The stage chemistry of “Halden Vang” can only be described as intense, soulful and fiery, delivered with a style and flare that pushes the boundaries of music in this high powered rockin’ trio, formed and led by guitarist singer/songwriter, Jake Haldenwang. Being influenced by a diverse music landscape, Jake is a ground breaking artist who delivers a blend of modern, vintage and alternative rock & roll with soul, pop, R&B, funk and blues. Jake’s stock in trade is his undeniable stage presence and his unique musicianship, who has cultivated a signature sound inspired by many different genres and influential artists, such as; Foo Fighters, Black Crowes, Myles Kennedy, Black Keys, Paramore, Jack White, Steve Marriott, Clapton, Hendrix, David Coverdale, Jeff Beck, Duane Allman, Rory Gallagher, SRV, John Mayer, Fleetwood Mac, Rival Sons, Little Big Town, Cage the Elephant, Stevie Wonder, Chris Cornell, Jeff Buckley, Albert Collins and Otis Redding. Upon receiving his 1st music nomination, Jake was awarded 2011 "Artist of the Year" by the Queen City Music Awards and his power trio, “Halden Vang” received a nomination for 2011 Rock Group of the Year, by the Charlotte Music Awards. At 2013 years end, Jake saw his 2nd music nomination and once again received the award for Queen City’s 2013 “Rock Artist of the Year”.
Having already established an impressive résumé, Jake has solidified himself and “Halden Vang” with notable show billing with music greats; Warren Haynes, Gregg Allman, Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan, Drivin N’ Cryin, Steve Miller, Leon Russell, Elvin Bishop, Moreland & Arbuckle, Trombone Shorty, Tommy Castro, The Holmes Brothers, Tom Hambridge and Webb Wilder. He has also appeared as a guest guitarist with Umphreys McGee, Buddy Guy, Marshall Tucker, Chris Hicks, Walter Trout, Tommy Castro, Robin Rogers and Bryan Lee. Halden Vang's performances include shows dates at many well known clubs, theaters and festivals such as; Warren Haynes Christmas Jam, Live Nation’s TWC Amphitheatre, House of Blues, The Fillmore, Sarasota Blues Fest, SXSW, Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Fest, The Neighborhood, Visulite and Knight Theatre, The Chop Shop, The Double Door, Southland Ballroom, BB Kings, The Orange Peel, Asheville Music Hall, Don Gibson Theatre, 12th & Porter, The Rutledge, 3rd & Lindsley, Ground Zero and Webster Hall.
In addition to performing as a power trio, Jake is also an accomplished acoustic musician, who also performs as a solo acoustic artist, as well as being a multi-instrumentalist, playing both the bass guitar and drums. At age 15, Jake attended the 2011 Winter NAMM Show by artist invitation from Fender Guitars and he is also a proud member of famed rock photographer, Robert M Knight’s, “Brotherhood of the Guitar”. Jake’s music career started from the moment he picked up a guitar, performing live shows at age 12 and by age 13 he was recognized as a prodigy guitarist chosen to represent Charlotte NC at International Blues Challenge, Youth Showcase. By age 15, he released his first studio CD “Tell the Truth”. And now being slated for a Spring 2014 release, Halden Vang’s “How About Now” EP, mastered by Gene Paul, son of the legendary guitarist/inventor Les Paul, will feature six of Jake’s new original songs. Halden Vang is packed with a fresh, authentic, contemporary sound with astounding live stage performances, whose compass is poised to guide them to the top.