My New CD, “THE RIDE” is out TODAY!

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My new CD, ‘The Ride” is out today! I’m so excited to finally release this collection of songs, as making them has been a true labor of love. These 11 songs are a combination of my personal brand of trip-hop, electronic dance and soulful ballads, all set against modern day pop influenced arrangements. “The RIde” is available for purchase (physical CD) and/or download at the following sites: iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon, as well as other online music sites. Please give a listen, and if you purchase it, PLEASE leave a review – especially on iTunes and/or Amazon. It will definitely help support me and my music.

I have completed a few music videos for songs from “The RIde”, and am in the process of completing a couple more. To stay on top of them, you can subscribe to my YouTube Channel here: http://www.youtube.com/user/theJayJacobson/ The first video that will be released is for the song “I Lived”, and it will be out on Monday, October 20th. Be sure to check it out!

A thank you to all my fans, friends and family for your continued support. Please leave me a comment or drop me a line and let me know what you think of “The Ride”! Enjoy!

“The RIde” has been getting many rave reviews! Some excerpts:

“Having a well layered background akin to a large act like Coldplay… incredibly radio friendly and has a very large potential for listener reach. I heard a voice that loves not only theatrical novelty, but spreading happiness as well. A warm and influential record, listening should evoke a high risk of encountering gentle tones, warm vibes, and desire to hit repeat.” – HyPursuit

“Jay Jacobson makes a memorable impression… There are classical influences as well as soaring vocals. He has an amazing tenor voice that glides between melodies. All the piano parts are beautifully rendered that they sound magical… uplifting… artfully crafted… You better pick this recording and the rest of his albums because I am sure you will love his kind of music!” – Sphere Music

“Jay Jacobson does an awesome job in the vocals department, hitting such high notes that I could only imagine hitting in my lifetime.” – Indigo Indie

“…bouncy-ness of beats that keeps the music fresh and alive… Jay Jacobson has the talent and style that is indeed worth that listen, because it jumps at you each time you hear it.” – Nataliez World

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Pre-Order “The Ride” today exclusively on iTunes!

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My upcoming CD, “The Ride” is available today for pre-order exclusively on iTunes! Those who download the full CD will immediately get the song, “With Our Love” – a love song from the CD which expresses how having someone join your journey through life makes it more fulfilling no matter what the circumstances may be. It is one of eleven songs on “The Ride” that tap into the ups and downs and in-betweens of living life, in what one critic called “genuinely uplifting pop”. “The Ride” will be released one week from today – on October 14th.

Here is a direct link to the CD on iTunes. You can purchase it for download and preview it here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-ride/id904996264?uo=4

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Hello Again…

This internet world is still a struggle for me. I’ve been so horrible about blogging this past year, and only a little better with social media. Something shifted at one point and I couldn’t find anything I cared to write about. I’ve never been good at small talk, and I guess that goes for blogging and status updates as well! At some point, I need to give in and just write. Well, tonight I’m doing just that. I’ve no agenda of what to write about, other than the need to connect with my subscribers (I haven’t forgotten about you – and am SO grateful you are still there)! 

If you haven’t been following me on Facebook or Twitter, you may not know that my live show “Mental Creatures” was a huge success! It was definitely one of the high points for me as an artist. The show moved so many people very deeply – something I was not expecting. EVERY show people were in tears, and came up to talk to me after the show but couldn’t speak. And many people came to see the show more than one time. The three comments I received over and over were, “I’m blown away”, “I’m so moved” and “I’m so inspired’. I couldn’t ask for more than that! People still talk to me about the show, and everyone asks me if I will do it again. I am in the process of speaking with theaters and theater people about where and how to launch “Mental Creatures” again. I can’t produce it again myself, so I’m trying to find a home for it at a theater that is looking to produce a show like it. I will definitely post any solid information as soon as it comes about. There is a website, www.mentalcreatures.com where you can see video of the show, read reviews, see photos and more. Be sure to check it out.
I got some big news this week! Pandora has requested my latest CD, “Peace At Last” for rotation on their stations! I am thrilled!! If any of you listen to Pandora, and hear my songs, please hit the “LIKE” button – so my songs with stay in rotation. I’m so happy my music will reach such a large audience. This is fantastic!
The other “news” that is making me very happy, is that I am currently in the recording studio working on CD number 5. It is going very well! I am truly happiest when I am creating. I’m working with producer Soren Young, who also produced my last CD, “Peace At Last”. We are continuing the sound from that CD, and going a little more pop and with a bit more classical orchestration. So far, it is turning out to be a beautiful CD. I am loving working on it.
And tonight I was the guest on the “Hollywood Unloaded” podcast. It was hosted by Doug White, and a panel of three others, and I had a blast! It was a video podcast (my first – I’ve done only radio podcasts before). I believe it will be online at some point, and when it is I’ll post the link on my site. 
No promises about how often I’ll write my blog – I don’t want to get my hopes up. But I do have an urge to connect with my fans, and that is one thing I need to better embrace about the internet world we live in. Hopefully, tonight will set me back on that path. Once again, thanks for reading.

