Photo by Michelle Zhang

Photo by Michelle Zhang

(See credentials under the "Reverse Timeline" section at the bottom.)

quotes

"Rob's songs are simultaneously catchy enough to feel like your favorite songs and innovative enough to startle you each time you hear them."
Emma Blackman (songwriter, a collaborator and friend of Rob's)

"Rob never ceases to surprise, or move in a new direction. He is as dynamic as the world around him."
Grover Neville (musician, composer, and a friend of Rob's)

Bio

Rob Jamner is a songwriter and poet from Louisville, KY, based in Berkeley, CA. He offers a refreshing take on alternative rock, infusing jazz harmonies with catchy, soaring melodies. In his lyrics -- whether sharing a personal experience or creating a cast of characters -- Rob explores the depths of his hopes and anxieties, emerging with a glimmer of optimism.

Story

Rob Jamner grew up in a quiet Kentucky neighborhood, a small creek following a one-lane road though hills of oak, walnut, and pine trees. As a child he brought stacks of books home from the library. Hungry to learn about whatever caught his interest in the world, he swam through facts about dinosaurs, skyscrapers, butterflies, weather patterns, whales, and airplanes. He spent many weekends content in the solitude of his room, sitting beside the window, embarking on adventures in fantasy worlds. Soon he was writing stories of his own.

Midway through high school Rob began to look up from his books. He wanted to connect with people, but he did not know how to begin. "Well, I can write a song, but I have trouble finding words when I'm with you," he confessed in one of his first songs. As it turned out, songwriting gave him the words that he needed: setting his truth to music and performing it at talent shows, he found a way to let down his guard. 

Over the past five years Rob has developed into a dynamic songwriter and performer. He approaches songwriting with the same passion as the kid who carried a stack of books home from the library. He has immersed himself in the strong melodies of alternative rock, the rich harmonies of late Romantic Era music and lyrical jazz, and the candid storytelling of American folk. Bringing these influences together and always trying to learn something new, Rob has written an eclectic collection of songs. On stage he is confident and experienced, but it is his openness and sincerity that pull us in. He connects directly to the listener. He is with us.

Reverse timeline

Rob Jamner currently lives in the Bay Area, CA, practicing and performing his music as he prepares to record his first full-length record. On September 1, 2015, Rob independently released Lost in the Clouds, a home-grown EP featuring five original songs. In the spring of 2016, Rob studied music with the New York Arts Program.

As a creative writing major at Oberlin College, Rob performed at Slow Train Café and the Cat in the Cream, organizing a series of shows where he and other songwriters share the stage and accompany each other. He also performed in Oberlin Folk Fest 2015 and on "Live from Studio B" WOBC. He co-founded Oberlin Songwriters in 2014, hosting songwriting workshops and organizing a songwriting showcase featuring nineteen performers. During the fall semester of 2015 he performed in Oberlin and around Cleveland while teaching a songwriting workshop class.

Rob got his start playing solo shows at the Bard’s Town in his hometown of Louisville, KY. In 2011 he performed at the Kentucky State Fair as a prizewinner in the Young Adult Project Songwriting Contest. His 2014 arts residency at Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School in Louisville culminated in a collaborative performance of his original music, featuring voice and dance students.

Rob's poetry and prose have been included in The Plum Creek Review, Oberlin College’s longest-running literary magazine, and in LEO Weekly’s annual literary contest. His short play, “The Silver Spatula,” was selected as part of Actor’s Theatre of Louisville’s New Voices Festival.

Rob's creative pursuits have included summer training at Governor’s School for the Arts in 2011 (creative writing), Summer@Brown in 2012 (poetry), and Berklee College of Music in 2013 and 2014 (songwriting).