Jeff Glasscock ’17

It only took walking into Brandolino’s music store in Joliet at the age of six for alumnus Jeff Glasscock to become infatuated with music. It started with a love for the drums, and then guitar. Within a few years, it was clear that music would always be part of his life.

Glasscock currently plays music and composes/records music full-time in Nashville, Tenn. as part of the on-the-rise Stephen Neal Band. He says the experience has been incredible and that he’s learned a lot while living in Nashville over the past few years and touring with some of the biggest names in country music. He’s also met some of the most influential people in the music industry, for which he feels very grateful. Being a part of the DARA program at USF most certainly helped Glasscock to get where he is.

“In Nashville, almost every single person you meet is in the music industry in some way. Since I have a degree in audio engineering, I have credentials, which helps when I am getting clients to work with me. I learned so much at St. Francis about recording and working with artists and it translates perfectly into the real working world in my industry,” he said.

When he’s not working with the band, Glasscock writes his own music, focusing on top-40 pop style and country songs, as well as solo acoustic pieces, which he admits he tends to keep to himself.
He loves all kinds of music, but reveals that his biggest influences to date include Andy McKee, Antoine Dufour and an experimental band from California called CHON. He is influenced by these artists due to their incredible creativity and the complexity of their music.

In five years, Glasscock hopes to still be living in Nashville, with his own house and a personal studio up and running. He loves touring, so he hopes to continue doing that as well.

When asked for words of wisdom to pass along to current Saints and alumni, Glasscock shared some sage advice: “Never stop writing and learning. If you are an engineer, be a fly-on-the-wall in every single session you can. It doesn’t matter if you only learn one new trick or nothing at all—nothing can replace experience. If you are a writer, write. You have to write a hundred bad songs before you get one good one. How does one get to play Carnegie Hall? Practice. And finally, don’t get discouraged when you hear or see someone who is better than you. The only way to grow in this industry is to work together, make connections and surround yourself with people more talented and further ahead than yourself.”