Toronto’s Hidden Gem Caleb Jacob Reveals “knock knock”

Calgary-born, Toronto-based emerging artist Caleb Jacob reveals new single “knock knock.”

This song is a taste of life, of artistry and honesty, and what they can’t really hear unless we’re singing it. It’s my new favourite song. Introducing the artist, producer, songwriter, engineer, fashion designer, and human being that is Caleb Jacob. Hailing from Calgary, the 22-year-old artist came to Toronto searching for more, more life, more music, more opportunity to grow. After 5 years in the city, several singles, a debut album and the realities of youth in a worldwide pandemic, he presents to us “knock knock.”

It is more than a song of isolation, of mental health, of love or loss. It is a jazz soaked melody over a genuinely unique hip-hop bass telling you the story of the struggle for personal freedom within an industry of copycats, standards, expectations, within circles of friends who can’t bear humanity, hear problems, because it reminds them too much that they must face their own.

Caleb cites some of his influences as Mac Miller, John Coltrane, Raphael Saadiq, Blood Orange, Isaah Rashid, and J Cole. So it is no surprise his sound is as robust, unique, and tasteful as those that inspire him. 

His soulful, raspy sound coats the track for 2 minutes and 15 seconds, lyrics punching you, reminding you the cautions of being human, of being open, of being a musician in a world like this. Caleb has a vast experience in the industry whether it be producing for artists at Universal Music, songwriting for up and coming indie pop stars or mixing and mastering RIAA Gold Certified artists. He has helped artists generate millions of streams and worked on over 200 projects. He has his hands on and mind on everything music, and it shows on this sublime record. 

“This song is an attempt at what I’m best at. It’s about being an artist and having people come into your life, and realizing that sometimes you can’t let everybody in. There’s this attitude of “Hey you got something that I want man, I like your skill, you got talent, you got a heart, let me eat that shit.” It’s about the cautions of being human and breaking down walls, being open but realizing some can’t even handle that. So I pour it into this music, a place that they can take it in and easily digest, rather than in conversation where they’re forced to face their own words as much as mine”Caleb Jacob.

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