A Bit About Jake 
 
Jake wrote his first song, Loverbird, at 8, produced his first album [Sympathy] at 12, and is now 15, and is about to release his 7th single. His second album, [Hard Work], was released on Dec 19, 2020 and his third studio album, Elimination and Creation, was released on 7 March 2022. He has written, played, sung and produced all of the tracks and is looking for the opportunity to play/sing on the big stage.  Please follow the links on this page to his social media, and like, follow and subscribe.

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New Single  
This Christmas Day

Over the past couple of months Jake has been working towards his new single, and what better than a Christmas-themed track. The single was released on 16 November, 2022. This track is Jake's best produced so far and features his sister Claudia sharing lead vocals.

We hope you are all as excited as we are for the release of this new single and please show your support by listening to Jake's music and sharing it with friends. Please go to the 'Shop' tab above to order a download, or go to any of the links above and have a listen/watch a video, and spread the Christmas cheer.

Click on image to purchase Jake's previous single

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Jake's single, Everytime, feels like a perfect blend of contemporary indie (Think “Real Estate” or “Francis Moon”) as well as classic artists such as “Electric Light Orchestra” or some of Paul McCartney’s best solo work. However, Jake manages to develop a distinctive, personal sound that’s hard to tie into specific categories. I am a big fan of artists that make it difficult to put a finger on them, and in this case, I appreciate the original vision that drives Jake’s music. His new Single, 'Everytime' was released on June 24, on most of the music platforms, including Spotify. It is also be available to download from his website - Andrew, Laserlife

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Jake officially released his third studio album, Elimination and Creation, on March 7, 2022. It is available on most major streaming platforms, and the physical cd can be purchased by clicking the 'shop' tag above, OR by clicking the album cover (to the left) for $12.50 + p&h ($5 with-in Australia).

Review of Elimination and Creation by Gerard Lewis-Fitzgerald

It is obvious from listening to Jake Hanney's third musical offering, "Elimination and Creation" that once again the young Drouin multi-instrumentalist songwriter is maturing even more in his craft. 

Jake has drawn from his artist's palette of the popular music which delights him, the distinctive influences of which are difficult to dismiss. The result is a generous helping of catchy, original songs, with certain tracks radiating a recognisable feel, notably of ABBA (in the romantic synth-lavish "Your Best Shot") and The Beatles' earlier period with "I'll Always Love You", (in which the boy asks for mutual commitment from his girl).

 

A good few of Jake's songs explore themes of courtly love, waning romance and sad partings, particularly in "Is This The End?", another ABBA-influenced ballad, featuring the strong vocals of Sage Roadknight, as well as in the heart-rending track, "Bethany”. The harmonising backing vocals on several of the album's tracks are sung beautifully by Jake's younger sister Claudia.

Commendably, with album number three, Jake has delved into a variety of themes. For example, "2031" is a song suggestive of the pacy, incisive quirkiness of Ron and Russell Mael of Sparks, and which maintains optimistically that, by a decade from now, we'll have overcome the worst of our current disorder. 

 

There is also "Fifteen Minutes of Fame", a more realistic and sobering perspective on the fickle and transient nature of popularity.

 

Jake teams up with his good friend from the big smoke, Saxon Jenkins, on track 10 ("No Clue") where the guys' distinct voices constitute a most enjoyable and interesting blend. 

 

And what a gem is the short 1:13-min. instrumental track 8, "The Monkey Song"!  It's somehow suggestive of something Cat Stevens might have toyed with in his "Mona Bone Jakon" album period (1970).  Its build-up and wind-down, different textures are so engaging that one finds oneself bewailing the teasing brevity of the thing. Where's the full song? What are you doing, Jake Hanney?  Don't let it stop there! 

In terms of musical ingredients, an increasingly adventurous Jake has made admirable and bold use of chord variations, tempo, dynamics, melody and counterpoint, surprising linkages, nifty key changes and mature guitar solo lines, as well as adding the garnishing touches of xylophone, woodwind and - wait for it - sitar!

 

Jake has produced a finely constructed collection of songs, well worth listening to.

 

At 15 years of age, Jake has come a long way from his first album, “Sympathy”, released in 2019, at the age of 12. This young man is going to go places.