Hidden in Plain View
Jacob was born in Moscow, Russia, where he lived until he was two. At that time his family emigrated to Israel. 10 months later to France. Another 6 months and they made it Canada. Jacob was three. And ready to settle down. Growing up in Vancouver, B.C., and later Seattle, Washington, he was exposed to a wide variety of influences. His father played piano for a living; so there was always a spinet or two in the home. For a brief time in the 5th grade, even a saxophone. But it wasn't until he picked up a guitar that Jacob really found his muse. And simple and earnest as they were, those early songs extolling the virtues of batteries and family vacations did pave the way for eventually more sophisticated material. Jacob's music is a smart, melodic guitar pop that owes a debt to Sting and Crowded House. His musical tastes, like his childhood years, span the planet, and it's not uncommon to hear some Latin or even Slavic textures in his songs. Vocally, he roams a territory somewhere between Neil Finn and Rob Thomas, all the while stamping out a unique sound of his own.