It’s the compliments that Jacob Moon keeps getting from the musicians who have inspired him since he started as a singer-songwriter out in Hamilton, Ontario. Artists like Rush, Marillion and Gordon Lightfoot have taken a shine to Moon’s renditions of their songs and have lavished him praise and a spotlight that has gained him international attention.
It is inventive covers that draw the fans in, but it’s Moon’s original material and his compelling live show that make them pull up a chair.
Ron Sexsmith has said: “Jacob Moon is an exceedingly gifted and watchable performer….seems completely at home on stage” and Danny Miranda (bassist for Queen) concurs “Tremendous command of the instrument…amazing voice. I can honestly say that I am overwhelmed by his music”.
Jacob Moon is known for his gifts as a singer-songwriter of award-winning pop and folk songs. He is also a master of the art of ‘live looping’, a performance style where he records what he’s playing in real time and layers sound on sound to make one guitar sound like an orchestra.
His popular live-looping music videos on YouTube recently gained attention on a national level, when rock legends Rush asked Moon to perform at the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala. Geddy, Neil and Alex insisted that Moon be there to play ‘Subdivisions’, which he performed on a Hamilton rooftop in his 2008 video (now at over 350,000 hits). His performance was immediately followed by a standing ovation from Rush.
His songwriting heroes include Jackson Browne, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Peter Gabriel and Rich Mullins, and Moon’s timeless and eclectic style can be compared to those artists, among others.
Social justice is something very close to Jacob’s heart, and for many years he has been active in doing fundraiser concerts for many worthy organizations, including: Compassion Canada, International Justice Mission, Mennonite Central Committee, Canadian Foodgrains Bank, and many schools across Canada.
RECENT PRESS (SPRING 2014):
-a great interview and story from Graham Rockingham at the Hamilton Spectator
-a spot in the Music Notes section of the VIEW
-a feature in Christian Week
-feature piece in Hamilton Magazine
-as well as interviews for CFMU, Hunters Bay Radio and the CBC’s Fresh Air and Big City Small World.