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Meet Jake Benjamin

 

In life, sometimes where you begin is where you belong. A few years ago, singer-songwriter Jake Benjamin made a left turn from his core self of being a musician that sent him on a winding, self-reflective odyssey through states and states of mind. He announces his return to music with his aptly-titled debut EP, Finally Back Home, an exquisite collection of jazz-tinged pop.

 

“The songs on this EP are a culmination of stints of living in Miami, Indiana, and New Jersey, where I grew up. Each song represents a different side of me. Together, this album salutes the journey back home and presents me as I am,” Jake reveals. 

 

Jake is one of those rare gifted artists that early on could sing better than they could speak. Yet, when it came time to go to college, Jake decided to pursue a career as a music business professional, and chose not to fine tune his prodigious talents. However, while in college, Jake became reacquainted with songwriting and discovered the beauty of jazz. “I fell in love with the fact that music could be an exchange of energies between two people,” Jake shares

 

The New York-based artist earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Miami’s Frost School of Music’s Music Business and Studio Music & Jazz programs, and earned his master’s degree from Indiana University’s prestigious Jacobs School of Music where he studied voice. Because of this formal training, core to Jake’s aesthetic is his sophisticated harmonic compositional vocabulary. 

 

Jake tempers this studied musicality with adventurous artistic explorations via a loop station. His innovative approach with this technology treats the loop station as a compositional tool through which he explores the possibilities of vocal layering, beatboxing, and body percussion. “I write original music for the millennial wallflower, and I reimagine jazz repertoire to make tunes my own. The stories in my songs are about me, or somebody I know. I don’t like to make up stories of things I didn’t go through,” Jake says. 

 

 

These days Jake is in New York music making within a community of musicians and friends. His next release, however, will showcase his solo artistry with a collection of songs themed around Vincent van Goth. Theses recording will highlight concepts of the psyche, the human condition, and they will showcase Jake’s innovative use of his looper station. 

 

Current Personnel:

Jake Benjamin - vocals, loop pedal

Marc Solomon - guitar

John Koozin - bass 

Jake Richter - drums 

 

 

 
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Finally Back Home

by Jake Benjamin

On Finally Back Home,Jake and his loop pedal are joined by some friends. The four-song EP was tracked during a serendipitous and spirited session at Primary Sound Studios with engineer Jake Belser at the helm, and it features a cast of musicians Jake loves as people and instrumentalists.These recordings are actually the bi-product of Jake Benjamin preparing for a recital performance while attending Indiana University.

“For so long, I kept saying I was going to release an EP, but it never got done. When I was rehearsing this band, I had this feeling that it may never get done—that this may be my one shot, it was like 8 Mile,” Jake says laughing. “Completing it was like achieving a dream.”

Musically and thematically the tracks on Finally Back Home encapsulate Jake’s path, thus far, highlighting his formative time in college and graduate school with refined and emotionally resonant artistry.

“Siren Song” conjures jazz elegance, pop concision, and soul emotiveness, traversing genres while delving into the Greek mythology surrounding siren characters. Here, Jake flips the script with poetically insightful lyrics, and we experience these mesmerizing creatures cast as friendly forces and not as seductive foes. Damien Rice is a favorite artist of Jake’s since high school, and he reimagines Damien’s composition “The Blower's Daughter (feat. Elena Escudero)” with spare refinement, making intriguing alterations to the tune’s chord changes and meter to bring forth its timeless jazz standard quality.

Another EP stunner is the R&B-flavored track “Girl In The Shadow.” This song came to existence almost magically when Jake was playing a piano Central Park one summer day. The story goes that a girl in a black fur coat approached Jake, and asked him to write a song about her. She then left her phone number on rose pedal for Jake which mysteriously vanished. Though their interaction was fleeting, the song represents a theme of female appreciation important to Jake as evident by the guest vocalists and uplifting woman-centric themes on the album. “I am blessed to have amazing women in my life; be it women I’ve dated or women close to me. This song is one of empowerment,” Jake acknowledges. The EP concludes with “Reach For Me (feat. Kathryn Sherman),” a sweetly winsome mid-tempo number where Jake’s richly emotive vocals are beautifully complemented by Kathryn’ soulfully air vocals.

Personnel:

Jake Benjamin - vocals

Kyle Schardt - guitar

Ellie Pruneau - piano

Mark Edlin - drums

Elena Escudero - vocals (Siren Song, The Blower’s Daughter)

Kathryn Sherman - vocals (Siren Song, Reach for Me)

Recorded and Mastered by Jake Belser at Primary Sound Studios