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Musical genius and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier joins us today for part one of a two-part conversation. In 2011, when Jacob was only 17, he began posting videos to YouTube of himself singing and playing music. His break-out video, a rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing” received millions of views and praise from musical legends like Herbie Hancock, David Crosby, and Quincy Jones.

Since then, he’s gone on to release five albums, including his 2016 self-produced debut In My Room, and this year’s Piano Ballads, an 11-track album of  improvised piano pieces he played at various shows during a recent tour.

On today’s episode, Bruce Headlam speaks to Jacob Collier about making his latest live album, his creative process, and his musical admiration for Stevie Wonder. Jacob also plays piano throughout the two episodes, and breaks down advanced musical concepts.

You can listen to a playlist of some of our favorite Jacob Collier songs HERE.

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