Jacob Moon

Jacob Moon

 Hamilton, Ontario, CAN
SoloFolkSinger/Songwriter

Jacob Moon is an indie singer-songwriter who tours Canada as a one-man-band. He just released his 9th CD, Fascination, and he counts as Rush, Gordon Lightfoot, Ron Sexsmith and Queen as his most vocal fans. His YouTube videos have been seen by hundreds of thousands worldwide and he's embarking on a 20th anniversary tour this year.

Biography

Every artist starts out with heroes. But not every artist gets asked by their heroes to join them, as artists, on their stage. It's a compliment that Jacob Moon keeps getting from the musicians who have inspired him since he started as a singer-songwriter out in Hamilton, Ontario. Artists like Rush, Marillion and Gordon Lightfoot have taken a shine to Moon's renditions of their songs and have lavished him praise and a spotlight that has gained him international attention. It is these inventive covers that draws the fans in, but it's Moon's original material and his compelling live show that make them pull up a chair.

Jacob Moon is known for his giftedness as a singer, songwriter of award-winning pop and folk songs. He is also a master of the art of ‘live looping’, a performance style where he records what he’s playing in real time and layers sound on sound to make one guitar sound like an orchestra.

Once Moon had completed his musical training at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON, he began recording and trying to find as many gigs as he could to stay alive. Realizing that he needed something that would set him apart from other performers, Moon began experimenting with 'live looping' technology--a foot-pedal that triggers the instantaneous recording of his guitar while he's playing live. This gave Moon a whole new palette to paint with musically, and he has gone on to be one of the leading Loopers on the scene.

His popular live-looping music videos on YouTube recently gained attention on a national level, when rock legends Rush asked Moon to perform at the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala. Geddy, Neil and Alex insisted that Moon to be there to play 'Subdivisions', which he performed on a Hamilton rooftop in his 2008 video (now at over 400K hits). His performance was immediately followed by a standing ovation from his heroes, and that one night has led to some exciting new touring opportunities.

Rush drummer Neil Peart had this to say about Jacob: "We all shared Jacob Moon’s performance of Subdivisions quite a long time ago and sent it to each other, ‘Hey have you seen this?’ because it’s such a beautiful cover. The imaginative way that he uses the little cassette player to get my voice in there. It’s superb. And it is that kind of song. It’s a singer-songwriter’s song. I loved to see his version of it and I loved the idea that song has endured to his generation.”

FASCINATION: THE NEW CD

A new collection of covers (and 2 new originals) from Canadian singer-songwriter Jacob Moon,  hit stores Mar 1 2014. Covers by artists like Marillion, Rush, Yes, Peter Gabriel, Radiohead, Tom Waits and Keane are featured. The record is a labor of love and pays tribute to the music that influenced him growing up and the music that is filling his head today. Infused with a bold rock sound and yet making eclectic forays into folk, funk and pop, this is one album that has something for everyone.

Awards:

·         "Landing" (2002): Folk Artist of the Year, VIBE Awards

·         "Eventide"(2005): -5 Hamilton Music Awards nominations

·         Inspirational Song of the Year, Song of the month at the Unisong Song contest in Hollywood, CA

·         'Folk artist of the year' by the Toronto Independent Music Awards in Oct '06.

·         West Coast Songwriters Award for best Inspirational song ("Just Like You")

·         "This Christmas" (2007) BEST SEASONAL ALBUM 2008 at the CGMA awards.

·         Nominated for Artist of the Year at the 2014 Glass Awards

"Jacob Moon is an exceedingly gifted and watchable performer....seems completely at home on stage"- Ron Sexsmith, singer-songwriter

"Tremendous command of the instrument...amazing voice. I can honestly say that I am overwhelmed by his music." Danny Miranda, bassist for QUEEN

"Every once in a while a voice just leaps out at you...and that's what happened when we heard Jacob Moon" - Shelagh Rogers, CBC Personality.

"Jacob Moon is one of the finest singer-songwriters to emerge on the local music scene during the past decade. That much is abundantly clear on listening to his new album, Landing." - The Record

RECENT PRESS (SPRING 2014):

-interview and story from Graham Rockingham at the Hamilton Spectator

-a feature spot in the Music Notes section of the VIEW

-feature piece in Hamilton Magazine

Lyrics

Alone in New York

Written By: Jacob Moon

It's over now but I'm still under
like the shipwrecks in the sea
Across the Hudson, I stop and wonder

Will you come down and search for me

Now the life I planned has turned to sand

And it's gone between my fingers into dust,
we fade to black, no going back
well we're all afraid of something and I'm just the long goodbye, high and dry
and I don't want to be alone
in New York tonight

Memory walk beside me
and write down all I see
I need to believe that this has meaning
whatever that might be

And now the lights tonight were never brighter
and they shine right through into my heart,
on Bleecker Street, I can't move my feet

It's the last place I want to fall apart;
but people here, no strangers to fear
They know I don't want to be alone in New York tonight

This will to carry on
It's the only thing left when hope is gone

The Great Beyond

Written By: Jacob Moon

The Great Beyond
(Jacob Moon, 2006)

With your feet on the ledge don’t it seem like the edge of the universe
Lookin’ down now you get it feel the spin in your head it’s like an insane urge
To jump out of this skin
To jump out of this skin

When you fall would you feel it at all
when your feet touch ground
Or would your soul take flight
like you waited all your life to be outward bound
To see what no one sees
Touch the mystery

