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|1. I'm Alright||Jake Miller||Single||Pop||3:24|
|2. What I Wouldn't Give||Jake Miller||Single||Pop||3:02|
Tell us about your first concert experience:
My first concert experience was when I was 8 years old and my parents took my (younger) sister and I to an N'Sync concert. During the entire concert I was mesmerized by Justin Timberlake's dance moves. The next day, I convinced my parents to sign me up for hip-hop classes.
If you couldn't be a musician, what would you be doing instead?
That's a scary thought - I couldn't imagine myself doing anything else. Plus the word "can't" isn't in my vocabulary when it comes to music and my goals and dreams as an artist.
If you could collaborate with one artist, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Drake for sure. Drake is on repeat on my iPod whether I'm in my car, at the gym or in my bed trying to fall asleep. I've seen him in concert and he was such an amazing entertainer. His music, his attitude, and the way he handles himself inspires me.
If you became President, what is the first action you would take?
I would lower the voting age to 16. There are so many issues that 16 & 17 year olds aren't allowed to vote for (by law) yet they are issues that will define their future. It is important for the voices of the future to be heard!
What social cause is closest to your heart?
The bullying and discrimination needs to end! People look at the differences instead of the commonalities that bind us together. We are all here for the same reason - to live, to love, to be healthy, to be happy, and to succeed. We should all have the chance to do that, and that's not possible if people aren't treated equally and fairly by others.
What does the right to vote mean to you?
This November will be the first time that I am able to vote and I am so excited for my voice to finally be heard.
What bands or artists did you listen to when you were in high school? And which bands or artists influenced your style the most?
When it comes to music, I have been all over the road. I have gone through so many stages listening to so many different genres of music. Ultimately, I think my music is a combination of hip-hop, pop, classic rock, and alternative rock, inspired by such diverse artists like Biggie Smalls, Chris Brown, The Beatles, John Mayer, etc.
What activity or group were you involved with in high school that might surprise people today?
Ultimate Frisbee Club! When it comes to Frisbee, you don't want to mess with me... seriously!!
What's the biggest obstacle that you had to overcome in high school? (could be personal or academic)
The biggest obstacle I had to overcome was balancing my music, while maintaining good grades, holding a steady job, and keeping an active social life. I think I did pretty good though.
Do you do any volunteer or community work when you're not on tour?
I did a lot of volunteering while I was in high school. I coached a flag football team, volunteered at a hospital, was active in my youth group and taught both intellectual and physically disabled children how to play baseball. Since graduating high school last year, I performed at the Think Pink Rocks Concert to benefit breast cancer awareness, and I performed at Middle Schools and High Schools promoting the importance of education. Also, a local burger restaurant named a burger after me, "The Jake Miller Burger," and part of the proceeds benefit the Make a Wish Foundation.
What change would you like to see in our society in the next year?
I would love to see more young people focus on the word: Difference. Make a difference in the world by getting more involved in your communities! Embrace the differences (and similarities) that make each and every person unique and stop the bullying!