Jake Simpson recently starred in Oprah’s Where Are They Now? Season 2 with Marion Jones and Candace Bushnell on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Broadcast weekly since April 2013. Simpson twice (2003 and 2004) won the top honors in the Adult Singer category on CBS’s Star Search with his powerful high tenor voice and three-octave range.
Growing up in Crocker, Missouri, making music has been one of the most important driving forces in Jake’s life. His sound has been influenced by Stevie Wonder, Steve Perry, Donny Hathaway and the classic style of Sam Cooke.
Jake has recorded, written and performed with a multitude of artists including Grammy Award-winning songwriter Desmond Child, American Idol finalists David Archuleta, Syesha Mercado and Grammy Award-nominee Adam Lambert, NBC’s The Voice finalist Frenchie Davis, Vintage Trouble’s Ty Taylor, pianist Jim Brickman (national tour), Shoshana Bean, Matt Cusson, Grammy Award-nominee Taylor Dayne, Grammy Award-winner Paula Cole and most famously on The Oprah Winfrey Show with the legendary Stevie Wonder.
Simpson has produced and recorded two albums including the holiday themed Star of Wonder and the prophetically entitled My Song which garnered positive reviews and radio airplay throughout the U.S. and Europe. Critics raved about his “blue-eyed soul” and his “Amen- inducing” rendition of O Come All Ye Faithful.
Over the past few years, Jake starred in the Roll & Roll revue entitled Arena: Born To Rock performing weekly at Rolling Stone Los Angeles in Hollywood, performed “Jake Simpson Live!” every Sunday “in residence” at The Grove in Los Angeles, and participated in numerous charitable concerts to raise money and awareness for person’s living with HIV, the homeless and other disadvantaged people.
Recently, Mr. Simpson opened for his idols Earth, Wind & Fire at “The Hollywood Christmas at The Grove” which was Broadcast on NBC, was featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams on Christmas Day, performed with Tony Award-winner Jennifer Holliday at the prestigious Rainbow Room in NYC, and sold out his New Year’s Eve 2015 concert at the Hilton-Universal City in Los Angeles.
He is currently in the studio writing new songs for his forthcoming album.