Born and raised in Seattle, Washington Mads realized at an early age that music was his bliss, passion and life calling. He began street performing, also known as "busking", at Pike Place Market at 14. There he learned how to hone his craft of performing live, and songwriting. He was mentored by many of the local performers and musicians. Within a few years he was performing in Seattle's largest venues such as the Moore Theater, Paramount Theater, Neptune Theater and the Triple Door and headlining the main music venues in town. He has played shows and collaborated internationally with the likes of Allen Stone, Infidelix, ZOE, James McCartney (Paul McCartney's son), Michael Shrieve of Santana, Bobby Long, RA Scion of Common Market, Dylan Gardner, Whitney Monge, Gabriel Wolfchild, ZOE, Tommy Dean, Jon Pontrello of the Moondoggies, and many more.
After writing and recording multiple albums and headlining major shows in Seattle for years and touring across the USA, Mads decided to go international and went on his first European tour in 2017.
With just a guitar, a backpack and a tour booked, Mads bought a one way ticket to Dublin, Ireland and left. Not knowing if he'd ever return home. In Europe, he performed on the streets, in cafes, bars, restaurants, open jams/mics, hostels, squats, protests, and venues supporting himself. It wasn't long until he was recognized and got a record deal for his single "Make Up My Mind", in Vienna, Austria, which got over 20,000 streams on Spotify within its first two weeks, played the Strange Days Music Festival in Italy, Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, played sold out and packed shows, and wrote and recorded new music inspired and influenced by the rich musical heritage and experiences of the European cultures and continent.
After nearly a year and a half of touring over 20 different countries and living across Europe Mads returned home to Seattle with a new international following, outlook and sound. This experience radically changed his life. Soon after he returned he got invited to perform at the Tacoma Dome for thousands of people opening for the Professional Bull Riding rodeo as well as playing multiple shows in the Seattle area. He also got an opportunity to record a new EP at Studio X, formerly known as Bad Animals, which he released on May 1st independently. After the release of his EP, he went on tour with William McCarthy, of the Augustines, down the West Coast and played multiple headlining shows as well in California.
Mads Jacobsen is currently on tour in Italy and living in Europe.