by Slobodan Juric
-appeared on TBO (Tampa Bay Online)

Who’s in the Mix?
Gloff is a solo artist singing to the bay area’s club patrons. Depending on the venue, Gloff sometimes is accompanied by a couple of backup singers. He also is a versatile instrument player, experienced with both guitars and keyboards.

Lowdown:
Growing up in Buffalo, N.Y., Gloff was always listening to his father play his guitar in a blues band. That’s why Gloff, 29, describes his life today as “centered around music.” He calls his music “kind of like edgy pop music” because there is a variety to each of his CDs. Singing comes easy to him because “all songs are drawn from personal experience.” He adds: “I (just) have the internal drive to write songs.”

Outside influences:
His music is influenced by various artists from diverse genres. He admires Madonna’s once-in-a-while outragous performance; the versatility of Mariah Carey’s low and high pitches (screeches) is a blast too, in a good way; culture icon Stevie Nicks is someone he grew up listening to. And John Mellencamp’s rock ‘n’ roll plays in big part in his own songwriting.

Home gig:
Gloff mostly sings at Sacred Grounds on Busch Boulevard in Tampa. He tried to play the third Friday of each month.

Motivation:
Now in his third year of college, Gloff says his music helps him relax and enjoy something he is really good at and loves doing after a long day in his busy life.

Daytime gig:
He works in hospitality at Busch Gardens in Tampa and is a psychology student at Hillsborough Community College.

Next big thing:
A CD, Now’s The Right Time To Feel Good is due to come out soon. It will contain 17 songs he wrote.

Dream Gig:
If he ever had a dream gig, it would be “one that pays enough so I don’t have to wait tables anymore,” Gloff laughs.

Downloads:
Log on to tampabay.com to hear a sample of “Bike Rider.”