New Member: Danny Jacob
By Etan Rosenbloom • October 3, 2016
If you’ve got kids (or are one!), chances are you’re familiar with the work of new ASCAP composer Danny Jacob. For nearly a decade, Jacob has cranked up the fun on the Disney Channel’s megahit animated series Phineas and Ferb with his composing, song production and guitar playing. He’s earned three Emmy nominations in the process, and his expert production on Disney’s Sofia the First was also “instrumental” in the 2014 Daytime Emmy victory for its main title song.
Jacob’s music for animated TV involves a kaleidoscope of styles, from rock, pop and R&B to classical scoring. His mastery of multiple idioms comes from his many years of playing guitar for some of the industry’s biggest touring acts - including Tower of Power, Chaka Khan, George Michael, Bette Midler and more. Jacob’s six-string prowess brought him in contact with Hans Zimmer, who worked with him on the 2000 feature Road to El Dorado; soon after, he worked with John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams on Shrek. Jacob’s songs and themes continue to air on the Disney Channel’s Lilo and Stitch, The Emperor’s New School, Kim Possible, Sonny with a Chance, and Warner Bros.’ Jackie Chan Adventures.
Asked why he decided to join ASCAP, Jacob says “Attending my first Screen Music Awards, it really felt like a celebration of musicians, composers and songwriters. As an artist who likes jumping from orchestral, to guitar, to groove-based music, the team at ASCAP gives me a feeling that I am being nurtured as an artist. I look forward to a long a fruitful relationship with ASCAP.”