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The Bronx, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 1994 | SELF

The Bronx, New York, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 1994
Solo R&B Soul




"The Apollo Theatre: Amateur Night Artist: Antonio Jacobs"

Antonio Jacobs teaches music at PS87 in the Bronx. His students range from Kindergarten to fifth grade. Antonio is a singer, songwriter and plays the piano. His artistic influences are Stevie Wonder, Prince, Elvis Costello, Billy Joel, Mariah Carey and Johann Sebastian Bach. He has performed at the Groove, Baggot Inn, Shark Bar, Soul Café and The Five Spot. Antonio is planning to sing the old Heatwave classic “Always and Forever” at Amateur Night. - Apollo Theatre Foundation


I have three albums under my belt: two self-produced (Antonio Jacobs - blacklieder, and BONE) and one produced with Robert Warren (JAZZIQUE by the group of the same name). Available at CDBaby, iTunes and all over the internet, my song "Instantly" entered the Top Ten at in 2007. "The Rain", written with Lenora Jaye has received some recognition on A couple of songs from the JAZZIQUE album received some internet airplay in the US and in the Netherlands. I've recently appeared on iLike as an artist.



When my generation of musicians and artists were growing up, many of them were educated by the sage advice of Schoolhouse Rock, which taught the adage that "knowledge is power." I believe this to be gospel, and I also believe knowledge is the secret weapon in the creation of art.
Knowledge is part of my background. Having been born and raised in Jamaica, Queens and having come from a creative family, I am no stranger to right-minded ideas. I studied commercial art in high school and college. I was trained as a jazz pianist at Long Island University, and I studied Music History and Literature at Northwestern University. I've toured and recorded with choirs, performed and directed musical theatre, and written and arranged in a variety of genres.
My primary influences are Stevie Wonder, Prince, Elvis Costello, Sting and Mariah Carey. These five artists reperesent the blacklieder philosophy: genius, eclecticism, lyricism, musicianship and prolificacy.

I've been underground, but now I'm looking to rise and be noticed.