My Story

As a young singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Aspen Jacobsen aspires to emotionally touch people through her lyrics and soulful voice. Her music has been described as Folk-pop, Alternative Country and Americana. 

 Aspen's love for performing began at an early age. Aside from music, Aspen has wide range of performance experience from professional theatre, opera, TV and competitive dance. Aspen’s music career started at 9 years old, busking for tips with her little red ukulele. She earned enough money to purchase her first guitar and began writing her own music. After performing at Wheatland Music Festival’s open mic, Aspen was awarded a scholarship to study traditional Folk music. Through their continued support, she has learned flatpicking guitar and mandolin. She also plays a little slide guitar, fiddle, bass and piano. Aside from performing her original music, Aspen has played with the Hawk's and Owls String Band and spent several years as lead vocalist/bassist for a rock band. 

Aspen has played major music festivals in Michigan including Arts Beats and Eats, Wheatland Music Festival, Earthworks Harvest Gathering and the Buttermilk Jamboree. She has also been an opener at Michigan's premier listening rooms like The Ark, 20 Front Street, Trinity House and the Grand Rapids Listening Room. In 2019, Aspen was featured in the Radio DJ Showcase at the Folk Alliance Region Midwest annual conference. 

Aspen released her self-titled debut album in October 2018. Her second album, 'Love Each Other Right' was released in November 2019. In 2020, two songs from that second album were finalists in several prominent songwriting competitions. The song "Georgia Boy" was one of five nominees in the Independent Music Awards; Alternative Country Best Song Category as well as a finalist in the Female Vocalist Category for Blues & Roots Radio's Song Contest. Additionally, the song “Delicate Butterfly” was a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition's Teen Category.

Aspen is releasing four new songs in 2021: Shouldn't Give a Damn, Damned Dynasty, Dear Brother, and Monday Mourning. Like her last album release of 'Love Each Other Right,' "Shouldn't Give a Damn" deals with relationships. However, the three other new songs relate to the social issues God and religious wars, autism and mental health, and gun violence.

Aspen was awarded a scholarship to attend the Singer-Songwriter program at the Interlochen Arts Academy, one of the most prestigious boarding fine arts high schools in the United States.  Aspen is a 17-year-old senior this school year and is now applying to universities to study guitar and singing-songwriting.

 

Scholarships

Aspen has been the proud recipient of several music scholarships. 

  • Interlochen Arts Academy high school to attend the Singer-Songwriter program
  •  DIY Musician Accelerator Program, organized by CD Baby and The Slants Foundation in spring of 2020 
  • Great Lakes Music Camp to attend guitar, mandolin, fiddle and songwriting workshops in 2018 & 2019 
  • Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) to attend their conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan in October 2018.   
  • Northern Michigan Songwriters in the Round to support traditional music lessons from April to June 2018 
  • Wheatland Music Organization’s Elyce Fishman Scholarship Fund to support Delta style slide guitar, flatpicked guitar, mandolin with traditional music from January 2018 to 2020.