“I don’t want to just be another one of many. I’m here to write the songs I want, be the artist I know in myself and prove that this is where I’m supposed to be.”
Dylan Jakobsen is becoming quite the seasoned road warrior. He’s traveled the country more than most would in a lifetime and performed at countless festivals, fairs and clubs in front of few to thousands and everything in between, opening for some of today’s biggest country music staples. At the youthful age of 23, Dylan has garnered attention throughout the scene from the country music diehards to industry professionals. Rest assured, overnight success isn’t something that Jakobsen is interested in and he’s working night and day to make a name for himself in this industry. “I’ll never be one to want anything just handed to me. I’ve learned so much about myself and who I’ve grown to be through my experiences, trials and triumphs,” says Dylan “I’m thankful for that.”
“A young, fresh face in the country music scene, Dylan Jakobsen is taking the genre by storm.” (The Daily Public, 2016)
"Silverado," Dylan’s debut single to country radio serves as a small taste of what he has to offer through his first full-length record, From Where I Began, mixed by Nashville’s resident “go-to” guy, Billy Decker. “Billy’s mixes are one of a kind and elevate each song to their full potential. If you look at the people he’s worked with [Chris Young, Sam Hunt, Parmalee], you can hear in each hit that he’s the guy that makes your songs stand out.” In a time where country music has struggled to find its identity, Jakobsen shines through, crafting the perfect formula for a song that both modern country fans and traditionalists alike can appreciate. In that, his songwriting prowess shows. Whether it’s through the gut-wrenching “Remember When,” the up-tempo anthem “All Nighter” or the powerful military salute of the harmonica laced “Wake Me Up”, Jakobsen’s songwriting stretches far beyond his years.
“Dylan Jakobsen has a voice reminiscent Brantley Gilbert and songwriting sensibilities that recall everything from simple-but-effective country storytelling to classic rock acts such as Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen (two of his influences) at their grandest. (The Boot, 2016)
A deep, rich voice with gritty undertones manages to go even further beyond the studio. Those who have witnessed the bearded Seattle native live, can testify to the energy and raw emotion he pours onto the stage every night. Melodic harmonica solos top a rock driven rhythm and only add to the dynamic performers finesse making him a show you don’t want to miss.
“In a region where country performers are rare, Dylan stands out with his strong country rock music and performances.” (The Hot Seat, 2015)
Even with all that’s been accomplished thus far, Country wasn’t something born into Jakobsen’s bloodline. Being raised in a small suburb outside of Seattle largely known for its world-renowned coffee and prolific grunge era, Dylan, by no surprise, never saw himself growing up to be a country singer. “I was a kid with the dream to go out there and play the big stage but in a whole other world.”
When Dylan picked up the guitar at only 8 years old, he didn’t know much about music and was merely trying it out as a hobby for him and his dad to learn together. “I fell in love with rock music across the board from Pearl Jam, Bon Jovi and Lynyrd Skynyrd to many of the newer rock artists in the early 2000s I heard in my Dad’s car. When we started playing guitar, I spent all my free time sitting down and learning the songs that I heard on his radio before I got the courage to write my own.” You can hear that influence being portrayed through his music. After a few months of guitar, his passion took form and he hasn’t looked back since.
“With country music having taken a turn for the pop and R&B side of things in recent years, it was refreshing to hear a young guy with so much talent and clear passion for the music.” (For The Country Record, 2015)
He found himself enthralled with the stories and meanings behind the songs and not just the instruments that bring them to life. “The thing that really hit me hard when I first heard Country music is the way every song has a story to tell. Country has this way of connecting with the fans that you just can’t get in any other genre and I love that.” And since that day, Jakobsen has been putting everything he can into crafting his talent and showing the world what he has to offer.
“Nothing’s ever felt more right. I'm just creating the kind of music I love and Country’s [become] a part of me.”
- Sold over 1,000 copies of the debut EP
- Performed at over 175 shows in 2015 including the highly coveted Watershed Music Festival, Taste of Country Festival, Country Thunder, Country Fest, Country Jam, Sunfest Country, Jam in The Valley, The Greeley Stampede & more.
- Toured in support of many of today's country music staples including Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Easton Corbin, Randy Houser, Kelsea Ballerini, Michael Ray, Parmalee & more.
- Featured Artist on Taste Of Country, The Boot, AXS, Huffington Post, and American Songwriter