Jacob Merlin is a fresh new band, with a pure styling of funky, jazzy, pop rock. Have you ever wondered what music would be like if you combined Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, and Radiohead? JM's songs blend these varied influences with personal lyrics and a palpable youthful energy that makes this band's music original. The band's founding member, Jacob Merlin, is a Portland Native who learned to tickle the ivories at the wholesome age of four. Brought up on both classical and jazz standards, Jacob began to develop his music ability in composition, orchestration, and performance throughout his high school years. After graduating, Jacob moved to Nashville and immersed himself in the city's music scene. With a newfound sense of confidence, he returned to Portland to start a band of original funk and rock inspired music. The other Jacob Merlin band members are....... Drummer Joel Herron acquired his chops by playing jazz and rock standards, and in a drum line at college. Joel introduced himself to Jacob at a solo show, and after a couple of garage jam sessions, they both knew they had found a groove upon which to build... Filling out the rhythm section is bass player Eric Mimnaugh. Eric is a fantastic player who has a background in jazz and classical bass and earned his degree in bass performance. With funky slaptastic lines, Eric's driving energy fuels the fire of the group. Michael Suffin, the bands most experienced member, brings a great energy and incredible talent with his saucy electric guitar skills. Schooled in all areas of music, Michael adds a great blend of memorable lead lines and accents to the mix. Brad Schrandt is a well-versed sax player with enormous skill. Sharing in the bands vision, Brad saw the potential of the group and signed on. Adding a touch of jazz and funk as well as occasional coloring with the flute, Brad brings depth and saxyness to JM's catchy tunes. The Jacob Merlin band's stage performance is driving and exhilarating, making it hard not get up, let loose, and dance. At the same time Jacob Merlin's lyrics will make you want to listen intently to what this singer/songwriter has to say.
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