Jake Austin Walker makes pop songs for feeling. Born in Hickory, Mississippi, the 20-year-old singer-songwriter first brought his Southern town charm with him to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. It wasn’t until he found his rhythm on TV sets that he discovered music was his lifeline when the going gets tough. In a city that grinds people down or tries to fit them into boxes, Jake fights back by being a positive, fearless artist.
Jake’s newest single “Rolling Stones” is a lyrical encapsulation of our coming-of-age stories. It conjures memories of grabbing the change in our pockets, making some mistakes, and dealing with the aftermath later. The residual feelings we have from our teenage years come back with sweeping force.
To remind us of feelings long forgotten is the mission for Jake as an artist. His songs, often delicate and thoughtful, are a long pour of emotions from a crystal pitcher. The lyrics are pulled from an open book and an ever-present heart. Hearing one of Jake’s songs in the middle of a crowd, no matter the setting, is meant to be luminous.
Similar to “Rolling Stones,” Jake’s forthcoming singles “F Love” and “Last Dance” are deeply affecting pop songs that began on guitars. Eventually they build up to an orchestra of emotions as he reflects on past loves and his former self.
Jake finds inspiration in the classic voices. Introduced to Otis Redding, James Brown, and Frank Sinatra by his mother, Jake found vigor and intimacy in how they sung their words. By pulling from older legends, Jake wants to revive what inspired him. What results is contemporary pop music similar to that of Jon Bellion or Mike Posner, made radiant with a realness that channels Sinatra. A modern sound, but old-school candor and conviction.
There’s nothing off-limits for Jake to write about. After realizing that it’s okay to feel “just okay” sometimes, he realized he doesn’t have much to hide and that there’s no feeling in our mixed bag of emotions that can’t be turned into a song. For him, being a musician has been fulfilling in ways that acting is not. When Jake gets his thoughts down into a melody, it is radiant proof that only good things can come of nurturing his artistry.