Jacob Martin, an American country/rock band known for their catchy songwriting and their energy filled live performances, was created in 2007.
After having played in many bands over the years, singer/songwriter extraordinaire Jacob “Martin” Ronfeldt, from Sioux City, Iowa finally decided to put together his own musical vision after connecting with Swiss born guitarist Marco Kielholz. Though starting out as a rock band, it soon became clear that the true calling and direction of the band, was to mix the best of both Jacob’s country roots with, guitarist and backing vocals, Marco Kielholz’s rock background.
After reconnecting with Jacob’s childhood friend Dave Sieveking on bass & backing vocals, the trio went on to spend two years writing, producing, and recording their debut album “Country in the City.” The album features an incredible array of talent including; Jimmy Olander (Diamond Rio), 70′s icon Cynthia Johnson (Lipps Inc), as well as Nashville veterans like Chad Jeffers (Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood) and Dan Hochalter (Gretchen Wilson) to name a few. Minneapolis born drummer Josh Carlson completed the quartet in 2009 while recording the album.
The band set out to write songs that people could relate to lyrically as well as musically. Their own unique blend of country & rock quickly earned them a faithful following along the Upper Midwest, and led them to appear alongside national acts such as James Otto, Justin Moore, and Jerrod Neimann, as well as high profile shows at Country Fest in Cadott, WI and at the Iowa State Fair.
Singer Jacob Martin’s journey has been nothing short of astounding. Struck by polio in his childhood and battling addictions for many years, he overcame the odds by believing in his God given musical ability and his knack for writing stories that relate to issues people connect with. Jacob Martin’s songs accentuate the positive things in life and take the listener on a journey that touches on faith, love, forgiveness, friendships and family. Aside from being a charismatic performer, Jacob’s sense of humor shines through in songs like “Go on now Git” and “Along Came a Girl”. He recounts his struggle with polio which nearly left him paralyzed in the emotional “Frozen”, and is not afraid to give praise to his Lord & Savior in “God gave me you”.
The single “How ’bout a Ride”, with its heart pounding blend of rock guitars and fiddle, quickly gained the attention of radio stations in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa, and has helped spread the word about the band. After getting noticed by music industry execs in Nashville, the band is currently in the process of relocating to Tennessee where it hopes to further it’s appeal and keep on spreading the word.
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