Oprah surprised the singer on her show with a visit from Stevie Wonder, his idol.
Once you hear singer Jake Simpson sing “Signed Sealed Delivered I’m Yours” you will probably react as Naomi Judd did after hearing him sing that song in 2003 on Star Search, “You make my molecules vibrate at a high frequency -- you're a sonic blast!" she said.
And the audience agreed, Simpson went on to win in the Adult Singer category getting a contract with Sony/Columbia records.
Even Oprah, in one of her favorite moments, had him on her show to sing “Isn’t She Lovely” in a prank that would introduce him to his idol Stevie Wonder, leaving him speechless. It is a heartwarming moment you can relive by watching the video below.
Jake grew up in Crocker, Missouri and his voice, much like the trains that used to run through that town, has a quiet, smooth approach until he blasts his high tenor, three-octave vocals into the audience.
His influence is, of course, Stevie Wonder. But Steve Perry and Donny Hathaway have also given him inspiration.
His list of collaborations is a long one: Grammy Award-winning songwriter Desmond Child, American Idol finalists David Archuleta, Syesha Mercado and Grammy Award-nominee Adam Lambert, Frenchie Davis, Ty Taylor, pianist Jim Brickman (national tour), Shoshana Bean, Matt Cusson, Grammy Award-nominee Taylor Dayne, and more.
With two albums under his belt including “Star of Wonder,” a holiday-themed catalog of soulful covers and seasonal standards, Simpson wowed critics with his rendition of “O Come All Ye Faithful.”
From performing on stage live in Los Angeles every week to appearing alongside Earth Wind and Fire, to Jennifer Holliday at the prestigious Rainbow Room in NYC, Simpson has kept himself busy.
He is also set to star in a reality series for Discovery about classic car collections, one of his favorite hobbies.
If you already know Simpson's work, or want to discover what this talented artist can do, check him out at Martinis Above Fourth in "The Standard" on Thursday, September 28.
Doors open at 6 pm; showtime is 8 pm.
Get your tickets HERE.