Jason Maine was born on December 12th, 1980 in the town of New Boston, Massachusetts. His father died when he was young and his mother had to work hard to support him and his younger brother. At age 13 he moved with his family to another town called Westfield where they lived until he turned 16 years old. Then at 17 years old he started working as a janitor at a local high school and later became a part time student there. By the year 2000 he graduated from college and then worked full time as a software engineer for several years. After his first child was born in 2004, he decided to take some time off to spend more time with his wife and their newborn son. During this period he took up drumming again which led him into music production. He began writing songs and recorded them on cassette tapes before moving onto CDs.
In 2007 he released his first album entitled “The Last Days” which received positive reviews. In 2008 he released another album titled “The Lost Years”. The albums were well received but did not receive the same amount of success as his previous ones. In 2009 he released a third album titled “A Life Worth Living” which was met with mixed responses.
He went through a difficult time during this time and it seems like he struggled with depression.
In the spring of 2012 a tragic event took place in which his brother was killed in a car accident while driving to go pick up their mother from work. This loss had an effect on him and it seems like he fell into a state of depression again. In the fall of 2012 he was involved in a motorcycle accident in which he broke his leg. After the accident he was taken to a local hospital where they treated him and sent him back home.
He never got better though and went back to the hospital several times with the same complaint. Each time he was sent home saying that there was nothing wrong with him.
On September 28th, 2012 he was admitted into the hospital again with the same complaints he had before. After running several tests they found out that his liver and kidneys had failed and he needed to have a transplant. He also had cancer that had spread throughout his body. He received a liver transplant and was sent home for a short time but his cancer had progressed too far and there was nothing more that they could do.
He died on october 12th, 2012 at the age of 31 years old.
He had a prolific musical career that was cut short much too soon. His death is a great loss to the music world and leaves behind songs and albums that will continue to be enjoyed by many for many years to come.
I will remember him not only for his music but also for his courage and the struggles he had to overcome. He will be remembered as a hero.
If you have any memories about this artist that you would like to share, please send them along to me and I will include them in the next edition of the Obscure Music Zine.
Here is a picture of him from the last concert he ever gave:
Thank you for taking the time to read this edition of Obscure Music Zine. I will be back soon with more obscure artists that you have probably never heard of!
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