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Jacob Collier

Quincy Jones

Jacob Collier is recognized as one of the world’s most distinctive, inventive and prodigious young 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 (to name a few), which culminate to create the world of "Jacob Collier."

Jacob has embraced the world of the Internet to share his uniquely creative talent, becoming best known for creating his multi-faceted YouTube videos from his music room at home, wherein he sings all the parts, plays all the instruments, and visualises every component with a mosaic of screens. Collier has gained a global following, and some of his greatest fans among the elite Jazz community include 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 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 in a way that has never been seen or heard before. Jacob debuted this show opening for Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea and has since taken it on the road all over the World. The Guardian heralded Collier as “jazz music’s new messiah” after witnessing the debut and Jazzwise magazine named him “The Future of Music.”

Most recently, Jacob released his debut album, “In My Room”, worldwide on July 1st, 2016. The album went to #1 on iTunes Jazz in 23 countries. It also debuted at #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album chart. The album was well received critically with NPR premiering it on their First Look program a week before its release, and spouting praise “Jacob’s warmly humanistic debut In My Room securely positions him as this year’s wunderkind-to-watch.” As well as Billboard simply stating, “Jacob Collier is Blowing Minds."

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Events featuring Jacob Collier
Events featuring Jacob Collier