With his infectious melodies and a serenading live delivery, it’s not hard to see why he has become so successful. Born December 30th, 1980 in Orange Country, California, Jacob Jones better known as iakopo would grow to become one of the most recognized and accomplished names in the Pop/Reggae genre with chart topping hits such as: Break Free, Love like this, One forever, I Believe and his latest release “Supernatural” which has been creating waves both on the local and international scene.
Growing up in circumstances that most would find daunting if not hopeless, he was raised by village members in Samoa where he had little schooling. He recalls that “We all helped each other out and we would sometimes spend out nights talking underneath the moonlight, when I look back now I can see how truly blessed I am”. He found the soul of his music in a place where all the people had was love and each other to live for.
He began his musical journey by performing in local night clubs in Apia Samoa while still in high school on the weekends where he would perform the top reggae music songs at that time. His musical influences range from John Lennon, Ub40 Oasis and the King of Reggae Bob Marley. Straight out of graduating from Pesega Church College of Western Samoa iakopo went out to pursue his musical career. With his first recognized single “Let Your Light Shine” he was quickly picked up by Universal Japan where things exploded for the young star. He has worked with artiste such as Richie Loop, Gramps Morgan, Jah Cure, Don Corleon and Dada Son entertainment to name a few. With his latest release “Supernatural” produced by Gramps Morgan (Dada Son Entertainment) things are quickly expanding for this young prodigy and his future looks promising.
Let Your Light Shine (2006)
Born To Win (2008)
4 Singles compilation release ‘808 Maui’, produced by Universal Music Japan
Bounce Universal music Japan
My Everything Sony music japan
Love Like This
When I See You Smile