Born in Melbourne to an Australian world-champion ballroom dancer and a talented Englishman, Jason Short was destined to end up in the arts… but not straight away… Jason’s first love was sport. His family moved around a lot (15 moves in 11 years), so his early years were quite the adventure. When the family landed on the Gold Coast when Jase was nine, he got the chance to settle down and make some friends, many of which are still extremely close, and one of which is a tall, lanky character named Scotty Fields, Jason’s best mate.
Since Jase still had the love and desire to become a professional athlete, sport ruled his life as a youngster (you will still find Jason up very late/early during the Australian Rules Football season, cheering on his beloved Geelong Cats), so performing was but a distant blip on the radar (school musicals and the dream to be a movie star aside). It wasn’t until Scotty dragged him along to an audition at 18 years old that he began to realize his singing potential. He graduated from Somerset College in 1999, and began earning a Bachelor’s Degree in micro-electronic engineering, a decision he would quickly regret. In 2000, with close mate Luke Jackson, Jason formed his own computer company, Vision Computers (a brand they cannot let go of to this day), and in his spare time was working in film and television production at Warner Brothers studios (inching closer to that movie star dream). From local theatre, amateur and professional productions followed very quickly, with leads in ‘Les Miserables’, ‘42nd Street’ and ‘Joseph and the amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ to name a few. The next step was a big one… In 2005 Jason joined The Ten Tenors.
In early 2008, the guys appeared on the season finale ‘Heroes’ of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and by the end of their American tour, three out of the four lads had fallen for American girls. They parted with the group and ended up making the big move across the blue to America. Jase turned his focus to production and technology, and is now a partner in an entertainment company based in Los Angeles. He also found a second love in real estate, and as he set down the microphone and picked up the sledgehammer, he found that he was skilled in an entirely different field. In between flipping houses, he focused on honing his skill with world-renowned voice coach, Roger Love, and continued to sing on road trips, in the shower, and on construction sites.
In event production, Jason received a lot of requests for music of a more classical and epic nature, especially for charities and so he decided to get the lads together to appear on yet another episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. It was there, as the guys reduced the room to tears, they realized the time for a comeback had arrived. Over the next year, the Aussies worked on Reuniting in America, and ARIA was born.
One of the things the boys are very proud of is the fact that everything is done in house. With Jason’s technology and production background, he was a perfect fit to create ARIA’s website, and produce, film, edit and design ARIA’s marketing materials. He even led the charge in building a state-of-the-art in home studio where the Aussies can be found recording (some of the time), drinking (most of the time), but most of all, simply having fun with three other crazy guys that share the same passion for entertainment.
It is hard for anybody to move away from friends and family, as all of the lads from ARIA can attest. For that reason, Jason would like to shout out to his family – Sheryl, Richard, Kellie, Leanne and Mick, as well as his wonderful nephews Ethan and Jaidon and his beautiful little niece Jessica.