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Exciting News: New CD and Live Show Coming Soon!

There is a lot happening this summer. I will be releasing a new CD in early July! It is titled, “Peace At Last”, and will feature eleven new tracks. It is produced and arranged by Soren Young, a very talented producer and great musician. “Peace At Last” will have more of a “pop” edge than my previous CDs. I seem to be writing more “pop-ish” songs these days. It’s not something I was aware of until I started recording the new songs, but I think people will be very surprised (in a great way) by the new songs. It has been an interesting and fulfilling journey in a very creative period of my life, and I definitely know that “Peace At Last” contains the best songwriting I’ve done to date. I am very proud it if, and can’t wait to share it with you.

After three years of hard work, finally, my one-man-show has an opening date! It is called, “Mental Creatures”, and it opens on Friday, July 13, at “The Lounge Theatre 2” in Hollywood (6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles 90038), with one preview performance on Thursday July 12th. It will run for six weeks, with shows every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night at 8pm. The show follows the paths of three people going through life changes, with music woven throughout. It will feature songs from my previous CDs as well as several songs from “Peace At Last” – including the show’s opening song, “Human Nature” which was written specifically for the show. It is an engaging mixture of comedy and drama. There will be more details to come once the tickets go on sale – which should happen soon.
I apologize for not being more regular with my blog entries. I know it must look like I’ve disappeared and am doing nothing, but the opposite has been the case. I’ve been in a period of heavy work (writing, singing and acting), and have been so focused creatively that it has been difficult to stop and write about what’s been happening. It felt like that would have taken away some of the creative steam I needed to keep generating from. I’ve been a little bit better about posting scattered social media status updates (Facebook and Twitter mostly), but even with those I know there is room for more. Hopefully, my upcoming work will speak for itself. If you are in Los Angeles during the run of “Mental Creatures”, please come and enjoy the fruits of my labor – and bring a friend or two! I think it will be a very unusual and enjoyable show!

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Live Show Announcement, and Words from Judy Garland!

BIG NEWS: My one-man-show, “Mental Creatures”, will open on Thursday, July 12th! It will run on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights for six weeks through August 18th! After several years of writing, as well as performing a couple of small segments live, my show is finally ready to perform. I am working on a couple of new songs for the show, and am shaping and fine tuning the show with my director. It will run at the “Lounge” theater in Hollywood. More information, including ticket info, will be made available as we get closer to the opening. You can subscribe to this blog and/or my newsletter to get up to date info as well as pre-sale ticket information (before they are made available to the general public). After working hard on this show for a few years now, I am THRILLED that it is finally on the calendar!!

At the end of 2011, my music video, “Love is Love“, won three awards in two different film festivals, including the prestigious “Abbott Award” at “The Other Venice Film Festival”. In addition, my CD, “Revelations” got (and continues to get) a lot of airplay on internet radio, podcasts, and even play on a few FM stations. It was indeed a great way to end a somewhat difficult year. 
It has been a busy start of 2012 or me. In addition to working on the show, I have returned to the recording studio and to date have recorded about half a dozen new songs. I’m planning on releasing a new CD this year. If I can get it together in time, I hope to release it in conjunction with my show in July (seeing that as of now, a couple of the songs from the upcoming CD will be featured in the show). Not sure if that is doable, but that is my goal! I am VERY excited about the new songs. While the sound is very much mine, they are a bit more personal and a bit more popish than my last releases. I feel my best work to date is in these new songs.
As if that weren’t enough great news, I also have new management (with regard to my acting career) – which I am very excited about! I’m now represented by MSA (McDonald, Selznick Associates). They are a great agency, and great people, and I am so happy to be working with them!
I’ve tried (and failed) to blog more often. These days all my writing energy is going into new songs and into my show – leaving little to no energy or thoughts for a blog. My mind is constantly full of ideas for my show and new songs and I can’t seem to think about anything else right now. I will try again to get back on the blogging trail as much as I’m able, and will start to post more information about the new CD, and my upcoming show as both progress. In addition, you can follow me on Facebook and Twitter. If there is ever anything you’d like to ask me, please remember you can always email me or post a question here, and I’ll do my best to get back to you ASAP.
And finally, I’ll close with a quote from the great Judy Garland:
“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”
– Judy Garland

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Finally, A Blog Update

It has been eons since my last blog, so I’m sure it looks like I’ve vanished, but I’m still here! I’ve been keeping updates through Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace. If you don’t already follow me on any of those sites, please add me from the links above (or at the bottom of this blog). I’ll do my best to keep up with writing blogs once again – and hopefully it won’t be so long between posts.

