Combining nostalgic indie/folk elements with acoustic, singer/songwriter nuances, GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter/producer, Rich Jacques, pens a gentle and reflective love letter to friendships strengthened through the pandemic in his single, “Montecito.” He further shares the inspiration behind this spacious and gentle free-flowing soundscape,
At the beginning of the pandemic, in 2020, I had an unrelated health scare and decided to move out of Los Angeles. My dear friends, Renee and Paul, invited me to come and live with them and their family while I created a lot of new habits and got back to health. It was a life-changing expeirence. Their generosity, support, and friendship were truly humbling.
Montecito really is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and now has a whole new meaning to me. I wrote this song with the amazing Scott Effman about the experience.
This is my love letter to Renee, Paul, Meelie, RAB, and Montecito.
By adopting shifting roles, from producer to songwriter to guitarist to artist, Rich Jacques has built up an envious set of skills which in turn have led to work with a host of notable musicians and creating music for all manner of media projects. He is known for being a member of the 80s-infused alt-pop band, “Right The Stars,” which has attained three critically and commercially well-received albums and more recently can be found as one-half of the songwriting/production team that is “Aalta.” He has worked with everyone from Lisa Loeb to Men at Work‘s Colin Hay and has had his music featured in shows as iconic at Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, and The Vampire Diaries.
His latest project is as a solo singer/songwriter and is driven from a very personal place. For someone who understands the art of big, instantaneous, and infectious music, Rich Jacques is the sound of an artist using only a few core components – guitar, voice, and only a few additional musical details – to create wonderfully emotive, spacious, and drifting music. that feels like an intimate conversation with an old friend. It is wonderfully beguiling, warm, and honest in its understated charm.
Rich’s brand of music is quiet and introspective – minimalism with a cinematic feel – and “Montecito” is no diversion from that brand. Waves of soft guitar melodies ground the soundscape, carrying with them, a familiar comfort that gives listeners a sense of affectionate ease. Tender vocals carry the soft-spoken words of the love letter that are abundant with pleasant imagery of seascapes and paradise. There’s a uniquely effortless energy that draws listeners to a place that feels the way Montecito feels to Rich – recognizable, known, and like home.