Jake Smith began playing guitar at the age of fourteen and started teaching lessons in high school. In 1995 he joined acoustic rock band Rhythm Seed. The band released two EP’s and had a video on Much Music.
In 2001 Smith joined the Jimmy Swift Band and won an ECMA for Best Alternative Rock Band. They played 200 shows a year giving him the experience needed to record and tour as a professional musician.
Jake is now the lead vocalist and guitarist for The Fed Pennies. He has produced two CD’s for the band and directed three videos. The Fed Pennies won Extreme Band Slam in 2006 and had a showcase in Toronto during Canadian Music Week.
On January 28th, 2008 the Fed Pennies played the show of a lifetime when they opened for Ozzy Osbourne at The Halifax Metro Centre.
They have singles in regular rotation on serval radio stations in Canada and their release “Buzzing in my Head” is featured on the Sega video game “Vancouver 2010” which is the official video game of the Winter Olympics.
In 2011 “Brain Disaster” won the ECMA for Loud Recording Of The Year.
Jake has been teaching in Windsor for 14 years and runs March Break and Summer Rock Camps as well as Rock N Roll Boot Camp at Moe’s. In 2014 he purchased Moe’s Place Music Sales with business partner Heather Donohue, and welcomes new and returning students to register for guitar and bass lessons in his new teaching studio at the store.