Jacob Grenz | The Afflicted

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The Afflicted

by Jacob Grenz

My songs tell my story of recovery from religious excommunication.My sound is a blend of 80's retro and modern Electronic/pop that has been compared to artists like the Eurythmics,Real Life,Depeche Mode,and my favorite:"Abba on crack and in bondage gear"
Genre: Pop: with Electronic Production
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1. Obsession
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2. Don't Drink the Water
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3. To Be Me
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4. The Afflicted
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5. Storm
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6. Human Again
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Jacob Grenz

At the age of twelve, Jacob began his study of the violin. His restless soul originally found comfort in the richness of classic composers such as Vivaldi and Bach. He started composing orchestral arrangements at age fifteen. Soon Jacob began to take an interest in the piano and without any lessons started writing his first original songs. One of the first songs he wrote was called “Human Again,” and it reflected the thoughts and emotions of a very troubled teenager.

Come on and make me cry
So I know I’m alive
Come on and make me bleed
So I know that I’m real
That I feel anything at all
Come and make me human again
“Human Again”

Jacob was raised in a very strict religious household and was struggling to accept his sexuality. “At that time to be gay to me meant in a sense that I wasn’t human. ‘Human Again’ was my prayer to God to make me normal. I hid that I was gay from everyone around me for so many years because I knew that if I came clean, I would be excommunicated from the church. We weren’t allowed to experience anything outside of the church so for me it meant losing a lot.” After several years of holding his secret, Jacob knew it couldn’t continue. “I was horribly depressed and I had been contemplating suicide, I knew I couldn’t keep it a secret any longer.” Jacob went to the elders of the congregation to confess, and was excommunicated from the church and cut off from his family and friends.

You’ll never know
You’ll never see
Never try to know what it means
You’ll shake your head and say some were born bad
This little boy that you raised
The only child that you couldn’t save
Will fade from your memory
A silly mistake
“Storm”

The evolution of Jacob’s songs takes you from “Don’t Drink The Water,” a song about religious and political homophobia to “The Afflicted,” which deals with crystal meth abuse. Jacob was recently recognized as a winner by the Vh1 Song of the Year Songwriting Competition for his song, “To Be Me.” “’To Be Me’ is about self-acceptance. When I was a teenager, I would pray to God that I could take a magical pill that would make me straight. I think that all gay men and women come to that point in their life when, if a choice were to be offered to be gay or straight, they would choose to be straight because it would be so much easier.”

The years that I spent
Denying this gift
And all the rejection
He makes it all worth it
And I know I’m ok
God doesn’t make mistakes
“To Be Me”

Jacob currently works as a model for Donna Baldwin Talent in Denver, Colorado. (www.donnabaldwin.com.) He has appeared in major local newspapers such as the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News. He also appears in the opening credits of ABC Family’s “Kicked Out” and in ads for American Crew. With his music, he hopes to inspire others who are now in similar situations that he was. “It’s hard now for me to imagine that I even thought about ending my life at one point, but when you’re a teenager it’s hard to see the bigger picture. It can seem like a very hopeless situation and it doesn’t have to be.

“For so many years I tried to convince myself that I wasn’t gay, but what I came to realize is that there was never a choice for me to be gay or not. The choice came when I had to choose to be myself, or to live a lie. In the end I chose ‘To Be Me.’”


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Jessie Benivamondez

The Afflicted Is Fanatstic Cd
I have finished listening to Jacob's debut cd the Afflicted and i can honestly say that its an great Cd to listen to. It brings out so much raw emotions that it has healing messages of self acceptance. Thanks Jacob!

Michael D. Dowdy

Inspirational & Emotional ride In The Afflicted
The Afflicted contains great music that inspires and helps in the healing process for those who suffer because of their personal sexual orientation. You can feel the emotionsthat Jacob pours in each & every song on this fantatstic cd of dignity & self acceptance. The lyrics are well-written and singing by Jacob is enjoyable to listen to.

Michael D. Dowdy

The Afflicted Is Powerful & Emotional !
Jacob Grenz's The Afflicted is powerful and emotional collection of songs about self-acceptance, being true to one's true nature, and having courage to be open,honest, and accepting of one's personal sexuality. Jacob's songs will take you through an emotional ride. His vocals are fantastic, the song lyrics are first rate, and the music is wonderful to listen to.