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Jesse Ruben: Not Just Another Boy With A Guitar

Posted on: May 3, 2011

24-year old Jesse Ruben  sure has been working hard to break into the music business! The sad part is he is still left without a record label, publicist, or booking agent!

Jesse was born and raised in Philly as a part of a musical family.  His father and grandfather were professional musicians and performed at weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, corporate events and other events in Philadelphia. Not wanting to follow directly in the footsteps of his father, Ruben decided to take piano lessons instead of guitar. “I had told myself I couldn’t play guitar because that was my dad’s instrument. Then I realized how stupid that was.” Well, it’s a good thing he came to this realization (ladies- see video below and you’ll know exactly what I am talking about) because by age 16 he was writing songs with guitar in hand. He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston and by the time he graduated he was on the road every weekend performing.

Ruben’s voice is so clear, passionate, and soulful- there is no way you can’t like it! Most of his songs are about the ups and downs of relationships in your twenties, which couldn’t be more fitting for him and his audience. In my first listen of some of Ruben’s music I have to admit, I thought the lyrics were a little obvious, but after more listens I think this is exactly what makes the songs what they are and showcases who he is. He speaks from the heart and is completely honest with his words, which is fitting to the title of his debut album Aiming For Honesty, released in 2008. He released his second album, The Ones That Matter, in April of 2010, adding a full-band accompaniment to the mix. My favorites on this album are “A Lack of Armor”, “Bleecker & 6th”, “Unbreakable” and “Too Tired”. “Too Tired” is different from any other track he has, with a more jazzy feeling.

Everyone definitely check out Jesse Ruben!

Jesse Ruben’s Website

Jesse Ruben’s YouTube Page

Check out his acoustic version of Unbreakable below:

And thanks wife for the recommendation!

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