Jacob Collier is recognized as one of the world’s most distinctive, inventive and prodigious young musicians. Based in London, UK, Jacob has been inspired by many sounds – his music combines elements of Jazz, A cappella, Groove, Folk, Trip-hop, Classical music, Brazilian music, Gospel, Soul and Improvisation (to name a few), which culminate to create the world of "Jacob Collier."
Jacob grew up in a family of musicians, and has honed his musical ideas from a very young age. He has embraced the world of the Internet to share his uniquely creative talent, becoming best known for creating his trademark multi-faceted YouTube videos from his music room at home, wherein he sings all the parts, plays all the instruments, and visualises every component with a mosaic of screens. Since his first YouTube upload in December 2011, Jacob’s online social channels have garnered over 150K international followers and more than 7.5 million YouTube views. With viral hits such as his rendition of the Stevie Wonder classic, “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing,” Collier has gained a global following, and some of his greatest fans among the elite Jazz community include Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Steve Vai and Take 6, to name a few.
Jacob has spent the last year collaborating with Ben Bloomberg at the MIT Media Lab in Boston, designing and building a groundbreaking solo live performance vehicle, which brings his one-man, multi-instrumental, multi-visual format of music making to the stage in a way that has never been seen or heard before. Jacob recently debuted this show at the Montreux Jazz Festival, opening for Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea. The Guardian heralded Collier as “jazz music’s new messiah” after witnessing the pre-debut run at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London and Jazzwise magazine named him “The Future of Music.”
Collier is concurrently working on commissioned arrangements for high-calibre orchestras and bands around the world, traveling to give Masterclasses at various schools and universities, and collaborating with many different musicians, including being featured on Snarky Puppy's Family Dinner Vol. 2 and collaborating with Take 6. Jacob was also involved in Beats by Dre’s Ruby World Cup “The Game Starts Here” television and online campaign, where Jacob arranged and recorded “Jerusalem” as the soundtrack for their spot. The video on YouTube has garnered over 7.5 million views.
Most recently, Jacob released his third single, "Saviour", on June 1st from his debut album In My Room after his successful launch of two previous singles “Flintstones” and “Hideaway”. The album is set to be out on July 1st, 2016 and in preparation for its launch, he plans to be releasing 2 more subsequent singles and videos on the first of each month; June 1st, and July 1st.
Grammy award winner and Original member of the internationally acclaimed Snarky Puppy, Bill Laurance released his debut album FLINT in 2014 going straight to No1 in the iTunes Jazz Charts and receiving international critical acclaim. His second album SWIFT is released on GroundUP music in Spring 2015.
Classically trained, Bill has worked as a professional musician since he was 14, touring internationally as a pianist, keyboard player, composer, producer and arranger, recording and or performing with artists including: David Crosby, Morcheeba, Salif Keita, Bobby McFerrin, Susana Baca, Lalah Hathaway, Laura Mvula, Jacob Collier, Musiq Soul Child, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke, Carlos Malta, Miss Dynamite and The Metropole Orchestra.
He has worked extensively in the dance world with companies including Alvin Ailey, Ballet Rambert, Matthew Bourne’s Adventures in Motion Pictures, Phoenix Dance, Northern Ballet Theatre and the English National Ballet.
Bill runs his own music production company Twenty Thousand specialising in music for film, TV and commercials. Recent clients include Apple Mac, Sky Broadband, Nokia, De Beers, Hewlett Packard and Rigby & Peller.
Bill is a specialist lecturer at the Institute of Contemporary Music in London and continues to give clinics at music institutions around the world.