With the roots music of the Mississippi delta to their south and the soul-stirring sounds of Muscle Shoals, Alabama to their north, John & Jacob grew up in a cauldron of soulful music of a distinctly American form. Southern gospel music informed their earliest musical experiences. John’s parents, grandfather and uncle performed in gospel groups and Jacob grew up attending church with his grandmother absorbing the rhythms and harmonies as a young boy.
The two boys met in grade school and starting playing music right away. After a decade of clubs, churches and festivals John & Jacob moved to Nashville to pursue their dreams as artists. Two of their childhood friends Jake Thrasher (bass) and Trevor Davis (drums) moved up soon after. Six months later they met Austin Smith (keys/guitar). Together these five young men have become the band John & Jacob and in the process have helped realize the full sound the boys heard in their minds for so long.
The band has a stripped-down sound accompanying songs with soaring melodies, rhythmic sophistication, harmonies and call-and-response vocals. Their influences are as diverse as the Beatles, Blitzen Trapper and classic Country music, but their music is very much their own.
The 2014 summer festival season was a busy one for John & Jacob playing SXSW, Bonnaroo, Hangout, Firefly, and the CMA Festival. In July, while touring in the UK with Kacey Musgraves, their single "Ride With Me" was playlisted at BBC Radio 2.
Returning to the US they joined Kacey Musgraves in support of her fall tour. Their October 10th debut at the Grand Ole Opry met with huge applause, following the American release of their independent debut album on October 6th, hitting Billboard Heatseekers Top 10 and iTunes Top 10 charts.
January 2015 found the boys playlisted at BBC Radio 2 with their single, “Be My Girl.” In February they sold out their first headline show in London at The Barfly, which was followed by shows in Manchester and Glasgow. In April the boys returned to the UK opening for The Shires, the first UK Country act to chart Top Ten with their album on the UK Charts. John & Jacob released their UK album on June 29th through Proper Records and will be following the release with their first headline tour in the UK in October.
John & Jacob are published writers in Nashville writing such Billboard #1 hits as “DONE.” with The Band Perry. They have also had "Be My Girl", placed in ABC's hit TV show, "Nashville."
Vocals, Guitar / John Davidson
Vocals, Guitar, Trumpet / Jacob Bryant
Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard, Texan / Austin T. Smith
Bass / Jake Thrasher
Drums / Trevor Davis