Jake Walden

Jake Walden

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandPopAdult Contemporary

I am a very raw singer/songwriter who evokes the likes of Springsteen with an open diary approach. I sing about love and hope.

Biography

In the last few years, Jake Walden has established himself as one of the most celebrated singer/songwriters on L.A.’s café circuit, playing regular gigs at the legendary Hotel Café and earning praise from critics at CMJ, InStyle, The Advocate, and others, as well as key placements on television networks ABC, CW, MTV and OWN. A northern California-raised child of hippies whose first inclination was to deny his sentimental roots, Jake’s need to connect with others eventually overruled his desire to rebel. With his heart stopping soulful velvet gravel voice, and gift for storytelling, music was the obvious vehicle.

For his first album, 2008’s Alive and Screaming, Jake found his voice in heartbreak: A year spent in near-solitude with little more than a rented piano and his thoughts. Intensely personal songs reflected a time of longing and hurt, but never shied away from the idea of living life to the fullest, that hope was just around the corner. That hope now plays out in Same Something Different. Written largely during what he calls a “dust in the wind” period of his life spent touring-slash-couchsurfing, the album explores everything from his battles with depression to the immense joy he felt at his sister’s wedding to classic themes of love, loss and the struggle for a dreamer (as he calls himself and his fans) to embracing who he is and who he isn't. This time, there’s beauty in the pain. “I set out to write an album not about a specific feeling or time, but something to encompass all of who I am,” Jake says. “I am a person who very openly struggles—a true introvert living an extroverted life. But I am also a happy, loved, loving person, and it was important for me to explore that, too.”

Though its stories are personal, Same Something Different came together as a group effort. Jake’s dedication to blogging, Facebook, and other forms of social media—notable for a guy who didn’t even own a computer until five years ago—keep him connected to his fan base. Nearly 200 of these fans ultimately pledged $24,000 to help make Same Something Different a reality. The support, Jake says, reinforced he was on the right path, both professionally and personally. “I’d love to have a hit, believe me,” he says. “But more important is feeling like I’ll be able to make music that matters not only to me but to those who make my songs a part of their lives for the next 20 years. That feeling became more real once I realized that so many others were also invested in that possibility.”

Produced by Christopher Thorn (Blind Melon, Anna Nalick, Under The Influence of Giants) and recorded at Fireside Studios in Silverlake, Same Something Different lives up to its title: The songs convey the familiar sense of yearning that Jake’s fans have come to expect, but with a newly hopeful subtext. “It’s both where I come from and where I want to be,” he explains. Ballads sung with raw vocals keep the vibe low-key, while a full band backing helps create a mood of epic celebration. The takeaway: It’s possible—perfectly normal, even—to be content, yet still search for more. “There’s always a sense of longing and some pain that comes along with seeking anything that’s great in life,” says Jake. “I’m a person who has lived in a lot of darkness. This album doesn’t deny that, but at the same time through it, I step out into the light.”

Lyrics

Even In Your Doubt

Written By: Jake Walden

Don't you ever want to be no one
Like a ghost in the fog in the middle of nowhere
A fly on the wall in a blacked out hall

There's a madness in my head
Just a trip no destination
There's a song beneath my bed
And it's cryin' out for you

To pack it up, light it up,
And move on to somewhere
Pack it up, light it up,
You're times are a changin'

I want to see colors again
I want to wake up, live life, walk upon the water
But there's a madness in my head
Just a trip no destination
There's a song beneath my bed
And it's cryin' out for you

To go, even in your doubt,
For you may never run
Thinkin' it over and over
And you'll wonder where it is you've gone
Where you are goin',
If ever we meet again...

Sometimes to surrender is to fight
Everything ain't wrong
Everything ain't right

But there's a madness in my head
Just a trip no destination
There's a song beneath my bed
And it's cryin' out for you

To go, even in your doubt,
For you may never run
Thinkin' it over and over
And you'll wonder where it is you've gone
Where you are goin',
If ever we meet again...

And if our paths cross one day
Will you know it's me?
With the time and the lines on our faces
As truth we followed our hearts....

