Web site: http://jakobmartin.com/
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Most comfortable with a harmonica in his pocket and a piano nearby, Los Angeles singer/songwriter Jakob Martin was hailed by former JVibe Magazine as "revolutionizing" acoustic music. Jakob's forthcoming full-length album, California Songs, is an artist's exploration of a life in paradise and the complications that come along with it. California Songs was independently released as a digital-only album on June 28th, 2011. It follows Jakob Martin's 2010 EP Leave The Light On, both showcasing his blend of piano-driven pop, rock and folk. Produced by Dan Diaz of Hypothetical Studios, California Songs is an attempt to explore the Californias of the mind, heart and imagination.
Throughout his career, Jakob has always humbly proven himself as an artist, even when landing big supporting gigs with artists like Blues Traveler, Everclear, Glen Philips and Hellogoodbye. He's also a good-humored man who's proud of his roots. He'll be the first to tell you that at age three he invented his first stage name, Stevie Blue Jay, and sang his original song "Where Can I Get Raw Pizza?" with a nylon-stringed guitar his mom gave him. But the road hasn't always been so bright; in 2004 Jakob lost his mother unexpectedly to breast cancer and less than two weeks later one of his best friends and band mates was killed in a freak accident. "Oddly enough, I've gained a lot of perspective, strength, and optimism from the experience, and a sense of aliveness I wasn't capable of reaching before that," says Jakob. On California Songs, it's clear that this deeply personal songwriter never puts out a song that doesn't have a whole lot of him and at least a little bit of hope in it, regardless of what it's about. "I think in that way, my music definitely echoes my life."