[Just Your Average Kid]
Story by Jon Bennett
Photography provided by M. Schleif Photography
Born and raised in Eagan, Minn., Jack Yakowicz is the middle child of Pete and Susie. His mom is a writer and started Jack and his siblings, Evan and Sallie, writing at a young age to keep their brains sharp on summer vacation from school. Jack remembers from a young age the power that words can have and how they can impact people as his mom encouraged him to keep growing his communication skills. He has spent years tweaking his communication skills and continues to keep an open mind and always improving himself.
The Love Of Music Discovered
Finding Jack’s Groove
At the start, he was know as J.Y.A.K. and his first mixed tape was titled “Just Your Average Kid”, a reflection of Jack, your typical down to earth, kind-hearted guy. The great reception of his first mixed tape helped to calm his nerves and built his confidence as a new artist. During his high school years, eight more mixed tapes were released with people loving Jack and the music he created. He recalls having the privilege of preforming shows while attending Concordia College and the excitement of opening for Hoodie Allen at Concordia’s Comstock and opening for the spring Jam Fest at the U of M.
Post College Life
Where Can You Find Jack Yackowics Original Music?
While writing sometimes for himself, to better understand the world, his music has also helped others find their way. Nostalgia is a driving factor while he writes and discovers his sense of lyrics, some would say he’s an “old soul”. Even though is music is public and loved by many, he considers himself shy. He uses his music to help himself thru various situations in life and one of his mantras is "nervous energy means growth is happening. When I view it from that light, it brings me more peace to know that I'm growing as a human by being thrown into situations that take me out of my comfort zone. Still, performing is less meditative and helpful for me than writing and even than recording. If I could do without any part of the music process, though, it would be self-promotion. Horribly awkward to do.”
In 2020, Jack found himself diving back into music and creating more work that can be found on Spotify and Apple Music under the pen name of Jackson with three new albums in the 2020 calendar year. The theme of these albums reflect his current life with his girlfriend Rylee, times he share with his family and friends and current events of the world. Jack is your typical down to earth guy who puts much time into his family and friends while giving back whenever and wherever he can.
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