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Award-Winning, Teen Singer-Songwriter and Multi-Instrumentalist, Aspen Jacobsen Releases New Single

The new release by Aspen Jacobsen,"Damned Dynasty", is about the concept of God and how it can be twisted or corrupted. "How does it feel when you're only praised, cause no one wants to be the devil's slave." It was inspired by Aspen’s personal struggles with organized religion and faith.

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. Aspen recently recorded four new original songs in Nashville, the first of which to be released is “Damned Dynasty.” Aspen previously released the album ‘Love Each Other Right’ in November 2019 and her self-titled debut album in October 2018.

“Damned Dynasty” is part of a second recording project with Dominic Davis who not only produced her new songs but also played bass. He is a highly sought out producer and has worked with everyone from Greensky Bluegrass to Willie Nelson. He is best known as the longtime bassist for Jack White. Aspen and Dominic have been working together since meeting several years ago at the Wheatland Music Festival.

This new single was recorded at OmniSound Studios in Nashville with Chief Engineer Rory Rositas. OmniSound Studios has been one of Nashville’s top recording studios for over 35 years. Rory Rositas has worked with multiple gold and platinum musicians. Studio musicians for “Damned Dynasty” include Fred Eltringham (drums), Anthony da Costa (guitar), Dominic Davis (bass), Rachael Davis (background vocals) and Maya de Vitry (background vocals).

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 is currently a high school senior at Interlochen Arts Academy in their singer-songwriter program where she also explores jazz improvisation, learns about the music industry, and enjoys backing up other musicians of multiple genres as a member of the house band.

Aspen's love for performing began at an early age. Aside from music, Aspen has wide range of performance experience from professional theatre, opera, TV and competitive dance. Aspen’s music career started at 9 years old, busking for tips with her little red ukulele. She earned enough money to purchase her first guitar and began writing her own music. After performing at Wheatland Music Festival’s open mic, Aspen was awarded a scholarship to study traditional Folk music. Through their continued support, she has learned flatpicking guitar and mandolin. She also plays a little slide guitar, fiddle, bass and piano. Aside from performing her original music, Aspen has played with the Hawk's and Owls String Band and spent several years as lead vocalist/bassist for a rock band.

Aspen has played major music festivals in Michigan including Arts Beats and Eats, Wheatland Music Festival, Earthworks Harvest Gathering and the Buttermilk Jamboree. She has also been an opener at Michigan's premier listening rooms like The Ark, 20 Front Street, Trinity House and the Grand Rapids Listening Room. In 2019, Aspen was featured in the Radio DJ Showcase at the Folk Alliance Region Midwest annual conference.


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