2011 has been a busy and productive year for me so far. The best news is that my latest CD, “Revelations“, is getting more airplay and acclaim than any of my previous music. It is being played on internet radio, podcasts, and has even made it onto some non-commercial FM radio stations. You can see a partial list of where I’m being played on my website (click here). In addition, I released my first music video for the single, “Love is Love”, which garnered much attention. It was mentioned in many internet news sites upon its release (including “USA Today Online“, “Towleroad“, and many more). It also won two awards in the “Love Unlimited Film Festival” last May, and is an official selection in the upcoming “The Other Venice Film Festival” this October. It continues to receive hits on YouTube, and at the writing of this blog, has surpassed 25,000 views! Not bad for my first music video (if I may say so myself)!
I began recording some new songs early in the year, and hope to get back to the studio very soon to continue recording them as well as some other new songs. I’ll mention it in this bog once I’m back recording.
My other big project this year has been my one-man-show, titled, “Mental Creatures”. I have been working hard to get it up and running before the end of 2011, but I don’t think it will be ready in time. Being an independent artist brings many challenges, especially with something so complex as producing a show. This is my first time producing a live show, and it is quite a process! The good news is that I’ve done several readings of the show, and the responses have been amazing. As the show stands now, it will feature music from all three of my CDs (mostly “Revelations”). I will be using most of my energy and focus on getting the show launched – hopefully in the beginning of 2012. I will blog about the progress of the show, and advanced tickets will be offered through my newsletter first. 
A huge THANK YOU to all of you reading my blogs, signed up for my newsletter, following me on the social networks, and especially for listening to my music! Thanks for your patience! Until the next blog, sending great vibes your way…
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My New Music Video: LOVE IS LOVE

I’m proud to announce that I have just released my first ever music video, in conjunction with the release of my third CD, “Revelations”. This music video, directed by award winning filmmaker Gabriela Tagliavini, is for the CD’s first single titled, “Love is Love”. “Love is Love” represents the essence of my music, with socially relevant lyrics against a trip-hop beat. I believe the message of this music video is universal, all encompassing, and uplifting. I sincerely hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating – it with the support of an incredible cast and crew.
If you have the chance, please share it among all your friends via email, Facebook, etc., and if you like it, please rate it on YouTube. I appreciate all your support!

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Revelations

It has been a long journey, but finally I am on the eve of releasing my 3rd CD, “Revelations”, which is due out this Friday, November 19th. Of all the work I’ve done to date, “Revelations” is overall the most personal and expressive. Not that the songs are necessarily autobiographical, but I have gotten closer and closer to expressing my voice through my art. I can see how creating music (or any artistic endeavor) is a life long process. Like peeling back the layers of an onion to which there is no middle – but you get closer and closer to the core with each outer layer gone. Starting work on “Revelations”, I found myself having gained a new sense of comfort and “mastery” of my own writing and recording process from standing on the shoulders of both of my previous CD releases. Looking back, I now realize that enabled me to push the limits of my voice as a songwriter – both lyrically and musically. This has been the most fulfilling, exciting and expressive project I’ve created to date! 

I’m very excited to present and share my newest work, “Revelations”. 

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Much is Happening…

I’ve got a lot going on these days – and unfortunately it has kept me from writing blogs. All my energy has been going into my work. First on the plate is the upcoming release of my next full length CD, which is titled, “Revelations”. It will contain 12 new tracks, and is produced by Barrett Yeretsian (who also produced my last CD, “Ready”). “Revelations” promises to be the most bold work I’ve done to date and is scheduled to be released in early November.
Also in November, I’ll be releasing my first music video for a song titled, “Love is Love” (a song from “Revelations”)! I really had a top notch cast and crew working on the video, headed by my outstanding director, Gabriela Tagliavini. The video should be ready for release shortly after the CD.
In addition, I found another outstanding director — this time for my one-man live show! We have begun work on the show which promises to be a truly creative and original piece. It is titled, “Mental Creatures” (named for one of the tracks on “Revelations”), and will feature many songs from the new CD (as well as some from “Infinite Man” and “Ready”). The show will be an unusual combination of a concert and a one-man-show theater piece. It will open sometime in early 2011. I’ll post the details on my website and in my newsletter (sign up for my newsletter for advanced ticket sales notices). 
I’m very excited about all of this new work and can’t wait to share it with all of you! Stay posted here for more details!

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The Vocals are Complete!

Today I finished recording the vocals for my upcoming CD! Recording my new music has been such an amazing experience. I’m seeing how each CD (this will be my third full-length CD), has a personality of its own. With this new one, I’ve really broken out of my “safe zone” – musically, lyrically, and vocally.

This CD started off differently from the very beginning. Before starting my last CD (“Ready”), I was very clear that I wanted to make a trip-hop CD. With this new one, I had only a feel for the direction I wanted to go in (and my producer totally “got it”), and we kind of felt our way along, dictated by the songs themselves. In the past (for about 80 percent of my songs), I would write the lyric first and then write the music. For this CD, I can’t really remember which came first! I think for almost all these songs (there will probably be 14 on the CD), I wrote the music and lyrics together – something very new for me. All the songs on this upcoming CD have very definite view points, and that dictated the music, and how I approached each song vocally. It was an exciting creative challenge. I loved recording every song! And of course it helps – big time – to have an amazing producer (like Barrett Yeretsian who also produced my last CD, “Ready”). This was an incredibly creative process, and it was really heavenly working out the details of each song.
So, we’ve still got some mixing to do, mastering, CD production, and if all goes as planned, I hope to release the CD this fall – in September or October! Stay tuned… I’ll try to get back on the blogging wagon.

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