Jake Thistle

Musician, Singer, Songwriter

Based in New Jersey, singer/songwriter Jake Thistle has been entertaining audiences for years.

Jake, now 20, has been hired to perform in Europe and across the US, and for crowds of thousands at major music events. His first studio single, Ghosted Road, garnered the Best Americana Song of 2022 Award from Indie Boulevard Magazine, and The Jersey Sound recently ranked Jake's Brooklyn Can Wait as a top 50 song of all time with a NJ connection, alongside major artists like Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Whitney Houston and Frank Sinatra. The Hollywood Sentinel had this to say about Thistle's original, The Dreamer: "JAKE has it all. The looks, the voice, the talent, and even a great song here...be prepared to be blown away."

Jake has been featured on CBS News, Variety, Billboard, American Songwriter Magazine, BBC Radio, The Record, WCBS FM, NYC's Q104.3 FM, Norman's Rare Guitars, All Guitar Network, and a wide range of other news outlets. And already in his young career, Jake has played with legends like Ron Blair and Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Jim Keltner (Traveling Wilburys, Bob Dylan), Earl Slick (David Bowie/John Lennon), Jon Herington (Steely Dan), Mark Whitfield (Sting), Tony Garnier (Bob Dylan), GE Smith, Jesse Malin, Low Cut Connie, Carmen Vandeberg (Jeff Beck), John Hiatt, Anton Fig (Warren Zevon), Severo (The Smithereens), Alex and Roy Orbison Jr, Chris Stills, Jeff Slate (Rolling Stone), Willie Nile, Lou Pallo (Les Paul), Eddie Brigati (Rascals), Johnny Farina (Santo and Johnny), and many, many other great musicians. Jake has been on bills with the likes of Jackson Browne, Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder, Roger McGuinn, Steve Earle, Tom Morello, The Lumineers, Wilco, among other Hall Of Famers. Along the way, Jake has picked the musical brains of rock royalty, such as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Steve Winwood and many other influential artists. 

Moreover, Jake has personally raised hundreds of thousands for a variety of charitable organizations through an extensive range of fundraising performances, and has contributed music to events that raised millions. In recognition of those efforts, Jake was recently named an official artist for WhyHunger's Artists Against Hunger and Poverty, alongside legends like Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Brandi Carlisle and Carlos Santana. He was also honored with a special service award from the American Cancer Society for his significant contributions to the cause through his music.

In addition to his nationally-acclaimed debut demo album, Down The Line, Jake recently released his latest album, The Half Left Out-- check it out here! 

What People are Saying

“With his thoughtful, introspective lyrics and controlled stage presence, Jake Thistle is poised to lead the much-needed revival of classic ‘70s singer/songwriters... Thistle’s music oozes an authenticity and depth that should make modern folk legends like Jason Isbell and Jeff Tweedy smile. His vocals, delivered with sincerity and just the right amount of rasp, recall early Jackson Browne, John Hiatt, Steve Forbert and Tom Petty.” -American Songwriter magazine

"Jake Thistle in going to be a big star, right down the line...he's awesome-- he can play the guitar, he can play the piano, he can sing, he can write. This guy is AWESOME, I'd like to be there just to see him." -Scott Shannon, Legendary Hall Of Fame DJ/Broadcaster

"With a performance like that, you KNOW Jake Thistle is destined for great things..." -Q104.3 FM NYC

"Jake Thistle is a star of the future, today. His stage presence, vocal abilities, and superb guitar and keyboard skills put him in league with the best in the business....Jake has carved a path for himself as a true road warrior; a musician worthy of your attention, and one to keep an eye on, for sure." -Jeff Slate, songwriter/Music journalist (Rolling Stone, Esquire, and other major publications)

"Just incredible-- everyone was blown away by what they were seeing...The young star is a fixture...." -CBS News feature

"We have had hundreds of musical guests on the show and Jake is one of our top 3 performers! He's talented beyond his years and we'll continue to have him on as one of our most beloved entertainers!" -Scott Stanford, Emmy-winner and Host of the Suki and Scott Show

"...Jake is extremely seasoned and no doubt taking the lead; front and center stage is a comfortable place for him. Jake is a shining star with a super star future. I'm looking forward to any opportunity to book him again!" -Rockin Robin Promotions

...Everything he does is exceptional. Thoughtful and well prepared, with a willingness to assist every other performer on a bill, Jake has earned his reputation as a stand up, go to guy whose polished skills exceed his years. And his music, it’s amazing! This is a young man on a deserved fast track straight ahead!"  -Tim Cabrey, Founder of Asbury Sunset Presents

"His talent is simply astonishing...he consistently blows the roof off the joint every time... Extremely humble, mature, knowledgeable and absolutely gifted; it’s comforting to know that someone like Jake can carry the torch into the next era!" -Howie Chaz, Event organizer

"Jake Thistle is much more than a fresh face on the music scene. I have been running Music venues for over 20 years and a truly new addition only comes along in a blue moon. Jake is definitely "backlit" by a great big Blue Moon. Make the time to find and listen to Jake. He is only beginning to show us what he can do." -Larry Cerrone, Music professional/promoter

“Right away I saw the professionalism in this young talented musician... It has been an honor and a privilege watching Jake develop into a true professional and above all, he is the nicest young man I have had the pleasure of getting to know.” -Lou Pallo, legendary guitarist and member of Les Paul’s Trio

"Jake Thistle is a star on the horizon. He has SO much passion for the music he sings, and besides that he is a great, and kind person. He's gonna be the best one day!! From my Heart."  -Jon Scott, author of Tom Petty and Me (and the man Tom credited with launching the Heartbreakers)