bio // jacob snider
Composer, singer-songwriter, and producer Jacob Snider was named Best New Artist by NPR-affiliate WXPN and his work has been featured on the BBC and KCRW to critical acclaim. In 2015 Snider released his debut album, CARRIER (featuring Armand Hirsch), produced by Tony Berg (Andrew Bird, Blake Mills), praised by Bandcamp chief curator Andrew Jervis as "heartfelt, a little eccentric, folk-leaning pop, marrying crafty production with great songs...a superb debut."
A graduate of Columbia University, Snider studied composition with MacArthur Fellow George Lewis, orchestration with Karl Berger (Ornette Coleman, Jeff Buckley), and piano with Ben Waltzer, playing in various ensembles within the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program. He has shared stages with The Roots, Big Thief, The Civil Wars, RJD2, Matisyahu, Shawn Colvin, Livingston Taylor, Krystle Warren, Shaina Taub, Holly Miranda, Kate Davis, Alan Hampton, Mike Brun, and has performed at the BMI/Billboard Showcase at South by Southwest, The Philadelphia Folk Festival, and Irving Plaza, among others.
2015 marked a year of collaboration with singer-songwriter Nina Shallman, resulting in their co-written single “Never Years Old.” Incorporating thousands of hand drawn images, stop motion photography, and live action, the video for the song was created and art-directed by Angaea Cuna.
In 2016 he co-wrote “Paranoïaque Transcendantal” with French singer-songwriter Olivia Ruiz, whose album Miss Météores charted at number one throughout Europe. The following year, Snider studied orchestration with Carl Johnson and Jon Kull at UCLA, during which Trocadero – written for strings and harp – was recorded at EastWest Studios in Los Angeles.
In 2018, Snider began composing for film and television, which included original scores for TOKEN (dir. Joy Shi), bronze winner at the LA Independent Shorts Awards, MY LIFE WITH BOYS (dir. DaJuan Johnson), and an original performance for IMAGINARY CIRCUMSTANCES (dir. Emma Koenig).
As a producer, he is currently working on upcoming releases from Mike Brun, and Chelsea Sue Allen. He is also collaborating on an album with Jim Fairchild of Modest Mouse. A re-release of his solo debut CARRIER is slated for 2019, comprised entirely of the original album’s instrumentals, featuring string arrangements by Rob Moose (yMusic, Sufjan Stevens).
In 2019, Snider was hand-selected to audition for American Idol on ABC Network, featuring judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie. Out of hundreds of thousands of singers, Snider advanced to the top 98.
The same year, Mostly Modern Festival awarded Snider their top composition scholarship, where he premiered One Cricket Song, written for the American Modern Ensemble (flute, clarinet, harp, violin, viola, and cello). Additionally, American Lapse, his first work for orchestra, was given a reading by the American Modern Orchestra and conducted by Jonathan Kirby.
Snider is currently pursuing an M.M. in Screen Scoring at NYU, studying with composers Mark Suozzo and John Kaefer.
(Photo by Sasha Arutyunova)