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Thursday, May 25
Avi was born in a Jewish family in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. His father, an historian, is the author of several books about the Holocaust. Jacob left home in his teen years to live in Boston. He spent the next several years developing skills as a songwriter and performer. While living in Boston, he was involved in the DIY music community The Whitehaus Family Record and released several amateur recordings with them. Jacob moved to Charleston, South Carolina in 2010 and began to focus on his professional career in music by playing small music festivals, and being featured in music blogs and samplers. Avi is a writer of the Diana DeMuth song “All the Liars” released in 2020.
He unofficially released the song Cannonball in 2014 on social media.
In December 2015, he was brought to CMJ by the band Counting Crows who named him the best folk emerging superstar. He opened for Dr John in February 2016.
In March 2016, Avi was featured on A&R Report as an artist to watch.
Avi recorded his EP Surrender with Simone Felice (producer of the Billboard #1 Lumineers album Cleopatra) and members of the Felice Brothers.
In May 2020 Avi released a new album, “Preservation”, via Bandcamp.
Jacob is an independent artist, formerly signed to Skate Mountain Records, and related to Popular Ghost-Folk songwriter Allysen Callery.