The Five Question Challenge with Paul McDonald

Paul McDonald Bright Lights

By: Jacob Elyachar, Jake’s Take is proud to welcome Paul McDonald! For 10 years, Paul toured and played original music around the country with his bands, Hightide Blues and the Grand Magnolias. Looking for his big break, Paul auditioned for the tenth season of American Idol and impressed judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and […]

New Music Releases: Week of November 3, 2014

Motion Calvin Harris

By: Jacob Elyachar, I have a lot of ground to cover for this week’s edition of New Music Releases! So let’s get things started!   Motion by Calvin Harris Scottish DJ and record producer Calvin Harris continues to be one of the hottest EDM artists on the planet! His beats for his fourth studio […]

New Music Releases: Week of October 27, 2014 (The Albums Edition)

Taylor Swift 1989

By: Jacob Elyachar, It is time for another edition of New Music Releases: The Albums Edition As I went across the music world for this edition, I chose artists who were either at the top of their game or working on a potential rebirth. So without further ado, here are the reviews: 1989 by […]

A Conversation with Michelle Chamuel

Michelle Chamuel interview

By: Jacob Elyachar, It is a true pleasure and honor to welcome singer-songwriter Michelle Chamuel to Jake’s Take. Many hardcore music aficionados might recognize her from her time fronting the seven-piece Michigan rock band, Ella Riot. After spending nearly a decade touring the United States, the band dissolved and Michelle reinvented herself as a […]

New Music Releases: Week of October 19, 2014

Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics

By: Jacob Elyachar, Music royalty took over this week’s New Music Releases! From the Queen of Soul and one of America’s greatest songwriters to an English rocker and the Queen of California Rock, this week’s new tunes will inspire listeners to think and get up and dance.   Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva […]

Team Adam faces off in night three of Battle Rounds

Adam Levine The Voice Season Seven

By: Jacob Elyachar, Welcome to another week of Battles! Before we get to the recap, here is where our teams stand: Team Adam: Chris Jamison, Alessandra Castronovo & Rebekah Samarin Team Blake: James David Carter, Grant Ganzer, Tanner Linford & Griffin (stolen from Team Pharrell) Team Gwen: Sugar Joans, Taylor John Williams, Troy Ritchie […]

Jake’s Take: Best Albums of 2014-Part Three

Pentatonix unleashes three new original songs and four unbelieveable covers! (Album cover property of RCA Records)

By: Jacob Elyachar, If you had not had the chance to read part two of my countdown, click here: This is it! Today, you will learn which artists and groups made the top spots in this year’s Best Albums countdown! 5. “V” by Maroon 5 I love seeing my favorite bands grow as […]

Jake’s Take: Best Albums of 2014-Part Two

Sam Smith In the Lonely Hour

By: Jacob Elyachar, If you have not had the chance to read part one of my countdown, click here: The British are coming! The British are coming! Part two of my Best Albums of 2014 feature some of the best artists that England has ever produced! In addition, a legend revives the Great […]

New Music Releases: Week of October 14, 2014

Sweet Talker Jessie J album

By: Jacob Elyachar, This week’s New Music Releases features Top 40 superstars, two Voice alums, two Broadway stars and one impeccable rising soul man!   Sweet Talker by Jessie J The last time Jessie J released a full-length studio album stateside was her debut album in 2011. Three years later, the former Voice UK […]

Jake’s Take: Best Albums of 2014-Part One

Shakira self-titled album 2014

By: Jacob Elyachar, This year, hundreds of albums dropped! I have the pleasure of reviewing a bulk of them and it was very difficult to determine which artists or groups made this countdown. I hope that this week’s three-part column will showcase a diverse group of artists representing multiple genres of music. Without further […]

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