Award-winning teen singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Aspen Jacobsen has a natural gift for connecting with her audience through her introspective lyrics and emotive voice. Aspen’s original work is a modern twist on Americana and Folk music. Her passion for artistic expression through performance has led her to multiple art disciplines, including professional theatre, opera, and competitive dance.
In addition to performing as a solo singer-songwriter, Aspen’s musical versatility has been showcased as a member of old-time string and rock bands. Aspen currently attends Interlochen Arts Academy as a singer-songwriter major where she explores jazz improvisation, the music industry, and backing up musicians of all different genres.
She aspires to make folk music more palatable to younger audiences while continuing to carry on the tradition of writing music of the people, for the people.
Her new single, Shouldn’t Give a Damn, was recorded at OmniSound Studios in Nashville with Chief Engineer Rory Rositas.
“When I write a song, I start with a feeling—my main goal is to have a strong emotional exchange with the audience through my music,” shares Jacobsen. Her empathic nature and thought-provoking lyrics with a flair for many time-honored roots music traditions. This Michigan-based artist found her purpose at just 9 years of age, while busking for tips with a little red ukulele. Since then, she has earned awards and scholarships and has performed at a variety of well-respected venues and festivals such as, Arts Beats and Eats; Wheatland Music Festival; Earthworks Harvest Gathering; Ann Arbor Summer Festival; and the Buttermilk Jamboree.
“I first heard old time music at my first music festival, and I immediately connected with the music and the community. There was so much love and acceptance there,” she recalls. “I soon realized that this is what I want to do with the rest of my life.”
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Aspen tells stories like a country artist, and speaks her mind like a folk musician. Her personal and progressive original songs recall the approach of Joni Mitchell, and Ani DiFranco—two artists steeped in music history but not bound to it. To date, Aspen has gained recognition and nominations from such prominent songwriting competitions as the Independent Music Awards; Alternative Country Best Song Category; Blues & Roots Radio’s Song Contest; and International Songwriting Competition’s Teen Category. Aspen was awarded a scholarship to attend the Singer-Songwriter program at the Interlochen Arts Academy, one of the most prestigious boarding fine arts high schools in the United States. Most recently, Aspen has the distinction of being one of six singer-songwriter finalists in the YoungArts 2022 program, a competition which receives more than 7000 applications per year. She also holds sponsorships with Fishman, Reunion Blues gig bags and instrument cases, and Shubb Capos.
Aspen says: “But I know who I am, and I know what path I’m on. Every time I perform, I pour out my heart and soul and I feel my purpose.” We look forward to following her musical journey, as we know it will be a successful one!
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