LORETTA'S ARTIST OF WEEK 9/28/15
Jake Ohlbaum is a singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, composer, and producer/arranger from Philadelphia. He currently studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Playing piano and trumpet since age 11 and self taught on guitar and bass since 13 , Jake has been exposed to every style of music from classical to jazz to rock, hip-hop, dubstep, and everything in between. As a vocalist, he has fronted multiple bands as well as singing in acoustic/solo settings, choirs, a cappella groups, and theater productions. As an instrumentalist, he has played in jazz, rock, gospel, blues, funk, classical, and folk ensembles.
Currently, Jake is wrapping up a dual degree in Contemporary Writing & Production, and Songwriting at Berklee College of Music, studying voice with faculty members Paula Cole, Melissa Ferrick, and Jeff Ramsey, among others.
Studying voice privately with Paul Adkins (University of the Arts), Jake has also earned lead roles in many theater productions, most recently Roger in "Rent" at Harvard University and Berger in "Hair" at Berklee College of Music. An involvement in theater has lead him to a knack for arranging and music directing for musical theater settings, most recently for Next to Normal the musical, at Berklee.
Drawing on major influences like Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Ben Folds, and many other contemporary artists Jake has been crafting his skills as a songwriter above anything else. His solo EP "February," was independently released in early 2013 and can be downloaded online. This fall, his band, "The Black Moons," recorded their first full length album in Boston. The debut album, "Half Hearted and Climbing," was released last year.
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