Producer Songwriter Pro Tools Master Touring Keyboard Player multi-inst, and vocalist. I am known for my ears and song sense. Having toured and recorded with Billy Joel, Foreigner, Julian Lennon, Lou Gramm All Stars, Heather Headley Twista SugarBlue PhilRamone DanKorchmar LauraBrannigan,etc.Very Few producers can match my skill and experience.
Jeff Jacobs, world famous keyboard player, has produced, written, played on and recorded thousands of music tracks both in the pop rock world and in commercial music. Played keyboards on Billy Joel number one singles "We Didn't Start The Fire" and "River Of Dreams" as well as hit records "I Go To Extremes" and "Shameless". Truly the Piano Man's Piano Man appears in 2022 Major Film release of Billy Joel "Live At Yankee Stadium". A Member of the band Foreigner for 17 years from 1991-2008; touring member of the Julian Lennon band; MD for Australian Artist Tina Arena, Currently touring as a member of the Lou Gramm All Stars, As a songwriter, Jeff shares pop writing credits with the likes of Mick Jones and Lou Gramm (Foreigner) and Jim Peterik (Survivor), and holds authorship to hundreds of commercial and industrial works. Now working out of his Dallas Big Dog Bites recording studio his Pro Tools chops are first rate and his multi-instrumental talents serve to streamline the process. Add a unique vocal ability, Jeff is the one-stop-shop for producers and songwriters seeking professionally viable tracks.
"Placing a premium on client satisfaction, I will go to great lengths to see that it is attained" generous with revisions to a fault, tracks all but come with a lifetime warrantee.
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- Billy Joel
- Julian Lennon
- Lou Gramm
- Heather Headley
- Laura Brannigan
- Tina Arena
- Sugar Blue
- Twista (Get Money Gang/EMI Records)
- Phil Ramone (Producer)
- Dan Korchmar
- Shamika Copeland
- Wayne Baker Brooks
- House of Blues
- Grayson Hugh
- Jeff Jacobs
- Matt Morris
- Mick Jones
- Kim McFarland
- Charlie Sexton
- Buddy Wedington
- Mark Rivera
- Eddie Vedder
- Rick Danko
- Randall Hall
- Carl Weathersby
- Billy Branch
- Joanna Conner
- Otis Clay
- Pete Special
- Cathy Richardson
- Gerald McClendo
- Miles Nelson
- Gerald McClendon
- Larry McCray
- Pinetop Perkins
- David "Honeyboy" Edwards
- Crystal Talieferro
- Don Henley
- Paul Simon
- Paul Rogers
- Simon Kirk
- Slash (Guns n Roses)
- Marshall Crenshaw
- Lou Ann Barton
- Tad Robinson
- Joe Louis Walker
- Donald Kinsey
- Jim Peterick
- Brooke Allison
- Swizzle Tree
- Julie Frost
- Greyson Hugh
108 Reviews - 21 Repeat ClientsEndorse Jeff Jacobs
Quick response and turn-around!
Jeff is a great producer with years of experience and a great ear. Easy to work with and very professional.
In fact, we're still working together but I will say Jeff has gone beyond all expectations. On our initial meet, his vibe was instantaneous ~ very cool, very chill, super talented. Since, we've had several revisions and he just keeps getting better. Can I give 6 stars??
Awesome to work with Jeff! He brings professional musicianship to the production and is really great at producing a fluid, dynamic realistic sounding drum track. And he’ll go the extra mile for you!
I absolutely love working with Jeff! Of the many many projects I've asked for his help on, his nails it 100% of the time. A true pro!
My first project with Jeff has been a total success! He was professional throughout the process and enjoyable. He knows when to incorporate ideas into the mix, and when not to. Jeff nailed the song, and I am already planning additional projects with him!
Jeff, you are just AMAZING!! Thank you for all your hard work, I really appreciate it. I love all the soundtracks. I will definitely work with you again; you have been AMAZING!!! Thank you.
Jeff completed my project brilliantly.! I would highly recommend him !
Outstanding job!!! Great guy to work with. He was very professional and real. I would work with him again. Thank you so much.
It has been a pleasure to work with Jeff, he got my idea since the first time I explained and the quality is fantastic, also to mention that the delivery was fast. Thanks Jeff!
Awesome job, quick turn around, gave me lots of options, great price. What more could you ask for?
PHENOMENAL JOB! I could not recommend hiring Jeff enough!!! He completely understood the assignment and worked diligently with me to achieve my vision. He was very patient, professional, and kind in and outside of the studio. I love that he did not hold back on his creative ideas. 10/10 experience.
Jeff is an excellent producer and musician! He’s great at creating the specific vibe I was striving for on this particular song (70s Americana rock). And he went above and beyond by providing a more contemporary mix consistent with today’s music. Jeff’s exceptionally talented!
Industry legend! Knows his stuff and also provides guidance for up and coming bands. Excited to continue working with Jeff for more!
Great communication and fast delivery of high quality tracks.
I can recommend Jeff and would be happy to work with him again.
A pleasure to work with.
