We first discovered singer-songwriter Jake Sherman through his performances on keys and vocoder with notable acts like Gabriel Garzón-Montano and Nick Hakim. From their he joined Bilal‘s live ensemble for three years and toured the world a few times, all while staying focused on his own solo music.
Jake Sherman makes earnest R&B-pop, a craft inspired by classic, piano-grounded songwriters and vocalists like Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder. We’re thrilled to premiere Jake Sherman’s live video performance of “When It Was Summer” at The Breeding Ground NYC. The Breeding Ground is the world’s first recording lounge, a space where intimate concerts are curated and live sessions are produced by Tariq Khan (Bilal, Blue Note Records) and Grammy-winning videographer Nikki Birch (Snarky Puppy, Emily King).
Jake has been involved with The Breeding Ground since before he moved to NYC. “The folks there have always been extremely supportive and they work hard to bolster the thriving Brooklyn creative music community,” Jake said in an email, “I was in Bilal’s band for about three years and the initial connection between us was made through The Breeding Ground. I am grateful to be able to work with them and was so happy to make this live video at one of my shows there.
Read more from Jake Sherman about “When It Was Summer” and the live session:
“I wrote this song in 2011 and it came to me without much effort. It felt like I was more channeling it than writing it, which is a feeling that I treasure whenever I am lucky enough to experience it. When I first started recording my music I was so scared of singing in front of people that I promised myself that my album would be an in studio production only and I wouldn’t have to perform it live. Since that time, my philosophy on how I present myself and my music has changed. This video is a representation of that, and I’m pleased to share it with you.
This video features Kyle Miles on bass (who I have played with since I was twelve), Adam Jackson on drums (who played in Bilal’s band with me on a few world tours) and Devon Yesberger on keys (who expertly navigates the impossible task of playing lots of notes while I’m playing lots of notes and still making it work.)”
Stream Jake Sherman Returns below.
Don’t miss Jake Sherman live at Rockwood Music Hall on August 27 at 9PM performing a solo vocoder set opening for Denise Renee. Jake also performs September 13 at The Owl Parlor.