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Jake Allen

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Still in his twenties, he moves around the acoustic guitar like he's been holding it for a lifetime, gliding from end to end and producing sounds that you'd normally expect from a full band. Although many audiences are introduced to Jake Allen through the spectacle of his intricate solo acoustic shows, the scope of Allen's artistry runs much deeper. 
At age five, Allen began exploring synthesizers and recording music in his father’s Northern Michigan studio. By fourteen, he had become proficient with a variety of instruments and he solidified his commitment to a life of producing and performing his unique blend of progressive alternative music. Allen has since gone on to produce several acclaimed solo records, playing every instrument himself, while tastefully complementing his endlessly dynamic voice. In addition to drums, guitars, etc., Jake regularly stresses his belief in using the studio itself as a key instrument in creating his robust productions and conceptual albums. These deep, detailed and technically delicious records lend themselves to the fleeting practice of sitting down and really listening to an album from start to finish.
By his late teens, Jake found himself being drawn to the sounds of finger-style guitar trailblazers like Michael Hedges and Andy McKee (who he would soon come to share the stage with). He started to pin point his focus on acoustic guitar, crafting his own breed of six string wizardry. On top of a two-hands on the neck, percussive tapping style, Jake employed an array of effects and live looping to create an engaging solo performance. Through the art of looping, he discovered a way to create a virtual clone-like backing band. With this sufficient bag of tricks, Jake took his solo show to the road in 2009, touring twice a year ever since.
In addition to his solo endeavors, Jake has toured the U.S. several times with his backing band bringing his lush studio productions to life on the stage. These live efforts have garnered sponsorships from musical gear companies like Fender, Gretsch and most notably Takamine Guitars, an acoustic guitar company currently developing a Jake Allen signature model.
As Jake continues to write, produce and perform, his mission statement remains the same. "I observe, report and justify my life through the act of making music. In turn, I wish that act will enrich the lives of others and inspire them to be their own definition of great."


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