Jeff took a rough demo of my song, and did a great job producing, as promised-- mixing and mastering, with vocal and instrumental mixes. He worked quickly, and then also was responsive to my feedback and incorporated my ideas for revision. His voice has gotten compliments from those who have listened to my song so far. Grateful for his musical talents, and glad he recorded my song.
Totally pro player and producer! I love working with Jeff.
Jeff was super professional and easy to work with despite multiple revisions and experimentation to get this long song completed. The keyboard parts fit perfectly and fill out the mix in a way that only a true professional could accomplish. Stellar ear for production and a great sounding board for ideas and out of the box solutions. I will be back for more collaboration. Thank you Jeff!
Jeff was a wonder to work with. Being that my idea for my song was a bit on the more complicated side, Jeff knew how to help me with it. If you want experience and guidance from a professional, work with Jeff.
Interview with Jeff Jacobs
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: yes Scott Gilman is a top saxophone player as well as guitar and vocals, but his sax skill are top pro with much resume
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I Wrote, produced and recorded a song for Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago during their campaign to raise 600 million dollars for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. The song is called "In A Moment" it was sung by world famous singer and actress Heather Headley and is available on I Tunes.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Obviously there were advantages to using 2 inch tape and recording on the big English analog consoles, but through many years of experience and having been there during the analog days I have no trouble making digital sound analog.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That they will be able to proudly play their track for anyone, on any sound system and it will stand up to songs you hear on the radio.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The satisfaction that comes from helping a songwriter realize their potential.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Does my song suck? answer, no sometimes the performance or recording of a song may lack in many ways but very seldom is a song just plain bad.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That because of my resume and history that I can make someone famous, or provide a pathway to being a full time Artist or musician. The drive and persistence that it takes for these things can only come from the artist or writer themselves.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are your goals as far as using this track. Personal? trying to get a record deal? or simply trying to get a point or idea across is the best possible way.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Take the plunge, trust me with your song and I will provide you with a track that you will love to play for everyone for years to come. To me this is the most rewarding part of what I do. When a client realizes that they really are a great songwriter.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A shovel, My laptop, a power generator, a midi keyboard and a couple of kick ass speakers. probably wouldn't need headphones
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I am a graduate of Indiana University and after playing in a semi famous top forty band called KILO, for five years from 1983-1988 I moved to NYC where I soon had a gig with artist Grayson Hugh, from there I became a member of Billy Joels band from 1988-1992, A member of Foreigner from 1991-2008, somewhere in there I did hundreds of studio sessions for many different artists (see all music credits), toured with Julian Lennon as well as serving as Musical director for Australian Artist Tina Arena and most recently pop artist Matt Morris.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Radio ready tracks that are vibe heavy and never too complex as to hide the song.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Freddie Mercury, if I had to name one, there are actually thousands, but to me some of the Queen songs and vocal performances are second to none.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Yes, stay out of the way of the song and the artist. And when a lyric is involved remember, the listener is hearing the song for the first time, make sure the vocals are well loud enough as it is easy once you are familiar with a track to let the vocal sink into the mix because the producer or engineer has heard it sometimes hundreds of times and knows the lyric intuitively.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I have worked on everything from Hard Rock to Blues, R&B to country, latin, jazz, dance music, you name it. My level of experience in the commercial music world has had me involved with just about every style of music you can imagine.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Aside from my keyboard and piano/organ playing skills, my forte as a producer is that I am a songwriter and artist myself and am always striving to bring out the unique qualities that a song or artists may posses. All of my artists or songwriting clients wind up with a product that sounds like them, not me.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Years of experience playing and writing with some of the masters of the craft. I witness Billy Joel writing the albums Stormfront and River Of Dreams from start to finish. I also have co-written songs with giants Mick Jones and Lou Gramm of Foreigner, as well as several chart topping songs with Survivor and Ides Of March founder Jim Peterik. Peterik actually quotes me in his published book "Songwriting For Dummies".
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I listen to the song demo sent to me, I then begin to imagine how the tempo and groove could provide the proper support for the song and Lyric. I will never let the production overshadow the song. Simple is always best as far as song production is concerned.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My setup is simple, I Run a Pro Tools system which is currently at 11.3, I try to stay updated while still remaining functional, these days you can upgrade past the point of practicality.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: My Employers and mentors have been Billy Joel, Mick Jones (of Foreigner), Phil Ramone, just to name a few. Musically I am inspired by a wide range of artists from Jimi Hendrix to the Beatles to Los Lobos. I also have a soft spot for Carrie Underwood and country artists of substance.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I work with a number of Singer/songwriters that will send a rough recording of a song they have written, no matter how rough I encourage them to send it to me in whatever shape they have. I have the ability to hear the song and produce a recording of it that the Client can feel good about playing for anyone, and I mean anyone. To me a demo is a record. My ProTools expertise and abilities as a multi instrumentalist make it easy for me to turn a song around in a couple of days rather than weeks or months. My clients always return for more as the feedback that they recieve from their piers is what they live for. On occasion I can send songs that I feel strongly about to my aquantances in the music industry to be considered for use and or licensing in a commercial setting.