SAG cards acquired, glimpses of possible meaning and fleeting creativity came and went as quickly as the T.V. and indie film sets they accompanied. But this path would end in a single night. "I lost somebody, in a way that shattered me. And one night I had a dream.
A vivid, life changing image of who I was, of whom I had to be. I could see myself, clear and alive. I knew my meaning, if only for that moment." He hesitates to reveal any details; "I basically opened the windows of my apartment and sat with a hazy gaze in the midnight black and, for two years, with my bare feet sliding on the cold wood floor I curled over the piano and sang into an old microphone trying to make sense of everything." Now, having just finished recording his debut album, Alive & Screaming, at Hollywood's Engine Room Studios, Jake says, with quiet confidence, "I think the world was conspiring for me to go in this direction." Indeed Jake began performing in earnest only a couple years back, but his regular gigs at L.A.'s celebrated Hotel Café quickly became legendary among his legions of devoted fans. Jake displays an unusual interest in – and aptitude for – forging a meaningful connection with his audience.
"I don’t just sit up there and sing,” he says. “I tell stories. I play my piano with every ounce of emotion that I possibly can." Jake's soaring, melodic, heartfelt music, coupled with his distinctively emotive velvet gravel voice- which is aesthetically informed by a steady childhood diet of Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Cat Stevens, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young – is both intensely personal and universal. "I want to be as raw and truthful as I can.
When I'm playing a show, I try and engage myself fully with every person, as if it were just our time." "If I haven't made half of the audience cry, not out of sadness, but out of hope, then I haven't done my job, or lived up to my dream. I am trying to inspire them to remember what it is they are seeking."He pauses and smiles with a look of heartache, " For hope is so easily swept away by the storms of our lives." Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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