Ever since Jake Miller began posting his original songs on YouTube a few years ago, the 22-year-old Miami-born pop artist has been building a virtual army of fans. His millions of followers on social media call themselves the Millertary and come to his concerts wearing camouflage and greasepaint under their eyes. They are devoted to Miller’s irresistible musical blend of pop and hip-hop, combined with the positive messages in his songs.
Miller has independently released two EP’s: 2012’s Spotlight and 2013’s The Road Less Traveled, which debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Hip-Hop chart. His full-length album, 2013’s Us Against Them, sold over 33,000 copies and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Rap chart. One of MTV’s 2014 “Ones to Watch” artists, Miller has shared stages with Mac Miller, Flo Rida, Sean Kingston, Asher Roth, Jason Derulo, Cody Simpson, Austin Mahone, and Sammy Adams at various radio festivals, including Y-100’s Jingle Ball and the Calle Ocho Festival in Miami, where he performed for a crowd of more than 200,000 screaming fans. He also sold out a 43-city House of Blues Tour before landing a major record deal, driven primarily by his incredible social-networking presence.
Now signed to Warner Bros. Records, Miller has been able to extend his reach even further. His first EP for the label, Lion Heart, sold 8,000 copies its first week alone and climbed to No. 2 on the iTunes Pop chart. It includes the singles “Dazed and Confused,” featuring Travie McCoy, and “First Flight Home” (produced by Danish songwriter-producer Cutfather), which has shifted 100,000 units, while its video has racked up 4.6 million views on YouTube. The track is an irresistible calling card for Miller, who credits Eminem, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Drake as inspirations. Hailing from the South Florida community of Weston, Miller began rapping when he was 17, but began to take it more seriously a year later when his YouTube videos caught the attention of local news and radio stations. This led to his first-ever live performance — a plum slot opening for Snoop Dogg in 2011.
In November 2014, Miller co-hosted and performed at the 2014 MTV EMA pre-show with Nick Cannon, joined Meghan Trainor, Nick Jonas and others on the national Jingle Ball tour, and performed on Nickelodeon’s New Year’s Eve special. In July 2015, Miller released the Rumors EP and hit the road for his headlining “Dazed and Confused” U.S. tour as well as his first-ever European tour, which found him meeting members of the Millertary in Holland, Germany, France, and the U.K. Miller has moved to Los Angeles and is currently in the studio working on songs for his upcoming full-length album.