Jacob Shipley broke his femur when he was 5 and he’s still not over it. Instead of doing the emotionally healthy thing of moving on, he channels his feelings into characteristically nostalgic and witty alt-folk songs. Jacob uses his concerts as group therapy sessions and while he tells stories about his own sad and sometimes silly history, he also brings audiences in to share their own feelings and anecdotes, giving them space to feel their rage, sorrow, and embarrassments. With a voice that is raw, powerful, and emotive, Jacob takes us on a self reflective journey through heartaches, anxieties, and, ultimately, to hope. He performs as both a solo musician and with a backing band.
Jacob’s new EP, Last Respects, rifles through the faded and faulty memories of relationships long gone, bringing anyone who’s been through a messy breakup solace in it's painful anecdotes, sardonic wit, self awareness, and hope. Featuring a full band and influences from artists like Phoebe Bridgers, The Decemberists, Counting Crows, and Paramore, this EP expands upon the solo acoustic folk of his 2016 debut with a fuller and more mature sound. Jacob’s music has been played on radio throughout the Northeast US and he has performed live at historic venues such as The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and Rockwood Music Hall. In theatre, Jacob starred as John Newton in the first national tour of “Amazing Grace: the Musical” and was featured in the first actor-musician production of "Godspell."
He splits his time between unceded Mohawk and Lenape lands (Upstate New York and New York City).
“Emotive lyrics... rich vocals... dynamic instrumentation ...the future of folk music."
“Endearing… highly engaging… Jacob superbly touches on feelings of anxiety, frustration, confusion, and isolation."
"Guitar playing is exceptional… pure passion… every single gesture here matters…"
“Uplifting... clear vocals… confident... self assured… bright clean guitar… inviting…”