Hillside Summer Festival 2018
July 13 - 15
Our first glimpse into the heart and soul of Jake Clemons came in 2013 with release of his debut EP, Embracing Light. With just a few original songs, this gifted singer and multi-instrumentalist offered a bewitching hint at how much he had to say and the intricate way he said it. Now, with Jake’s current full-length album Fear & Love (released in January 2017,) we are allowed a deeper appreciation of what Clemons has to offer.
There’s the hair, then there are the glasses, but ultimately there is a person who is a magnet for positive energy, emotion and creating stories. In short, Jake continues to make a deep connection in the present by living life to its’ fullest through a musical journey.
Growing up in Virginia as the son of a Marine Corps band director and as the nephew of the legendary Clarence Clemons, Jake began his musical career studying jazz performance at the Virginia Governor’s School For The Arts. Over the years while crafting his skills in writing and recording, Jake’s musical ability evolved to include vocals,guitar, piano, drums and of course, the saxophone.
The Jake Clemons Band was created in 2010 and since then Jake has been living on a perpetual world tour, traveling throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe, performing at venues and “Legendary Living Room” shows across the globe. Jake has graced many stages performing alongside a variety of artists including Tom Morello, Glen Hansard, The Swell Season, The Roots, Roger Waters and Eddie Vedder to name a few.
Dividing his time between touring the world with his own music and spending the last five years as the tenor and baritone saxophonist with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band (stepping in for his Uncle, the late Clarence Clemons,) Jake had time to think of the sound and the direction for Fear & Love, laying the first parts of this album’s foundation at the same time that his EP Embracing Light was in progress.