Hey can you see me now
Growing smaller in your window
Cause something deep inside me leads me on
Taking me to the great beyond

You hear the sound of the cars and you know where you are
Where you’ve always been
In a world of space and time don’t you find that it pulls you in?
Til every day’s the same
Every day’s the same

But I always believed that there was something more
A piece of heaven that I never had an explanation for
Cause everything that is
Points to more than this

Hey can you hear me now
I’ve been following the whisper that calls my name
I know that it’s leading me on
Where every other sound has gone
Into the great beyond

End of the Road

Written By: Jacob Moon

Every night she watches as another setting sun falls from the sky
And with it all her hopes are falling
Every dream she whispered to the night
As she turns out the light
I will put my arms around her
And softly I will speak her name

It’s not the end of the road my love
I believe we’ll walk in the light
It’s not the end of the road my love

It’s not like we haven’t prayed my love
We’ve been down on our knees every night
And Heaven knows
It’s not the end of the road

This world only loves you when it’s all smiles
And ‘I’m doing fine’
But when your broken heart is on your sleeve
That’s when love leaves you far behind
Well not every time
I won’t let you sink down
Tell me everything you’re feeling

Chorus

You don’t have to be strong, now darling
You don’t have to dry your eyes
Cause it ain’t easy when you’ve waited so long
To keep this dream alive

Chorus

Children of the World

Written By: Jacob Moon

The voice crying out in the dark
Will never break down that wall
Or break my stony heart
If I don’t answer that call

Coming from somewhere a million miles away
From paradise
They prey on the young
And they tell all kinds of lies

We’re just going for a little ride
It’s gonna be OK
We’ll be back before the light

Hear me praying now Lord

Can someone explain to me why
Nobody’s standing guard
We cover our ears and our eyes
But reality hits back hard

As the money flies and the nations play their games
See the rise in the children bound and chained

The youngest of the young
Will be the first the go
They won’t stop until they’re done

Hear me praying now
Lord will you watch over the children of the world
Cause it’s a terrifying road now for the children of the world
Lord will you watch over the children of the world
Cause it’s a backbreaking load now for the children of the world

INSTRUMENTAL

Child soldiers in the Sudan
They’re training killers in Afghanistan
But whose war is it anyway?

We’ve seen enough unmarked graves
A generation of burned-out slaves
But whose child is it anyway?

Lord will you watch over the children of the world
Cause it’s a terrifying road now for the children of the world
Lord will you watch over the children of the world
Cause it’s a backbreaking load now for the children of the world

Lord make us brave
To free the captives and the slaves
But Lord bring your justice to the children of the world

Memory of the Dark

Written By: Jacob Moon

They came to me before the dawn
when every eye was closed in sleep
They smiled at me and took my hand
I tasted their sweet promises

’Til sound and light went dim and dark
Until I slipped away,
‘til I slipped away

I wake to find I’m not alone
And home is somewhere far away
Dirty faces terrified
And strong men guarding every door
And in my chest a pounding fear
Lord who will save me now,
who will save me now

Oh, take me with you
take me home
Break the chains that keep me here
Oh, how my heart cries out to go
back in time before that night
And my memory of the dark

Too young to be a runaway
I’ll run until I lose my breath
I’ll run to where I can’t be found
And cry out for your mercy Lord
A cry for me and every child
Who waits in silent fear…

Oh, take me with you
take me home
Break the chains that keep me here
Oh where you lead me I will go
And I will be a slave no more…

Oh, take me with you
take me home
Break the chains that keep me here
Oh where you lead me I will go
And I will be a slave no more
To my memory of the dark

Sara

Written By: Jacob Moon

Sara, the day we came to meet you
Just about as sweet as it gets
Little Sara, standing in the rain
Someone pinned your lovely name on your dress

Sara, all throughout the day
We would need no words to say what it meant
Oh and Sara, little did you know
That your little smile was so heaven-sent

There were tears here
Falling like the rain upon a dry ground
And just like a sleeping baby makes no sound
We were in the darkness with our heads down

Now I don't know what the future holds
Ain't got no crystal ball
Maybe sunshine maybe hard times
We’ll never know it all

Maybe the sign we could not see
Has been there all along
Sara you came along like a dream
When our dream was gone

Sara, before you came along
I had music for my song but no words
Oh but Sara, you made me come alive
With the sweetest voice that I’ve ever heard

Now the day breaks
I don’t remember all the heart ache
Now I know the difference that a day makes
Everytime I see a picture of your face

Chorus

With every year that passes by
We’re drifting further from the shore
Do we wait it out, or should we bail out
We don’t know anymore

All I know is now I see the right
In all this wrong
Sara you came along like a dream
When it felt like our hearts might be coming apart at the seams
Sara you came along like a dream…Let me dream on

Discography

Fascination: 2014
Landing 2: the 10th Anniversary Concert -2012
The Music Room: Instructional DVD set: 2010
Maybe Sunshine-2009
This Christmas-2007
The Loop-2007
Eventide - 2005
Landing-2002
The World I Left Behind-2000
Among the Thieves-1998

Set List

2 sets of 45 mins:

Typical Set:

Set One:

The Pearl (E. Harris)
Great Beyond
Ribbon of Darkness
Alone in NY
Ring Them Bells
Magnolia
Sara
Children of the World
Memory of the Dark

Set Two:

Come talk to Me (P. Gabriel)
Under African Skies
I'm Sorry
Is That All You Got
Revelation
Chelseaville
We Will Overcome
Subdivisions
Everything's Gonna Be Alright