My Story

Singer-songwriter, producer, and self-taught multi-instrumentalist Malachi Jaggers is forging his own brand of hopeful, relatable Americana, pulling from personal experience to connect with audiences on a deeply human level. His songs are inspired by nature, family history, and real-life struggle, written with a captivating candor rarely found in modern music. A boundary-pushing artist and storyteller at heart, Jaggers constantly experiments with different approaches and production techniques to create something fresh and unique. He’s also an open, vulnerable songwriter: From the richly narrative lyrics to the buoyant, melodic hooks, his work is infused with compassion and authenticity. Often compared to artists like David Gilmour and Tom Petty as well as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, Jaggers combines raw, progressive energy with the nostalgic warmth and realness of 60s-70s analog rock. “My goal is to make people forget their problems,” he says. “To help them see their circumstances from a new perspective.”

Jaggers was born in Lebanon, Indiana and raised on a small, rural farm in Camden, Indiana, surrounded by wooded countryside, corn and soybean fields, creeks, and wildlife. He started playing music at only four years old, and at seven discovered a love for performing, singing a capella at school and covering Elvis Presley’s “Love Me Tender” at a local library talent competition. His earliest musical influences included YES, The Beatles, Jon Anderson, and the wide range of music his dad, a rock drummer, guitarist, and singer, introduced. “My dad gave me a vast musical education: big band, jazz, blues, and classic rock. He’d invite friends over to jam with us, and converted our 8×10 shed into a mini recording studio. He also gave me my first guitar—a Sears Silvertone.” Jaggers learned to play guitar by ear, later picking up drums, bass, ukulele, piano, mandolin, and harmonica. He began exploring the art of songwriting and home recording, developing a passion for music that grew each year. He joined the 7th grade choir, played the lead in three high school musicals, and started a garage band at fourteen. At seventeen, he entered a local songwriting scholarship contest. One of the judges, impressed with the quality of his track, decided to mentor Jaggers in his burgeoning music career.

In July of 2021, Jaggers dropped his debut solo EP, Fearless, recorded at Blackbird Studio in Nashville. The dynamic six-song collection teems with organic, textural sound, evoking the golden age of progressive rock. The punchy, nuanced drums and natural, understated vocals create a country-meets-70s-rock vibe, accented with steel guitar, piano, and organ melodies. Made with GRAMMY-nominated engineer and producer Matt Coles (Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Rush, Don Henley, the Eagles), the tracks feature top Nashville session players, including guitarist Tom Bukovac (Vince Gill, Joe Walsh, Alison Krauss, Kenny Chesney, Bob Seger, Alabama, Dave Stewart) and drummer Chad Cromwell (Kenny Chesney, Brian Wilson, Peter Frampton, Neil Young, Dolly Parton, The Beach Boys, Dave Stewart). The album, which includes original songs by Jaggers as well as a Pink Floyd Cover (“Fearless”) and two tracks co-written with his wife Leah (“Town After Town” and “Wilma Jean”), celebrates the good that can arise from facing adversity. “It’s all about getting through it and moving on, finding joy or humor in the heartbreak,” says Jaggers. “Sometimes it feels as though you’ll never emerge from that wilderness. But you do. And beautiful things can come out of the struggle.”

With the release of his new single “An American Hero” in November 2021, Jaggers is embracing the future while keeping one eye on the past. Inspired by his grandfather, who worked on the railroad, farmed, and served in the Navy during World War II, the single was co-written with Greeson at a historic Indiana battlefield, fusing a bit of family history with the spirit of John Mellencamp. The track conjures the wide-open prairies where heartland soul was born with a diverse spectrum of instruments, including Sierra Hull on mandolin (Allison Krauss, Bela Fleck) and other preeminent players on steel guitar, accordion, and electric guitar. “It’s about more than my own grandfather, really. It’s a song to honor the heroes who sacrificed themselves to protect our homes, our communities, and our country.” The soulful, organic Americana style first introduced in Fearless—clever melodic hooks, natural vocals, and compelling, narrative verses—is refined and expanded here. Recorded at Compass Studio in Nashville with Coles, who also produced Fearless, “An American Hero” will be released with an accompanying music video, filmed at the Indiana rail yard where Jaggers’s grandfather worked, and where his cousin Isaac, who plays his grandfather in the video, currently works. “I’m drawn to writing about things like family histories and the mysteries of nature,” says Jaggers. “Things that remind us how finite we are, and therefore how finite our circumstances and problems are.  In the end, I make music because I want to make people feel good.”