From strip clubs to nursing homes, street busking to festival stages, biker bars to state capitals, Jake'O has performed in about every possible situation in his career. The originator of the “Nuvo-Retro” sound has built a reputation by using his soulful vibrato voice, reverberating mile wide guitar tone, electric showmanship, and signature vintage blue brand.
Raised in the military and traveling extensively you'll hear influences of world music: Asian, Latin, Rock 'n' Roll, and EDM. He effortlessly transcends music pigeon holes and engages with all age group listeners.
Artists such as Postmodern Jukebox, Lana Del Ray, and Leon Bridges have a modern day retro sound, while Jake'O hopscotches with futuristic flair and vintage vibes in every song –being an anomaly in today's music scene. He's opened for artists such as American Authors, Marcus King Band, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, and has played at the same 2018 festival as Buddy Guy, Florida Georgia Line, Shawn Mendez, Imagine Dragons, The Weeknd, and Marshmellow. Jake'O has written songs for pAt mAcdonald (known for Timbuk 3's “The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades”) at Steelbride Songfest –a music motel where songwriters like Jackson Browne often frequent.
This artist exudes the “It Factor” aura. When people attend his shows they shockingly refer to him as a modern day Elvis, with musical bloodlines running from Bruno Mars, KALEO, Prince, and Ritchie Valens. There's a duality about Jake'O: he preserves the past but pushes the current norm, is family friendly but is subliminally provocative, means business but is self-effacing. His music has a simple complexity quality which Jake'O believes can “teleport listeners to reside in the past, present, and future within one song”.