JACOB COLLIER is among the most innovative musicians of his generation. A prodigious multi-instrumentalist, Jacob first rose to fame by charming millions on YouTube. In his videos, he recreates popular songs by layering vocals, looping live-recorded sounds, and visualizing all the parts in a mosaic of screens. Jacob’s unique sound and groove are a testament to his musical roots and sonic influences, spanning Jazz to Pop to Trip-Hop.
Since his inaugural video in 2011, Jacob’s online social channels have garnered over 250K international followers and more than 10 million YouTube views. His viral hits, such as his rendition of Stevie Wonder’s Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing, also made him popular among the Jazz community. Some legendary fans of the genre include Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Steve Vai and Take 6, to name a few.
In his 2016 debut album, In My Room, Jacob further demonstrates his virtuosity as producer and songwriter. The album topped 23 international iTunes Jazz charts, and won him two GRAMMYs. The album was also well-received critically. NPR premiered it on their First Look program and said, “Jacob’s warmly humanistic debut In My Room securely positions him as this year’s wunderkind-to-watch.” Billboard simply summed it up, “Jacob Collier is Blowing Minds.”
Jacob, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has designed a revolutionary live performance that realizes his one-man, multi-instrumental, multi-visual format to the stage. It first debuted at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2015, while opening for Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea. After witnessing the pre-debut run at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, The Guardian heralded Collier as “Jazz’s New Messiah.” Jazzwise magazine named him “The Future of Music.”
Today, Collier is touring the world, arranging commissioned work for orchestras and bands, teaching Masterclasses, and collaborating with various musicians. Among his most notable collaborations, is his feature on Snarky Puppy's Family Dinner Vol. 2. Jacob was also involved in Beats by Dre’s Ruby World Cup The Game Starts Here campaign—Jacob arranged and recorded “Jerusalem” as the soundtrack for their spot. Jacob has most recently helped score DreamWorks’ newest film Boss Baby with world-renowned composer Hans Zimmer.