The long dark winters, frantic harvests and endless gravel roads of northern Alberta have played a huge role in shaping the genuinely honest, shady and desperate characters that find their way into Jake Ian’s wonderfully authentic songs. Ian’s deep respect for the working class and obvious soft spot for the underdog makes its way into countless themes of real life, real love, heartbreak and persistence.
Whether performing alone or with his backing band, its Jake Ian’s intelligent and lyrically focused songwriting that always takes center stage, winning him any number of admirers in Western Canada’s folk and country scene. He has toured and performed in bars, coffee shops, theatres, folk clubs and festivals across Canada and has shared the stage with performers such as Hawksley Workman, Kelly Joe Phelps, Devil Makes Three and Tim Hus.
Ian released his 7th album, “Half A Day Away” on CD, LP and digital platforms in May of 2020 to much critical acclaim. The songs within are lush and dreamlike; Ian walks the production balance-beam skillfully throughout, each song beautifully crafted and executed.
In March of 2021, Ian released his newest collection of songs titled, “Everything Has Holes”, a stripped down solo singer-songwriter effort. A drastic shift from his usual work, the latest album was well received and garnered stellar reviews in Canada, the United States and Europe.