Aspiring musician Jake Murdoch “Jakeycakes,” who regularly stays in Greenbank when doing gigs, is making an impressive mark in the music industry at just 11 years old.
The young singer/songwriter plays 13 instruments including 5 types of guitar, the piano, drums, harmonica, tambourine, stompbox, cajon, ukulele and the banjo.
His passion for music began six years ago, when he started singing and playing the drums in a band he formed together with his brother Oliver.
“Two years later I started playing guitar,” he said.
Jake’s style of music – a combination of rock, country and blues – was inspired by the likes of Buddy Holly, Prince, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Status Quo and The Beatles.
Jake plays over 150 song covers from the 1940’s to now and released four original songs, with three more on the way.
“I’ve got an EP coming out on September the 20th with six songs on it,” he said.
Jake regularly busks around south-east Queensland, including Brisbane City, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, and Byron Bay.
The young star decided to use his talent to help other people by donating a portion of the profit from his new EP to Guide Dogs Queensland, helping them train service dogs for people with vision impairment.
“I’m a Youth Ambassador for Guide Dogs Queensland … when I’m busking, I’m going to have a little ‘guide dogs’ thing where I’m going to raise money,” he said.
At the “Rocklea Rocks On” competition in March 2021, Jake took home first place in the “Battle of the Buskers”.
Jakes mother, Nat, said Jake was also selected as the resident busker this year for Ian Dickson’s “Dicko’s Country Spit Roast” at NightQuarter at the Sunshine Coast.
“Jake was busking to all the people entering the venue while they were waiting for the show to start, playing country music,” she said.
Jake was selected to perform at some major music events this year, including the Ekka, the VDMfest Opening Act Competitions Finals, the Gympie Music Muster and Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Most of them were cancelled due to Covid-19 precautions besides the Tamworth event and The Gympie Music Muster, which would go ahead as a “mini muster” instead.
One of Jake’s dreams was to perform at the Wembley stadium in England, following in the footsteps of some of his favorite artists.
Jake hopes to go far with his music career in the future.
“If music doesn’t work out for me, then I’m going to be a pilot,” he said.
“Jakeycakes” original songs are available on Apple Music, Spotify and Soundcloud.
Jake can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jakeycakesmusic
and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/jakeycakesmusic/
Visit “Jakeycakes Music” on YouTube to view the official music videos for “Free Spirited Baby” and “Going Slow.”