Meet Jacob Daniel

Jacob Daniel
// Vocals & guitar

Following the successful release of his first EP "Wonderfully Made" in 2014, singer- songwriter Jacob Daniel released his 2nd album "Storm This Castle" in the summer of 2016.

Produced by Dove Award-winning producer and musician Daniel Ornellas (Tree 63, Worship Republic) and mixed and engineered by Grammy Award winning engineer Shane Wilson, this album will struck interest from many different listeners in the Christian music community.

“Storm this Castle is the second record that I have had the privilege of producing for Jacob and it has been an amazing experience,” says producer Daniel Ornellas. “Jacob has grown so much as a songwriter in the last few years and I really feel like we have found some amazing aspects of his story coming out in these beautiful songs. If you know Jacob at all you will know he has a heart for the Lord that is deep, bathed in humility and has a character that can only be attributed to this closeness that he has with the Lord.” The album showcases songs that come from the balance of struggle and triumph as Jacob’s father went through his battle with cancer. “There were definitely times in the last few years where we weren't sure if dad was going to make it," Jacob shares. “You start to have these fears and doubts built up in your mind. You know that God is here; you know He is with us, but after a certain amount of time, the walls of fear get built up so high that it can be all that we see. You can certainly start to believe them.” Jacob stated that a specific verse in the gospel of Matthew was a great reminder of where we place our hope and trust. “Matthew 7:25 states that anything we build in this life that is not founded on the word of God will certainly fall. He is the only foundation that we can build on. Storm This Castle is a cry out to God to tear down any walls that we build up that are not built on Him.”

Ornellas goes on to say, “This group of songs will move you in so many ways. On one hand the celebration of being alive and found by a massive loving God of Grace and on the other hand walking through the reality of a narrow path in a fallen world makes for a rich collection of songs. I hope you will dig into his material and discover the gold that is buried in the lovely melodies and sounds.” Jacob's latest release came in June of 2020 with the studio single, "Your Word Has Power". This song is rich is the promises of God's Word and the message that God's Word is living and active; more powerful than anything we can imagine. 

A Pierre, SD native, Jacob has performed concert dates around the region, including the Lifelight and Hills Alive music festivals. In 2015, he was named the Hills Alive Talent Search winner at the festival. He has opened for the likes of Bonray, Geoff Moore, Austin French, David Dunn, Sidewalk Prophets, Micah Tyler and Michael W. Smith. When not performing and writing music, Jacob is fulfilling his calling as a husband to his wife Chezarae and father of two, Elsie and Isaiah. Jacob is the Director of Youth and College ministries at Zion Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD as well as their worship leader.

Meet the Band

Mark VandeBraak

// keys

Bill Shoup

// lead guitar

Jared Berg

// bass

Joe Beck

// drums

Dr. Mark and Jacob have been playing and leading worship together since 2008 at various churches in Sioux Falls. He has worked at Avera Behavioral Health for almost 30 years as a Board Certified Music Therapist and Fellow in Thanatology. He released one solo album titled "Sweet Dreams." Mark and his wife Cathy have two kids, Rebecca and Seth who are both in college. 

Bill and Jacob have had a relationship for a long time as Jacob is Bill's nephew. He considers himself very lucky to have performed on guitar, bass, and/or drums with many fine musicians in bands across South Dakota and Minnesota. Bill has been the Information Services Manager for Bedford Industries in Worthington, MN since 1988.  He and his wife Joyce have two daughters Sarah and Chloe.

Jared and Jacob were introduced through Joe a little over a year ago. Jared has been "filling the low end" on bass for worship teams and other bands since he was in high school. Jared is a HS English teacher at Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls and also helps with the worship team at Central Church. He and his wife Mandy have three boys named Asher, Jonah, and Micah.

Joe and Jacob have been playing together since 2015. In high school, Joe and a couple of his friends formed a band called The Spill Canvas. They went on tour nationally and internationally for 8 years, releasing 5 full-length albums with 3 Top 40 hits along the way. Joe is currently a Plant Manager at Raven Aerostar. He and his wife Molly have two children, McKenzie and Amos. 

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