Tell me a little bit about your background. Where are you from and how did you get started in music?
I grew up in Los Angeles and we moved to Whittier, CA when I was about 6. My dad is an R&B/Soul singer and he exposed me to tons of music growing up. No genre was too far out the box, and I fell in love with it all at a very young age.
Prior to your success what did you see as a major drawback by being a new artist?
I think the wave of internet artists made a huge impact on the craft in general. No longer did you have to do all the footwork of promoting and getting out there multiple nights a week to jam with others and let your voice be heard. You can simply upload and allow the algorithms to get you known. (But where’s the real blood, sweat and tears in that?)
What is your vocal range?
I’d have to say Tenor/Alto
What have people who had heard your music say about your vocal style that sets you apart from another vocalist?
Who is your independent Artist today?
I’ve had people tell me that they can feel the passion and honesty when I sing. I’ve even had moments where I was almost moved to tears while singing all because I withheld nothing. I’ve always looked up to Rahsaan Patterson, he stays relevant without detouring from his truth.
As an independent artist, what are some of the challenges you face?
I think the biggest hurdle us independent artists struggle with is finances. It takes a lot to get out there and put forth quality in all aspects (shows, merch, collaborations).
How would you describe your music to those who have never heard it before?
Soulful R&B with a love for Hip Hop!
Who are your musical influences?
My dad Little Willie G., Dwele, Marvin Gaye, The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Toni Scruggs, Leigh Jones and Tower Of Power just to name a few.
How do you prepare yourself mentally for public opinion (either positive or negative) when you’re preparing for a new song release?
I try and approach every opportunity with an open mind and heart. Nobody knocks it out the park every single time. We have to allow room for growth and be determined to learn from the positive as well as the negative.
What advice would you give to new artist entering the changing industry?
Be pure with your intentions. The term “fake it til’ you make it” has lead so many down the wrong path and you can lose sight of your dream and even yourself.
What other talent do you have that your fans may not know about you?
I recently started getting more into photography. I love the ability to capture life’s moments like that.
How many singles/albums do you have out presently and what is your favorite album/song to date?
I’ve got about 50+ songs available. Singles from myself as well as collaborations with other artists and producers. I’d have to say “She’s A Gift” is by far my favorite. The opportunity to work with J Mo (Jairus Mozee) was a huge blessing.
Tell me about you latest album/ song and what was your inspiration behind it? Is it out now and where can people buy it?
I just released my first official album called “Villa”. The inspiration for it came from separating myself from the noise of daily life to find who I was called to be. “Time away from the like apps, absent from the need to…”(Villa)
What advice would you like to give to upcoming artist?
Stay fueled up and remain focused because it’s an uphill battle
Just for fun - *The Indie Post pointless question of the month*
How do you make your funky P Funk when you want to get funked up?
Strict diet of Parliament Funkadelic, Cody ChestnuTT, Van Hunt and a side of James Brown!!!
Artist page: @jacobgmusicpage
Record Label page:
EPK: Album: Villa
Record Label: Soulful Seed