“I want to take the opportunity to recommend Michael Jacobs as a guest performer for your campus. We had Michael last spring, and we were thrilled by his concert. He combines the skills of a stellar musician with a voice that captures the heart and soul of the Native Americans he writes about in his songs. Using both the guitar and the flute, he kept the students and faculty spell-bound with haunting melodies that spoke of both the triumphs and the tragedies of life. We enjoyed Michael so much. I hope you will consider having him as a guest as well; you will be glad you did." Dr. Bob Hanley - Vice President, Student Development, Anderson University
“Michael Jacobs is an unforgettable treasure, a must-see!” Judy Sturgis Hill - Associate Director, Campus Life Diversity Programs, Eastern Michigan University
“Michael is a consummate performer and his music is incredibly awesome. He is multi-talented and we got to sample a variety of his talents, including his witty sense of humor. We were all sorry when the evening ended… We will definitely bring him back to campus again.” Cindy Peterson - Director, American Indian Student Services, Augsburg College
“Dear Michael, Thank you for coming to WKU and presenting an incredible musical performance! Everyone loved the show.” Dr. Kate Hudepohl – Professor of Cultural & Biological Anthropology , Western Kentucky University
“Dear Michael: Thanks so much for your wonderful performance at Vincennes University during our Fall Family Weekend. It was truly an enjoyable evening of music and magic. You have a great sense of humor that really adds to your show and gives you a great presence on stage. Thank you for sharing your wonderful songs, music, and words with us.” Cynthia Beals – Student Activities Director, Vincennes University
“Michael, It was a pleasure having you at Mercyhurst. I felt so inspired by your music. The students agree that you were one of the best artists we’ve had come to Mercyhurst and we look forward to inviting you to come back and perform again.” Pertrina Mererro – Director, Marion Shane Multicultural Center, Mercyhurst College
"Michael Jacobs delivered a powerful musical performance in which he deftly blended humor and storytelling. We were profoundly moved by his celebration of diversity, and I don't think anyone who attended his show will soon forget his passion or his message." Jeri Suarez - Associate Dean of Cultural & Community Engagement, Hollins University
In most artist's careers there comes a turning point, a seminal defining moment, in their body of work. The Art Of Peace may be that moment for me.
I'm proud of each of my CDs, but this one captures the best of what I can do - at least my best so far. Its artful and passionate expression of what I feel and believe makes me proud of it like I've been of no other.
My deepest thanks to Daniel Dennis and the other great musicians who contributed to this recording. You should be proud of your work. I know I am.
Listen to the songs and let us know what you think. And, if you like it, if it speaks to you, then get it here or on iTunes or one of the other download services.
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Introducing The Art Of Peace! Powerful roots rock, pop, and folk, with Native American influences. With personal songs of love and loss to commentary on social issues and our shared humanity, this CD is very entertaining yet insightful. Also three-time 2012 ISMA winner and two-time Nammy nominee!
What people are saying...
About "They Come Dancing," JPoet of Native Peoples magazine writes, “Michael Jacobs has a big, raspy voice, one that often draws comparisons to Don Henley and he sings with an understated power that gives every lyric the ring of truth. There isn't a weak song on the album, and many sound like potential standards. Its power and polish lay the groundwork for other artists looking for ways to combine Native tradition and popular music without diminishing the power of either form.”
"Michael, we received your CDs for the Native Voices Radio program on WAIF-FM 88.3 in Cincinnati, OH. We received CDs from several musicians and put all of them in the CD player to see which ones "jumped out" at us. When "They Come Dancing" came on, we both stood up to find out which musician and song it was. It is a great song! It is a fantastic upbeat fusion of contemporary pow-wow and rock. And we really enjoy the others as well. You're an excellent musician!" Alice Huffman - Producer, Randy Huffman - Host: www.nativevoicesradio.net
"'Siyo, Michael! The last time my hair stood on end was when I heard Ulali on the Smoke Signals soundtrack. "They Come Dancing" just did it for me again :-) My missus featured your CD on her website." John Steup - past president, CD Baby http://cdbaby.com/
2003 Native American Music Award (Nammy) – Best Independent Recording: Sacred Nation
2004 Nammy nomination - Best Independent Recording: They Come Dancing
2006 Indian Summer Music Award (ISMA) nomination – Pop category: The Journey
2006 ISMA – Spiritual category: The Journey
2006 Just Plain Folks Awards nomination – Native American category: “Tsiquaya”
2007 Nammy nominations – Best Male Artist / Best Pop Recording: The Journey
2008 ISMA – Classic Rock category and Pop category: Mystery
2010 ISMA nominations – “Beginnings,” “Sweet Water,” “Peace And Freedom,” and “Searching For An Answer”
2011 ISMA nomination: “Medicine Horse” (co-written with Duane Deemer, from his CD Wind Horse)
2012 ISMA – Best Blues Recording: “Everybody Gets The Blues,” Best Folk Recording: “House Of Sand,” Best Spiritual Recording” “Peace”
2012-13 Nammy nominations – Best Pop Recording: The Art Of Peace, and Best Song/Single Of The Year: “God Bless The Whole World”