“With everything that is happening in our world right now, it is a crazy time. But I think it’s the slowdown that the world didn’t know it needed. And right now, there are a lot of people that are in need, so when you see a need, do what you can to meet a need. In this time of isolation, use it to grow closer to those that are around you and aim to grow into being a better person than you were before this started.”
– Garrett Jacobs on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Garrett Jacobs is jamming his way into the entertainment industry, and he’s shining bright. In fact, he’s been premiered exclusively on CMT, debuting at #5 on their countdown. He was beyond humbled and excited to see himself on the big screen as well as being added to their Artist Discovery Program.
“I remember watching music videos on CMT, so to see my first ever music video on there and to know that it was broadcasted on their network to a bunch of country music fans that don’t know who I am, it was a surreal moment. I was really excited!” He shared. “My manager actually has a video somewhere of me watching the video for the first time. I had no idea it was finished but she called me into a meeting and when I saw it, I couldn’t even believe it was me on the screen. It was everything I thought it would be and more and I was honestly blown away by it. Quinton and his entire team (Jon, Richard and Jake) were all amazing and I am so thankful that we got to work with them!”
Could you imagine how it must have felt to watch your dreams unfold right in front of your eyes?
Despite the success, it takes a lot of hard work and determination.
Especially when you’re putting yourself out there to the world. He opened up to Positive Celeb about the most challenging part of his creative process.
“Being hypercritical of yourself. Being a creative and putting your heart on paper that turns into melodies, which eventually turns into lyrics but then possibly doubting if the idea was even good or if your experience with something was worth writing about. But the way I overcome that is just by sitting back and letting the music happen without trying to force my own
criticism in the moment of creating.”
With that in mind, we can’t forget the fun parts of the creative process, but according to Jacobs sometimes it just pulls itself together all while having fun.
“I think that the funniest part of the creative process is the process itself. In Nashville, this is what most of us do for a living but even the songwriters with countless #1 songs’, have all said, they don’t know what they’re doing. I find it funny in a sense that we are all just creating, no direction, no rule book. It’s not like your typical job, there’s something special about being
able to get to go through the creative process and call it a job.”
From his musical tone, to his persona, Garrett Jacobs is the whole package. He’s the type of person who pops on a conference call with energy, and gratefulness.
That’s part of what makes him such a great musician, he’s always evolving and learning.
“As a musician I feel the part of me that’s evolved the most is my songwriting. Mainly because 2 years ago, I had never written a song. But after releasing my debut single “The Healing” in 2019, which I co-wrote, everyone kept telling me stories about how they could relate to it so I was really excited that I was able to do that and connect with people on a new level. And if I am able to do that, I’m doing something right.”
Then came his hit “Just Like You,” a song that makes you hit repeat on a date night. Most importantly, that was his goal to begin with, a song that you can jam to with “your kind of perfect” partner.
“I want my fans to be able to have fun with this song and turn it up and jam out on their good days, but also for the girls that are fans of mine, I want them to know that there’s a guy somewhere out there looking for a girl that is just like them and that they don’t have to try to be something that they’re not. Beauty is more than skin deep and I really hope that message will resonate with at least one person that hears this song.”
Above all, Garret Jacobs uses his talent and platform to send messages of love, healing, understanding and humbleness.
“In my everyday life, I make it a point to truly engage with people, whether it’s my waitress at a restaurant or someone in an elevator. So with my platform I make it a priority to engage with people as well. During my 30 min set’s on stage, during my meet and greets and on social media. Outside of my music, I hope that by valuing people in person and on social media, it inspires everyone to also value in person interactions.”
Isn’t it true that appreciating the time of others is one of the best gifts you can give?
Sure, you can get a picture with a celebrity but what’s better than a personal conversation which leaves an imprint on both lives. It’s far more meaningful, especially because time is one thing we don’t get back in life.
Further, you can make it a point to help others who are trying their hardest to follow their dreams. Otherwise it would be a “disservice,” he shared.
“It’s important to inspire others as an artist because as an artist, we are constantly inspired and it would be a disservice to just keep it to ourselves. Because at the end of the day, the the purpose of us being here is to be a light and make this world a better place.”
As mentioned, we see nothing less than success and inspiration radiating from Garrett Jacobs. And he’s feeling those same vibes, sharing where he hopes to be in 5-years.
“I know that when I set out to pursue this dream, I’m not out here playing small ball. So, within the next 5 years, I know that my songs will get on radio, I know that I’ll get on a nation-wide tour and I know that I’ll continue to make music. The cool part of it all is that I don’t know exactly when it will happen, if it will happen in year 2 or year 5 from now and I don’t know what else will happen in between that isn’t currently on my radar but that is the thrill of it all.”
Fortunately, it won’t be a surprise when he lands that world tour. But what if he could share the stage with one person right now?
“Probably Chris Stapleton. Even though I know that he would sing circles around me, I think it would be cool to perform with him one day.”
Maybe cliche, but everyone wants to know what an artists dream tour would look like, and every musician has one.
“My dream tour would be Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett, John Mayer, Justin Timberlake and Shawn Mendes. It would never happen but it would be amazing!”
And in the words of Justin Bieber, “Never Say Never.”
Jacobs and Positive Celeb played a quick game of 4 facts and 1 lie, unfortunately, we’re not sure which one is the lie?
On 4 facts and 1 lie:
1. I’m 6’2
2. When I was 17 (also known as seventeen) I listened to JT on the radio.
3. We wrote “Just Like You” in 24 minutes.
4. My favorite sport to play right now is Golf.
5. Ashley Gorely (one of the best songwriters of all time) busted my lip when we were playing basketball. Hopefully “knocked” a #1 into me.