Today, 16-year-old Appalachia native and rising talent Jake Kohn shares “Dreams,” marking his third-ever single release via Lockeland Springs/Atlantic Records – listen here + watch “Dreams (From The Arcade)” here.

“Dreams” is yet another testament to Kohn’s ability to capture any listeners’ attention with soul-stirring lyricism accompanied by his rich, raspy baritone. On perhaps his most earnest song yet, Kohn embraces a striking vulnerability that sets him apart from other singer-songwriters. 

Earlier this week he launched a live performance of the new track in partnership with Appalachia Untold – a lifestyle brand which highlights original music from across the region (watch here). 

“Dreams” follows Kohn’s second released  track, “Hard as Stone” – listen here + watch the live performance here – which arrived to instant critical acclaim and excitement in January. His first official release “Frostbite” arrived in November of last year, after a live version filmed in Charleston, West Virginia amassed over 1.2 MILLION views on YouTube. 

Upon release, Whiskey Riff praised Kohn’s “raw, powerful vocals” and Holler proclaimed the young artist “one of Virginia’s most talked-about prodigies.”

Born in Winchester, Virginia – birthplace of Patsy Cline – Kohn grew up influenced by Country legends like Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash. At age 11, after being gifted a guitar from his great-grandmother, he taught himself how to play chords from a poster on his wall.

Five years later, Kohn regularly goes viral on TikTok and YouTube, amassing 10 MILLION+ views across both platforms. Kohn’s stunning live rendition of “Frostbite,” performed during his Grand Ole Opry debut in the fall of 2023, filled the storied theatre with his robust, soulful voice and elicited a standing ovation (watch a clip of the performance here) – before inking his Lockeland Springs/Atlantic Records deal backstage later that evening. 

This spring, Kohn will support 49 Winchester and Sierra Ferrell on select shows across the east coast and southeast, stopping at storied clubs including 9:30 Club (Washington, DC), Union Transfer (Philadelphia, PA), The Ritz (Raleigh, NC), and more.

Stay tuned for much more to come from this artist to watch.


4 | Prestonsburg, KY – Mountain Arts Center *
5 | Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom *

9 | Atlanta, GA – The Eastern #
10 | Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall #
11 | Raleigh, NC – The Ritz #
12 | Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte #
14 | Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer #
22 | Washington, DC – 9:30 Club #

* Supporting 49 Winchester
# Supporting Sierra Ferrell





He’s been called an old soul as much as his given name. His talent has been described with such phrases as “once in a lifetime” and “lightning in a bottle.” Jake Kohn appears to be your average 16-year-old boy, but when his voice fills the room, it becomes clear why he signed to Lockeland Springs/Atlantic Records at such a young age.

It’s not surprising fans draw comparisons to artists like Joe Cocker and Janis Joplin when they hear that rich, raspy baritone, but perhaps the more inexplicable characteristic of Kohn’s music is his songwriting. If you didn’t know better, you would swear Kohn has experienced all the trials and tribulations of a full life. His songwriting may not be autobiographical, but it paints an accurate picture of the struggles and hardships many Americans face, particularly those in Appalachia.

Born in Winchester, Virginia, home of Patsy Cline, Kohn is no stranger to Country music. While Kohn doesn’t come from a musical background, he grew up listening to legends like Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash with his father, Erick. At 11 years old, Kohn was gifted a guitar from his great-grandmother. He taught himself to play chords from a poster on his wall. His mentor, Buddy Dunlap, would allow Kohn to come and play at his barn, teaching him some tricks of the trade along the way. It was this same year, Kohn discovered one of his biggest songwriting influences, Justin Townes Earle. Kohn continues to draw inspiration from his music and guitar style.

Kohn will tell you he penned his first “good” song at 12 years old. With the support of his mother, Maria, he began playing live shows locally, often at places he otherwise isn’t old enough to get into. Kohn began receiving encouragement from local artists such as Logan Moore from Low Water Bridge Band.

It was through posting his music on YouTube that his manager, Ashley Wells, found a performance of that first "good" song he ever wrote, “Fraterville, TN.” With her help, Kohn began traveling outside of Virginia for shows. Earlier this year, Kohn’s video for “Frostbite” went viral. He has been on an upward trajectory since. At 15, he had already developed a following and was being approached by industry professionals. It’s exciting to see what’s in store for Kohn’s future. One thing’s for sure. He’s not slowing down any time soon.