is a singer-songwriter raised in
small town Southern Alberta, and now based in Calgary. At just 20-years-old, the
gifted artist shows incredible promise. He plays piano, guitar, bass and
mandolin, writes all of his own material, and has already been a top contestant
in multiple songwriting competitions.
by a wide variety of folk music, as well as classic and modern rock, Jake
creates original roots-rock that is inspired both by musical and literary
greats. His 2015 debut EP, White Elephant
charted on several Canadian campus-community radio stations while this year’s Eden
EP, and its lead single “The Poet,”
have opened numerous new doors for the young performer.
an artist who constantly works to develop his skills. Raised in a musical
family, he has devoted himself to learning not only a number of instruments,
but also skills. Vance spent two summers taking courses in music production,
songwriting, vocals, piano and guitar with top instructors in the U.K. He’s
also attended several songwriting courses and workshops in Calgary, and
recently completed the Artist Entrepreneur Program,
by Canada’s Music Incubator and supported by TD.
video above to see Jake perform “The Poet” at CMI, and read on to find
out what the song means to him, and much more.
IN HIS OWN WORDS
Tell us a little about the community you grew
up in; how did it impact the music you make?
up in a town called Black Diamond. It’s a beautiful small town in the foothills
of Alberta, with lots of eccentric locals. The first time I ever performed in
front of people was at the local coffee shop’s open mic night. I’ve always had
support from my community, and I think that’s something every young artist
What role does music play in your family?
in my family has an incredible love for music, and my father has been a musician
his whole life. I started playing music because I wanted to be like my dad. I
would never have become a musician without my family showing me what good music
Please tell us about “The Poet.”
Poet’ is one of my favourite songs that I’ve written. It’s the first song I
wrote for my Eden EP and I think it’s
been a stepping stone in my songwriting because it was also the first song
where I focused on making lyrics the centerpiece. For the first time, I wrote
the instrumentation and melody around the lyrics instead of writing lyrics
around an already chosen melody.”
Why is music the main medium you express
“I think music is the only medium that
I can express myself in. Creating sounds that help tell a story has always been
a great joy of mine. In the future, I hope to continue to write, and eventually
release a full album.”
You’re constantly educating yourself as a
musician; what are some of the most important lessons you’ve learned so far?
“The most important lesson I’ve been taught is
that an artist can sometimes get caught up in the business, promotion and
exploitation of their art. But, at the end of the day, all that really matters
is the music.”
Photos by Shaun Robinson