Fresh off the record breaking “Wrecking Ball Tour” as saxophonist with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Jake Clemons recently completed a Fall 2013 tour with his own band and is ready to break through with a fresh rock and roll legacy of his own. The multi-talented singer, songwriter, saxophonist and guitarist is the nephew of the late legendary E Street saxophonist Clarence (“The Big Man”) Clemons, and will continue to tour throughout 2014. Clemons released Embracing Light, his debut EP and highly anticipated breakthrough as a solo artist on December 3, 2013.
Embracing Light was produced by Jake Clemons with three songs co-produced by Brian Million (You Must Be Crazy, Song For Hope and Without). The EP was recorded at MSR Studios (New York City), Clay Garden Studios ( Norfolk , Virginia) and Soul Haven Studios ( Virginia Beach , Virginia) and features five powerful original tracks.
Opening the set with the horn drenched Song For Hope, Clemons explores different aspects of his rich artistry with the spirited, easy jangling You Must Be Crazy, the hypnotic, high energy rocker Without and the soulful and bluesy reflection on Embracing Light. Clemons finishes the EP with Carry Me Through, which features him playing both guitar and saxophone, rounding out the collection with an intimate acoustic confession.
In addition to Million’s guitar, the EP features performances by Brett Mayer (piano, organ, backing vocals), Matt Musty (drums, backing vocals), Jason Crowgey (bass, backing vocals), Ryan Gleason (bass), Jake Hull (guitar) and Michael Westbrook (pedal steel, acoustic and electric guitar on the title track).
Clemons performed a number of solo dates this fall in support of the EP’s first single You Must Be Crazy, including a solo tour of six East Coast dates followed by six opening sets throughout the Midwest for Robert Randolph & The Family Band and dates in Minneapolis and Chicago with Garland Jeffreys.
Prior to this, he followed in his uncle’s formidable footsteps, joining the horn section in Springsteen’s E Street band as a way to carry on the Clemons legacy on The Boss’ tour in support of Wrecking Ball.
This is a dynamic debut. Clemons literally hits the ground running with five choice songs which clearly reflect the influence of his life around Springsteen. Clemons has definitely shown that his musical legacy is alive and well, and shows promise of a very successful career. I would call Embracing Light one of the finest debuts of 2013.
The son of a Marine Corps band director, Jake studied jazz performance at the Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts and has shared the stage with a multitude of incredible artists including The Swell Season, The Roots and Eddie Vedder. “I need to be where I engage people,” says the constantly performing artist. “That’s where I flourish.”