Where do we go?
Where do we go?
Where do we go?
Where do we go?

Same Something Different

Written By: Jake Walden

If I clear my heart of all I've known
Could it feel like the first time?
And if you clear my mind
Lead me down to the fire
Illuminate the eyes and steal my sorrow

Everybody wants the same something different
Find it hiding in the echo of your distance
Come a little bit closer now
The light is beautiful

And I, I have seen your love
The way your body folds in mine, I close my eyes,
And it feels like I'm home again
I, I have seen your love
And when you traveled miles away, you'd call to say,
That you wished you were home again

There's a ghost I used to know
Many many years ago
When I was younger and the lights fade down
You see there's something that you need to know
It's mine and mine alone
But come on closer now
And I'll whisper it softly

I feel alright...
Tonight
Everybody wants the same something different
Find it hiding in the echo of your distance
Come a little bit closer now
The light is beautiful

And I, I have seen your love
The way your body folds in mine, I close my eyes,
And it feels like I'm home again
I, I have seen your love
And when you traveled miles away, you'd call to say,
That you wished you were home again

Sometimes

Written By: Jake Walden and Gary Gladson

Sometimes I'd rather be alone
Sometimes I dream that I were gone
Sometimes, sometimes the light goes...
Sometimes change is unsaid and lonely
I sometimes fall below me
And sometimes your life grows on you

But there you are, holding on,
To be my heart
And to be my strong

And it feels like love now
How we whisper how we touch
And it feels like love now
All the anger and the lust
And it feels like love now
I can feel it in my bones
It feels like love...

Ain't it funny how the road is where the heart is?
And the night comes dawn...

Thanks for making stories of my life
Thanks for making beauty in this harsh life
Thanks for making stories of my life
Thanks for making beauty in this harsh life

Almost Brave

Written By: Jake Walden and Rob Ahlers

How do we do it?
Everyday
We show our faces
Reveal our names
Still every time I shave my skin
The moon reflects my eyes and the mirrors laughin'
It's been a while
How ya doin'?

If I could tell you what the truth is
I swear I'd say it if I could
But love ain't what you say
It's what you do when life is callin' you,
Singin'

Hey, the music's callin'
Hey, the music's callin'
Hey, it's you that's bringin' you down

I try to live the story
I try so hard
Some days I'm almost graceful
Most days I'm not
Still every time I wipe my eyes
When I begin to realize all that life is
It's almost brave
To show our faces
To reveal our names

I know one day I'll show what love is
I think about it every day
But love ain't what you say
It's what you do when life is callin' you
Singin'

Hey, the music's callin'
Hey, the music's callin'
Hey, it's you that's bringin' you down

Here the wind is cold now
Here the city aches
She said "life is choices
Some yours to make"
Still I believe in where I come from
I believed it where I've come
Oh but love, love ain't what you say
It's what you do when life is callin' you
Singin'

hey, hey, hey it's you that's bringin' you down

I think I'll stay here
I think a lot
About faith and romance
About who I'm not

We Are Not Broken

Written By: Jake Walden

I take a look around me now
It's a dark and lonely morning
Another day to rise and turn alone.
I keep telling myself
"It's a lot to hope for"
But in the end it's all that I know

So take a look around you now, take a look around
We're so afraid to catch the eyes and try
Try to believe in another
Try in all the raw and all the glory
Try through the ache of need in God and Love
So here it now, say

We are
We are
We are not broken
We are
We are
We are not broken anymore

So take a look around you now, take a look around
There's so much to see beyond the lies
Try to believe in another
Try in all the raw and all the glory
Try through the ache of need in God and Love
So hear it now, say
We are, we are, we are not broken

We are
We are
We are not broken

Take me on a walk today
Let me in on lessons of your life
It takes a lot to love, but even more to hide
And it's only time

We are
We are
We are not broken
We are
We are
We are not broken no anymore

Discography

Alive and Screaming - 2008

Bleeding Love EP - 2009

Alive and Screaming Deluxe Edition - 2009

Same Something Different - July 2011

Set List

Generally play a set of 45 minutes of tracks made up from 2 full-length releases, as well as some covers.