Jake Newton was raised in the Mountains outside of Yosemite National Park. He grew up playing music with his family, and lived the childhood of a dreamer, surrounded by nature; head in the clouds. There was one stop light in his town. The nearest record store was 45 miles away. It was perfect isolation. As he grew, he yearned for the excitement and vitality the city promised, the faint sounds and pictures that came to him through the T.V. static.
Upon graduation of high school, he left for Los Angeles to pursue the life of an actor. Slugging out a living, doing a manner of odd jobs, he eventually landed minor success in small movie, and television roles. After the performance of a play one night, one in which required Jake Play an original song on guitar, a fellow musician approached him, clasped him on the shoulders and said, “You’re a great actor, but you’re a better musician.” It was only several years later, that Newton truly took this to heart. He began slowly, playing small dives up and down the sunset strip, even briefly fronting a Jeff Buckley cover band.
Eventually Newton found a home at the Hotel Café, along side fellow musicians, such as Cary Brothers, Priscilla Ahn, Greg Laswell, and Joshua Radin. His music has been featured in the films, "Loving Annabelle" and "Gameface", as well as numerous primetime-aired commercials.
Jake's newest album "Kill The Past" debuted in the top 100 Singer/Songwriter genre of iTunes as well as being hand selected for the "New and Noteworthy" category.
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I'm a Bird EP (2007)
Soldier of the Heart EP (2009)
Kill The Past (2011)
Indie Music Stop
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by staff writer paul meeh- I'm A Bird is an impressive first display of songwriting ability and exe...by staff writer paul meeh-
I'm A Bird is an impressive first display of songwriting ability and execution by Jake Newton. The production level nears perfection for this style of music, with airy acoustic guitars, biting mandolin, and understated harmonies complementing outstanding vocal performances. I'm A Bird is lyrically dazzling, which enables Jake Newton to stand out in the often-overwhelmed signer/songwriter genre.
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An inventive mix of folk and indie rock, Newton brings something to the scene that isn't always ther...An inventive mix of folk and indie rock, Newton brings something to the scene that isn't always there: He means it. After a couple years of pleasing crowds with animated live shows and numerous recordings circulating the internet, Jake Newton brings us his first fully-fleshed 6 song album: the I'm A Bird EP.
From the first song, the EP's title release "Im A Bird", Newtons's haunting voice and driving melodies carry you into his world. We follow as his heartaches and triumphs are unapologetically recounted in a way I found remniscent of indie greats Jeff Buckley and Jeremy Enigk
Just Showing Off
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Singer/Songwriters make you sick don’t they? They always seem to boo-hoo all over your parade when...
Singer/Songwriters make you sick don’t they? They always seem to boo-hoo all over your parade when you’re trying to have a party. You probably shutter at the sound of an open-chord strum. While there have been plenty half-assed artist that give any acoustic six-stringer a bad name, we sometimes overlook those that actually put feeling into their music. Some may wear their heart on their sleeve for fashions sake, but Jake Newton’s seems to know no other place to be. The music drips with honesty and emotion sung in the language of personal experience-- a language that is very hard to fake. “Just Showing Off” accuses and accepts blame in the same breathe. Lines like “Here’s where it meets in the tangling of sheets/Where the histories been repeated over and over again” admit the guilty act of dual-consent. It may sound like sappy stuff, especially if you’ve built a defense mechanism against anything remotely emotional or sincere, but you may also discover how nice it can be when you let your heart live outside your chest every now and then.
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