Jacob Shipley broke his femur and subsequently spent six weeks in a full body cast when he was five. 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 Folk-Rock songs. With a voice that is raw, powerful, and emotive, Jacob takes us on a self reflective journey through heartaches, anxieties, and, ultimately, to hope. Using his concerts as group therapy sessions, he shares stories from his own emotionally complicated life with a humor and a welcoming smile that only hindsight can bring. Jacob gives his audiences the space to commiserate and laugh about the rage, sorrow, and embarrassments they’ve experienced. He performs as both a solo musician and with a backing band.
In his new EP, Last Respects, "Shipley demonstrates in five songs how well he’s honed his abilities at arranging, performing, and singing." (Lucas Garrett, Nippertown). He 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. With 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).
“his voice; falsetto, chest, and head voice, it’s all displayed incredibly well… firm command of arrangement... storytelling is also worth noting…
"pure passion… every single gesture here matters"
“uplifting... confident... self assured… bright clean guitar… inviting”
“superbly touches on feelings of anxiety, frustration, confusion, and isolation."