“Endearing… highly engaging… Jacob superbly touches on feelings of anxiety, frustration, confusion, and isolation."
Jacob is an anxiety-ridden vegetarian environmentalist who broke his femur at age five. He hasn’t been the same since.
He writes, sings, and tells stories about the awkward, uncomfortable, and painful moments in life that he’d rather not repeat. Some of his music is sorrowful, some sardonic and humorous, but all of it comes from a deeply personal place that is so easy to connect with because we’ve all been there. His lyrics are poignant, his voice accessible, his range impressive, and his guitar work effortless and subtly intricate. Listening to Jacob is like reminiscing with an old friend: not everything was easy, but at least we made it through together.
As a theatre artist, Jacob is most interested in new works that expand accessibility, present less examined perspectives, and are focused on enacting positive change. He tends to work on theatrical projects with actor/musician ensembles and has also helped develop new plays and musicals with the WP Theatre, Lincoln Center Education, Our Establishment LLC, and in plenty of New York City apartments.
When he’s not composing or performing, Jacob is a teaching artist. As well as leading masterclasses and working in early childhood music education, he has his own private studio teaching guitar, saxophone, and voice. His students range from five years old to 50 and enjoy his sardonic humor and supportive nature.
Jacob Shipley is a Breedlove Artist.