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"Snider Gives the Green Light"

"You might expect a 17-year-old singer/songwriter from the suburbs to sing about fake ID’s and how his mom won’t buy him a new cell phone. Of the six songs on Jake Snider’s EP Green Lights For Granted, only “Say Farewell” will meet such expectations. More commonly, you’ll encounter moody masterpieces such as “To The Ocean,” with mind-boggling lines like “I went to see the warriors of virtue with you” and “Breaking open the calluses created by your mind.” How many 17-year-olds are writing lyrics like that and pairing them with beguiling, classically-influenced melodies?

Jake’s first professional recording, Green Lights is mostly a collaboration with his buddy Jeff Berman, who handles both bass and drums with equal ease and provides a strong backdrop for Jake’s impressive keyboard work. The tracks generally have a stripped-down sound, although “Early Morning Somewhere” is fleshed out with Jake’s guitar and layered vocals, and the glorious “How?” needs little adornment to cement its position as a sublime slice of jazz-pop. Despite its upbeat musical qualities, “How?” is also the darkest offering on the EP, its lyrics almost disturbing in their portrayal of a man on the brink. While some of Jake’s vocals on Green Lights are a bit rough, his voice is so smooth and robust that with a little work, he should eventually earn his place as one of the great singers of his generation.

Lately, Jake has been performing in Philadelphia and the western suburbs where he grew up.
If you can make it to a show, you will be in for a treat as Jake jams with his friends and family, plays a wider variety of music than you might expect, and harmonizes superbly with fellow teenaged singer/songwriter Emily Bach. If you can’t make it to a show, get your Jake Snider fix by purchasing Green Lights For Granted on CD Baby or iTunes." - Crunk Box

"ONA Year In Review: 2008"

"Breakout Star of the Year: Jake Snider. When I was in high school, I was making crude lo-fi DIY recordings and singing in front of my classmates in the school auditorium. But in the same stage of his life, Jake Snider has already made a professional EP and played proper gigs at major venues in the Philadelphia area. And why the hell not? He is an accomplished singer, songwriter, and keyboardist who posesses more raw talent and professionalism than an embarrassingly large percentage of today's hottest chart-toppers. And in the mere eight months since I discovered him, he's just gotten better! This guy's got what it takes to go all the way." - One Note Ahead


Green Lights for Granted EP (2008)

Jake Snider (Nov. 2009)



Singer-songwriter Jake Snider's debut EP, "Green Lights for Granted" gives a glimpse into his musical world...so far. A pianist since age five, Jake uses his jazz background to create thoughtful songs that stand apart from familiar man-with-guitar coffeehouse sound.

Born as the oldest of five children, Jake's home recordings (if you listen closely) boast "creative accents" in the background: slight screaming, calls for dinner, hungry barking dogs, et cetera. "Green Lights", however, features none of the above, as it was professionally recorded in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania with Cliff Hillis...far, far away from his home in suburban Philadelphia.

At nineteen, Jake has written over 60 original songs, making this album a bite-sized spoonful from his repertoire. Now making his first round of performances at premier Philadelphia and New York City music venues, this marks the very beginning of Jake's entrance onto the music scene. In the summers, when he is away from his full-time job as a student, Jake enjoys his family cabin on a lake in Maine, reading Harry Potter and listening to the loons. Jake currently attends Columbia University in New York City, and is releasing a self-titled full-length this Thanksgiving.