UCS grad comes home to inspire next generation
UCS grad comes home to inspire next generation
Posted on 10/03/2019
Jacob Little with GuitarUtica Community Schools graduate Jacob Little made a big impact recently when he came home to share the fruits of a 20-year dream with students. 

Little, who graduated in 2001 from Henry Ford II, is releasing his first album, and he let his hometown crowd have a preview of a 50-minute performance for Eisenhower High School students.  

"The music was absolutely gorgeous,” said senior Kaylie Kilroy.  “The lyrics are relatable and reminded me to remember the good and let go of the bad. I can't wait till they make it big." 

After attending Columbia College and working more than a decade for Oprah Winfrey, Little and his band – Jacob B. Little and the Little Family Band – released their first album Friday.  

The album is the result of Little's drive to make music and the strong foundation that was developed in the district's art, film and music program.  

"The music made me feel an emotion that I have not been able to reach with most music I have listened to,” said senior Connor Kline. 

The band performs American Indie-Folk music. 

"It was a real pleasure to be able to hear them live, I loved the calming sound they had," said  junior Tommy Dilger

The album, Laid to Rest, has its official release two days after the UCS performance in a Chicago church.
" I love the songs that they have written. I was having a stressful day until I heard them play/sing and I feel so much better," said sophomore Angel Monett.  “Thank you for an amazing day." 

The group is already working on its second album.