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THE BEGINNING

The year is 1998 and Calvary Chapel Poulsbo is getting ready to start their weekly service at a local elementary school. In front of the small congregation are three individuals setting up to lead the congregation in a time of worship. This is where Jacob’s Well began, and where the heart of Jacob’s Well remains—serving and being rooted in their local church body – worshipping Jesus Christ together.

Jacob’s Well was born as that young worship team with no idea that they would soon be headed into a nearly full-time traveling ministry leading worship for literally thousands of people nationwide. Rob Loomis, his wife Elise, and Kevin Blackwood have since traveled extensively all over the United States sharing and leading others in worship with the same simplicity, intimacy & passion that was evident in their beginnings at Calvary Chapel.

Be Still / Shane & Shane

The year following the release of their debut album ‘Be Still’ (produced by Inpop Records artists Shane Barnard and Shane Everett), the band toured both the Pacific Northwest and the East Coast, playing 60+ concerts on their first tour together. Shortly after in March 2003, Jacob’s Well was given the opportunity to tour with Shane and Shane on their west coast tour of WA, OR and CA. The band captured their listeners each night with a unique blend of 3-part harmonies, acoustic guitars, percussion and most of all their ability to put full sections of scripture to song; a sound and style that was quickly taking shape to become the signature of Jacob’s Well. The friendship with Shane and Shane during this season was a key ingredient to the continued success of ‘Be Still’ and to the band’s ability to book themselves in new parts of the country they had yet to visit. (Thank’s S&S!)

You Are Better

During October 2004, Jacob’s Well toured heavily across the U.S. Mainland & Hawaii in support of their 2nd release, ‘You Are Better’. The album featured songs such as: ‘Taste And See’, ‘I Will Praise You’, ‘Sands’, and the nationally recognized worship song ‘You Are Better’, all written by Rob & Elise Loomis. Debuting at #3 on the top 40 at Independentbands.com, You Are Better remained in the top 5 for five additional months. Craig Mason (Inpop Records/Centricity Records) asked the band during this season to participate on the Life is Precious: Wes King Tribute along with such artists as Derek Webb, Paul Colman, Downhere, The Kry and others to help raise money for Wes King and his family during his struggle with cancer. Justin McRoberts guest appears on the track ‘Salt Of The Earth’ that was recorded by Jacob’s Well.

I Will See You

Jacob’s Well continued to tour heavily during the rest of 2004 & 2005 playing nearly 200 dates. After returning home from their 3rd visit to Hawaii in the winter of 2006, Jacob’s Well took a short break to focus their attention on their local church body as well as spending much needed time with friends and family. It was during this time that the band recorded their EP entitled ‘I Will See You’.

With the release of ‘I Will See You’ (Produced by Jacob’s Well & 3 time Dove Award Winner Masaki Liu – The W’s, Five Iron Frenzy, Justin McRoberts, Tooth & Nail Records, Five Minute Walk Records), the band shares new spiritual & musical maturity while not turning from placing an emphasis on God’s Word in their lyrics and songwriting. ‘I Will See You’ debuted at #1 for two months at Independentbands.com during the Fall of 2006 and was also featured in the “Independent Spotlight” section of the October 2006 issue of CCM Magazine. Early 2007 found the band visiting the Hawaiian islands for their 4th straight year of ministry there as well as touring the western half of the U.S. through the months of March, April and May, sharing the stage with Shane & Shane as well as Mat Kearney on a few select dates.

The Future

Currently, Jacob’s Well is on an extended break from the road. Over the past few years Rob and Elise welcomed their first child, opened & closed a cafe’ and are currently serving at Calvary Chapel Monroe, in Monroe WA. Kevin has been busy as ever playing in other bands around the Seattle area, serving on the worship team of his fellowship, as well as teaching drums to 40+ students. As a band & ministry, they are eager to see what the Lord has in store for each of them individually as well as corporately (Lord willing) as Jacob’s Well in the days ahead.