Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, singer-songwriter and visual artist Jake Manders, started writing songs and playing guitar when he was 14. To remember them all he recorded them onto a handheld tape cassette player before finally transferring them to his laptop. Today Jake has a collection of more than 200 original songs... In 2009 he started recording for his first full-length album at Slow Studios with Ben Kyle of the alt-country band Romantica. Over the two years it took to complete the album Jake invited many of his friends from the music scene to add their talent to the ongoing project. Some of the songs on the album were written during the two years in which they were recorded while others were written 5, 10 or even 15 years prior. Today Jake stays busy performing shows under his name and also with the alt- bluegrass band "The Pistol Whippin' Party Penguins". On top of writing songs Jake is also a practicing artist and art-teacher. The music and art go hand in hand, each song and each piece of art tell their own story.