A proud South Londoner, who describes his music as “singer-songwriter with a bit of soul”, Jake was brought up in a minister’s household to the sounds of Paul Simon and Mozart. Spotted by Elton John’s management company around the time he performed the opening slot on The Other Stage at Glastonbury, Jake recently released his debut album “Our Lives” on Polydor/Island Records and Virgin EMI UK. Jake is the latest featured artist in MQA’s Take Me There campaign.
While his peers were listening to hip-hop and the likes of So Solid Crew, Jake’s early musical influences came from his father’s collection of Mozart, gospel singer Robert James Cleveland and, a particular favourite, Paul Simon’s Graceland. Apart from wanting to be a pilot as a young boy – until an eye test revealed he was colour blind – Jake only ever wanted a career in music. “Music is a way to articulate emotions and feelings that I just wouldn’t say otherwise.”
Jake describes Our Lives as a collection of very honest songs. “They are songs which I believe everyone can relate to in some way. I have a lot of male friends who like myself find it difficult to express themselves or be vulnerable, and some of the songs explore this subject.”
Of MQA, Jake says “If people can listen to my music in the same quality that I listened to it when I was creating it and when it was mastered at a world famous studio...that’s really important to me.”
Watch Take Me There: The Artist Story featuring Jake Isaac here.
Visit Jake Isaac's official website.
UK tour dates:
Friday 15 September 2017
King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow, UK
Sunday 17 September 2017
Night & Day Café, Manchester, UK
Monday 18 September 2017
Thekla, Bristol, UK
Wednesday 20 September 2017
Islington Assembly Hall, London, UK