Jacob Collier is recognized as one of the world’s most distinctive, inventive and prodigious young musicians. Based in London, UK, Jacob has been inspired by many sounds – his music combines elements of Jazz, A cappella, Groove, Folk, Trip-hop, Classical music, Brazilian music, Gospel, Soul and Improvisation (to name a few), which culminate to create the world of "Jacob Collier."

 

Jacob grew up in a family of musicians, and has honed his musical ideas from a very young age. He has embraced the world of the Internet to share his uniquely creative talent, becoming best known for creating his trademark multi-faceted YouTube videos from his music room at home, wherein he sings all the parts, plays all the instruments, and visualises every component with a mosaic of screens. Since his first YouTube upload in December 2011, Jacob’s online social channels have garnered over 70K international subscribers and more than 4.7 million views. With viral hits such as his rendition of the Stevie Wonder classic, “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing,” Collier has garnered a global following, and some of his greatest fans among the elite Jazz community include Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Steve Vai and Take 6, to name a few.

 

Jacob has spent the last six months collaborating with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, designing and building a groundbreaking solo live performance vehicle, which brings his one-man, multi-instrumental, multi-visual format of music making to the stage in a way that has never been seen or heard before. Jacob recently debuted this show at the Montreux Jazz Festival, opening for Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea. The Guardian heralded Collier as “jazz music’s new messiah” after witnessing the pre-debut run at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London.

 

Collier is concurrently working on commissioned arrangements for high-calibre orchestras and bands around the world, traveling to give Masterclasses at various schools and universities, and collaborating with many different musicians, including being featured on Snarky Puppy's Family Dinner Vol. 2 and collaborating with Take 6. Jacob was also most recently involved in Beats by Dre’s Ruby World Cup “The Game Starts Here” television and online campaign, where Jacob arranged and recorded “Jerusalem” as the soundtrack for their spot. The video on YouTube has garnered over 7.5 million views. Lastly, Jacob is in the middle of recording and self-producing his debut album, to be released in 2016, and creating ever more videos to be shared on his online channels. He looks forward to meeting you, one day.

I am a big fan… great chords, great arrangements, great singing!
— Pat Metheny
A multi-talented musician…glorious. Extraordinary
— BBC Radio 3
Talent oozing out of every pore
— Jamie Cullum
One of the most talented individuals I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing and working with
— Tommy LiPuma
DUDE!!! You are just BEYOND!!!
— Mark Kibble, Take 6
Genius
— Mervyn Warren
Collier arrested the audience with pure wonderment and awe in a debut solo show that securely marks his place as jazz’s new prodigy… Heads shook in pure disbelief throughout the evening due to the sheer range and quality of his singing and playing… It feels natural to reach for the superlatives adequately to describe the feeling and vibe Collier spread throughout Ronnie Scott’s in his 45 minute set
— London Jazz News
We are big fans
— Tower of Power
Fucking unbelievable
— David Crosby
Jacob Collier has taken the music world by storm with the brilliance and originality of his vocal harmonies and singing – not to mention his abilities as virtuosic pianist and multi-instrumentalist. The joy he exudes and love of all musical styles is also very refreshing.
— Mike Flynn, Jazzwise
Utterly jaw-dropping
— Rufus Hound
Totally frickin flabbergasted
— Dave Koz
A cross between Take 6 and Django Bates… the guy is a genius
— Jonathan Kreisberg
VERY VERY VERY blooming brilliant
— Liane Carroll
This kid! So badass … Super hip
— Geoffrey Keezer
Nothing short of genius
— Silas Armstrong, International Ronnie Scott’s Radio Show
Fucking brilliant, is all
— Harry Shearer, The Simpsons
He’s a genius, I think
— Jason Rebello
Singer and arranger Jacob Collier has got talent to burn
— Helen Mayhew, Jazz FM
Undoubtedly the music world’s next genius
— Georgia Mancio, ReVoice Festival
A miracle of other galaxies that came to our Earth
— Maurício Einhorn
Your music is legend, Jacob…I want to be like you when I grow up
— Peter Erskine
The 8th wonder of the world
— Incognito
The most talented kid on Earth today
— K.D. Lang
Let’s give thanks for young badasses who play loads of instruments and wreck shop on melodica – Jacob Collier
— Snarky Puppy
Magnificent!
— Chick Corea
Blown away
— Steve Vai
Ridiculously creative, and wonderfully sung!!! LOVE to hear this kind of stuff
— Claude McKnight, Take 6
Big fan
— Raphael Saadiq
You’re the future, man
— Larry Goldings
I have never in my life seen a talent like this… Beyond category. One of my favourite young artists on the planet – absolutely mind-blowing
— Quincy Jones
Wow!! Jacob, your stuff is amazing
— Herbie Hancock
Staggering and unique… Jazz’s new messiah
— The Guardian
Jacob Collier is hands down INCREDIBLE
— Jack Conte
I am overjoyed to hear what you are doing
— Chuck Israels
MONSTER!!!! … Such an amazing musician
— Gary Husband
I am a huge huge huge huge huge huge huge huge huge fan!
— Carleen Anderson
You’re a fucking genius, man
— Omar
Fabulous
— James Taylor (singer)
Very compelling and wonderful performances, arrangements and playing
— Jimmy Haslip
A unique and brilliant talent…absolutely fantastic!
— Leslie Bricusse (Composer of ‘Pure Imagination’)