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Jacob Collier

Jacob Collier

Recognised by audiences, critics and fellow musicians alike as one of the most gifted young artists of modern times, 28-year-old Jacob Collier already boasts a seemingly endless list of achievements including five Grammy wins – which saw him become the first British act in history to win four Grammys for each of his first four albums – along with 11 Grammy nominations including Album of the Year in 2021.

As a result, his roster of collaborators is astoundingly varied and vibrant. Jacob’s voice has been featured on recent songs from UK music icons like Coldplay and Stormzy, to American R&B superstars such as SZA, Kehlani, and Alicia Keys. He even helped Oscar-winner Hans Zimmer score the recent Boss Baby films. In his own projects, Collier has worked with an unpredictable cast of artistic powerhouses, from Malian singer Oumou Sangaré to John MayerT-PainTy Dolla $ign, Daniel CaesarTori Kelly and Mahalia (to name a few)Each artist has sought out Collier’s distinct musical identity, cementing his status as the conduit for a generation’s ineffable creativity. 

He has left such a mark on the artistic landscape already that Collier has been profiled by VOGUE, the New York TimesHarpers Bazaar and on the cover of The Guardian’s culture supplement, has recorded two NPR Tiny Desks, has spoken at the world-renowned TED conference, and has performed on TV shows including the BBC’s Later with Jools HollandThe Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Exploding onto the global stage with the viral success of his multi-frame, multi-instrumental YouTube covers, Collier caught the attention of Quincy Jones and under his mentorship released his debut album, In My Room, in 2016. Recorded, produced and played entirely by Collier, In My Room heralded the arrival of a staggering musical mind. An ensuing one-man-band international tour saw Collier developing an innovative live show where he played and layered 12 instruments to recreate the world of In My Room onstage.

 Djesse has been a natural progression from the one-man process of In My Room, expanding to include collaborators from all over the world. What has been defined as a four-album epic, the resulting volumes of Djesse have delivered on Collier’s ambitious promise, featuring an incredible array of artistic peers, and musical themes that encompass everything from orchestral composition to folk songwriting, R&B, rap and pop.

While on his 2019 Djesse world tour, Collier experienced one such moment of surprise that would go on to shape his final volume in the series. In San Francisco, he decided to lead his audience in an acapella singalong, conducting them to create new chords in the process. It was a spontaneous, enlivening moment that swiftly became a key ritual throughout his encores on his 2022 Djesse world tour. Videos of audiences from different cities have gone viral and been shared among millions of people across the globe.

Ultimately, although Collier has already achieved more than most artists could hope for in a lifetime, he is still restlessly creative. Alongside the upcoming release of Djesse Vol 4, he has plans for future projects centered on solo piano, orchestras and film scoring, while he has written for a forthcoming West End musical on the life of opera singer Luciano Pavarotti. With such an ineffable and unpredictable career to date, the only certainty is that Collier will continue to surprise and delight, no matter which avenue he explores next.