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Jacob Collier

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Jacob Collier

From YouTube sensation to global superstar, 28-year-old British singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier has turned the music world on its ear, pairing his boundless musical ability with cutting edge technology to redefine the meaning of “solo performance.”

Born to a pair of classical violinists and music educators, Collier was singing and performing from childhood. He first made waves when the homemade video of his stunning a capella version of “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory became a viral phenomenon, introducing the world to his four and a half octave vocal range and staggering approach to harmony, overdubbing his voice over a dozen times to create a densely rich musical tapestry.

Collier’s GRAMMY-winning 2016 debut album, In My Room, hit #1 on the iTunes jazz chart in 23 countries and debuted at #1 on the Contemporary Jazz Album chart in Billboard, who declared, “Jacob Collier is blowing minds.”

A collaborator with the likes of John Mayer, Snarky Puppy, Coldplay, BTS, Alicia Keys, SZA, and Tank and the Bangas, Collier began work on his sprawling Djesse project in 2018 — a 50-song collection spread over a planned four releases, each devoted to a different part of the day, that features contributions by the Metropole Orkest, Sam Amidon, Oumou Sangaré, Ty Dolla Sign, Chris Thile, and Becca Stevens, among others. The third and latest volume was released in 2020, and these performances will likely feature music from the as-yet unreleased fourth volume.

To witness Jacob Collier live is to experience a visceral definition of “pure imagination.”

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