I write memorable hooks with conversational lyrics. I sing with emotion and accurate pitch. If you need a demo or a final cut, let's talk.
Jacob is a Palestinian-American singer, songwriter, and pianist based in New York City. He has appeared on stage with Gladys Knight, Frank Wildhorn, and many others. Jacob was the headlining act and songwriter for the 2020 production of Pure Imagination at The Tuscany Casino. In addition to numerous residencies in clubs in New York city, Jacob also frequently tours as a solo artist and with his band.
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Interview with Jacob Khalil
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Started off in opera and musical theater, now I write songs and play jazz in New York City. I love what I do. I've been at it for about 3 years now.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Jazz influenced piano pop.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Jacob Collier... Because he never ceases to amaze and inspire me.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Jazz, Soul, Folk, Musical Theater
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I'm honest. I will always give my best, and do more takes until I have given my best.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a simple home studio with a full-size yamaha digital piano/midi controller, a 2020 MacBook Pro, a presonus interface, Bluebird microphone, and a Kaotica Eyeball for sound treatment.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Ben Rector and Cody Fry are some of my favorite songwriters right now. Of course the genius of Max Martin and Ryan Tedder always inspires me as well.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: When hired as a songwriter, I make sure I know what vibe the client is going for. Often, the client will already have a melody or a chord progression in mind. If they don't have that, then they will definitely have a reference track to point toward. When hired to sing on a track, I will receive a rough demo and some lyrics, then I will record a few different takes of the song in order to get the best options.