20 #1s on Apple Music, 2 Top 10's on the Billboard charts, & over 60 million streams. Certified Platinum, expert vocalist & songwriter. Credits with Grammy winner Dave Aude (Rihanna), Grammy & AMA winner Larry Nacht (Jason Derulo), Black Caviar, and more. Specialize in pop & dance vocal styles. Prompt turnaround. Detail oriented.
LA native, touted by EDM.com as a "prolific singer and songwriter". Publishing deal. Support from superstars such as Nicole Sherzinger, R3HAB, Jonas Blue, Sam Feldt, and more. Sync placements in TV & Film including MTV’s “Are You The One?”, Bella Thorne’s #1 film release “Infamous”, and more. Songs on Sony Music, Warner Chappell, Smash The House (Dmitri Vegas), Enhanced (Tritonal), Armada (Armin Van Buuren), Subsidia (Excision), and many more. Editorial playlists include New Music Friday, Tomorrowland, New Pop UK, Friday Cratediggers, Housewerk, Operator, Discover Weekly, and more.
1,000,000+ streams a month on Spotify.
With your consent, management will help pitch songs we create to our industry contacts when possible per our discretion for the purpose of tv, film, and commercial syncs as well as label placements.
Full studio with a vocal booth, Neumann u87 mic, Neve 1073 pre-amp, UA Apollo Twin Interface, Logic Pro X, as well as tons of industry standard plugins from Waves, SynchroArts, McDSP, Antares, SoundToys, iZotope, and many more.
Songwriting (lyrics & melody) - $300
Recording - $300
Rights to use my name on the final release are negotiable
Hours of Operation: 8 am - 8 pm Monday through Friday EST
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138 Reviews - 26 Repeat ClientsEndorse Jaki Nelson
Excellent voice, very fast work and full fulfillment of the agreement.I will definitely collaborate with Jaki again (:
Per usual, Jaki delivers a stunning performance that is both highly creative and highly emotive. She was able to topline a song for me that, prior to her, had potential, but after her really felt like it truly had a soul. This is my second time working with her; looking forward to a third and a fourth :)
Always on the money with her vocals, both lead and bgs.
A pleasure working with Jaki!
Great communication and great results!
Working with Jaki was a pleasure! She nailed the mood of the song at first time!!! So professional! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Pleasure to work with. Gives you what you ask for on lead and bgs
An absolute pleasure to work with! Kept tight turnarounds, super responsive and communicative, and incredibly talented. Won't be the last time I work with Jaki!
Jaki is a phenomenal singer and unbelievably hard working! I really admire the amount of effort and attention that she put into my song. She is a true professional and has a really special voice! I really enjoy working with her!
Super happy with the results. Delivered top-notch vocals!
Jaki is the real deal..
Gold gold gold! - Platinum!! the best!
Easy to work with, Professional and just a great tone and emotion...awesomeness..thanks Jaki - already getting the next track ready!
Appreciate you and your talents so much! THANKYOU!!!!! JAKI love your contribution to the songs!
Always gives you exactly what you want on lead and bgs. Easy to work with.
incredible voice, amazing to work with highly recommend
she's a star! super talented, delivered exactly what I was looking for. I cant recommend enough! incredible singer and writer
Jaki is "Gold" always - great vocalist with great ideas and execution amazing work and approach - if you can get into her busy schedule consider yourself lucky - I do!
Thanks Jaki always a pleasure appreciate all your skills and talents! and the way in which you engage and deliver! awesomeness!
Having experienced Jaki Nelson's work, I can confidently say it was a truly wonderful and memorable experience. Her talent and passion shine through in every note, leaving a lasting impression of joy and inspiration. Highly recommended!
Jaki is the best! Her vocal tone & quality of recording are both amazing. Would definitely recommend.
It’s amazing 🤩 Her patient, help and attitude makes enjoyable the work. Jaki cares a lot about the final product she is giving and she is very kind at making suggestions. I would recommend her!!
I'm absolutely delighted to share my thoughts on the exceptional vocal work Jaki Nelson has provided for my track. It's not an overstatement to say that her talent and professionalism have left an indelible impression.
Jaki's vocals, rich and resonant, breathed life into my music. She effortlessly captured the rhythm and mood of the track, infusing each note with an emotional depth that is truly inspiring.
Jaki was amazing and flexible to work with, besides delivering top-notch vocals, organized and labeled!
Just a talented person, will definitely keep in touch for future projects!
Was a pleasure to work with Jaki! Very professional and easy to work with. Killer vocals!
Interview with Jaki Nelson
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm very proud of my song "Dancing With Strangers". I wrote it with Grammy winner Dave Aude and Lauren Dyson (BTS). It went Top 10 on Billboard as the only independent song in the top 20, and we got to tour with it all over the country.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I work a lot in the pitching world writing songs for other artists, so when I'm not doing a soundbetter job, I'm producing a demo for a producer!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I always want to know what the reference track is. What style of vocal are you looking for? Because if you're looking for Adele, and I give you Julia Michaels, you're not going to be happy. Let's get on the same page.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Neumann u87, Neve 1073, my Apollo Twin, My MacBook, and my Korg Grandstage.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Pop leaning dance.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Years of in-studio experience, as well as on massive stages. I've charted as a songwriter and recording artist on Billboard 4 times, 2 of those times getting into the top 10. I've worked with Grammy nominees and winners and Mainstream Top 40 artists. My songs stream at around 650,000 a month.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: If I'm writing, I listen to the track a few times and wait for the music video to start playing in my head. I try to feel out the story the track is telling me and then relate to that story with my own experiences. Once I know the story I'm trying to tell, I get straight to work on the chorus. I send that over first to get approval, so I know we're on the same page. Once I've got approval, I move on to the verses, pre-chorus, and bridge (if relevant). For pre-written songs - Once I have received the demo, I listen to it a few times with the lyrics in front of me, start learning it, breaking down the lyrics to understand what the song is about and how it should be sung, and then I start recording as soon as I can. I like to do a dummy recording first to practice getting it "perfect", and then the next morning I do the actual full out recording.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: More often than not, I'll get your song done in 3 days or less. In the event that I don't, I will always get your project done in the allotted time. Guaranteed.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure that the song is in a key that the singer sounds good in, and that they have the range to hit all the notes you want them to! Sometimes, I have to make minor adjustments to the melody because a certain low note is simply impossible for me to hit, but I always clear it with the producer/writer first.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That just because I'm a trained singer, that I'm not a musician. I have years of ongoing music theory study, classical piano study, and thousands of hours of classes and experience in production.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Ron Geffen. GREAT producer, and he's crazy fast. He once sent me a master in the time it took me to drive home from his studio. Tell him I sent you!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I'm a lifelong computer nerd. I love sitting in my studio and making my recordings and productions PERFECT.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: I've had a lot of producers ask me how I am able to phase myself on a double. I guess I'm really really consistent! lol
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started singing somewhere around birth, started taking piano and voice lessons around 8, got really into production at about 17, and I've been doing it ever since.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: The Monsters and Strangerz. They're the best in the industry.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: After you time all of your vocals perfectly, move the whole vocal 2 or 3 milliseconds to the right. It'll make the whole vocal feel more relaxed.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Dance, Indie Dance, Indie, and Pop.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: In-studio vocals.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I run Logic Pro X for recording purposes. I record into the industry standard Neumann u87 into a Neve 1073.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: About 60% of the artists on any given New Music Friday playlist. As far as specific artists, I love the style of Camila Cabello's voice, the writing style of Julia Michaels, and the production style of Selena Gomez.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I record final vocals for producers and songwriters at my home studio.