Music Review: Musician on the rise to visit Fort Worth

If you’ve always wanted to discover music’s next big star before they became famous, don’t make plans for Friday night.Geoff Koch is a rising singer-songwriter and will be playing at 8 p.m. Friday at Jack’s Off The Wall.

Koch has already been recognized with numerous honors since he released his debut album “Throwing Rocks at Your Ghost” in 2005.

He won the 2006 People’s Choice Award for Best Singer-Songwriter at the St. Louis Music Awards and was first runner-up at The Recording Academy’s “Grammy Demo Review.” He has also earned a spot on Billboard Magazine’s top 500 Worldwide Songwriting Competition for his song “Don’t Leave Me Now,” which can be found on his new live CD, “Live at Lucas House.”

Koch’s style is similar to John Mayer in the sense that majority of his songs are about finding the love and then losing it.

While his voice is not as polished or strong as Mayer’s, his lyrics and the heartfelt emotions displayed in his songs more than make up for anything that may be lacking in vocal ability.

He is an all-around musician making himself into, literally, a one-man band by playing the guitar, piano and harmonica.

“I think my live show delivers someone who feels,” Koch said in a press release. “I remind people that they, too, are capable of universal emotions that, for whatever reason, sometimes escape them as life takes its course.”

Even though he has already released one studio album and a live CD, Koch still has not been signed to a music label.

Don’t miss the chance to see this new artist while he is still in town.