Jacob Collier is recognized as one of the world’s most distinctive, inventive and prodigious young (twentytwo years old) musicians. Based in London, Jacob has been inspired by many sounds – his music combines elements of jazz, a cappella, groove, folk, trip-hop, classical music, Brazilian music, gospel, soul and improvisation; an authentic cocktail of genres, which culminate to create his own world.
Jacob grew up in a family of musicians, and has honed his musical ideas from a very young age. He has embraced the world of the Internet to share his uniquely creative talent, becoming best known for creating his trademark multi-faceted YouTube videos, wherein he sings all the parts, plays all the instruments, and visualises every component with a mosaic of screens.
Since his first YouTube upload in December 2011, Jacob’s online social channels have garnered over 200,000 international followers and more than nine million YouTube views. One of his videos which was his rendition of the Stevie Wonder classic, Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing, became a viral hit.
Collier has awakened and gained the admiration a global following, of some of the elite Jazz community, including Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Steve Vai and Take 6, to name a few.
Jacob has spent the last year collaborating with Ben Bloomberg at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, designing and building a groundbreaking solo live performance vehicle, which brings his one-man, multi-instrumental, multi-visual format of music making to the stage.
Jacob recently debuted this show at the Montreux Jazz Festival, opening for Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea. The Guardian heralded Collier as “jazz music’s new messiah”.
After witnessing the pre-debut run at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London, the magazine ‘Jazzwise’ named him “The Future of Music.” Collier concurrently works on commissioned arrangements for high-calibre orchestras and bands around the world, travelling to give masterclasses at various schools and universities. He has collaborated with many different musicians, including Snarky Puppy’s and a special with Cory Henry. His first album, titled In My Room, was released on 1 July 2016, and went to number 1 on iTunes Jazz in 23 countries.
Jacob Collier:vocals, keyboards…