Born on march 29 1985. Jake was born with cerebral palsy, limiting the use of his legs. He was always determined to never let that bring him down, so he lived a very active life as a young kid and participated in every sport he could. He played wheelchair basketball, and was the inspiration to start a baseball league for children with special needs.
Jake comes from a family that has a long line of professional cowboys. He grew up in the rodeo scene and wanted to ride calves at a very young age. He was the only cowboy that couldn’t walk and was an instant hit. Soon he was sponsored to ride all over the west coast and made a lot of buzz in the media. There were newspaper articles and magazine write ups on him, he gained a lot of respect and inspired a lot of people at a very young age. He did this until he was 13 years old.
Sometime during his adolescence he discovered music. He was 15 when he first started playing guitar, and caught on very quickly. He was 17 when he formed his first reggae/rock band FUBAR. Together this band accomplished a lot. They played in many different festivals, and opened up for many great bands like Passafire, Ballyhoo, Opio, Isreal Vibrations, Mike Pinto, Rebelution and many more. They won the Monterey Battle of the Bands in 2007 and a Swagg Award for best reggae album in 2010. Things didn't work out for FUBAR, they parted ways in 2010, but Jake stayed busy playing with many local talented musicians and attending Pro Jams while recording his first solo album "Jake Nielsen's Triple Threat" with is music mentors Chris Weinress and Derrick (D'Mar) Martin which is available on Itunes. Generating a lot of attention for his live performance, with so much energy and funk you have to get out of your seat and dance! With this album Jake played all over California, opened for big names such as Elvin Bishop, Roy Rogers and Travis Warren of Blind Melon. And also making his international debut in Canada, Also his song 'Drinkn Blues' was featured in a short film called Bondi Blues with Dan Aykroyd.
These days Jake is touring with Kyle Talty on drums and Dave Palmer on bass, two of his oldest jamming buddies. Together these three have accomplished many great things! And also bringing back his reggae roots between the funk and blues! But the style they have never changes, its always an 'In your face' style, guaranteed to make you get up and dance! Working with Kyle and Dave, they have opened for big names such as Collie Buddz, Shwayze, The Holdup, Indigenous and Papa Mali. They have also headlined festivals, have made appearances on T.V, magazine and newspaper articles and radio shows, and have many monthly show dates at big name clubs in the Bay Area.
*Triple Threats new album #DoWork is now available on all major music distribution sites!*
Jake has been featured on the radio, tv shows, newspapers and magazine articles for his music, but also for being an inspiration to people. guaranteed you will hear more from him!