Jacob Aranda was born and raised in rural Illinois. He learned to play the guitar from his brother. He learned to sing in church.
Jacob is a carpenter. In his early twenties, Jacob began a decade of work repairing and revitalizing rare Asian antique furniture.
At night back then, he collaborated and performed with folk and gypsy jazz groups around Chicago.
Jacob studied at The Chicago School of Violinmaking and then traveled to Siguenza, Spain in 2007 to study with iconic classical guitar maker Jose Luis Romanillos, regarded as "one of the greatest luthiers of the twentieth century." As a craftsman and luthier, Jacob uses only hand tools, avoiding factory-made practices typical of mass-market instruments.
Jacob Aranda started performing regularly, both solo and as an accompanist (pedal steel, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, guitar), after moving to the Bay area in 2013.
Jacob is also dedicated to his daytime work as an advocate and job coach for adults living with disabilities.
He currently lives in Nicasio, north of San Francisco.