Jarad Miles is an American singer/songwriter and recording artist from rural South Dakota now based in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. In 2017 he moved from Portland, Oregon where he wrote, recorded and performed for nine years—releasing an EP, two full-length albums, and a handful of music videos.
Starting in 2008, Miles began recording One Million Years [EP] in collaboration with multi-instrumentalist, Neil Goldstein. He would later co-release the EP in 2011 with his first full-length Rocketship alongside engineer Jake Kelly at Materials To Outlet (Kimya Dawson, St. Even). Both albums received favorable coverage from local blogs and newspapers including the Portland Mercury's music critic Ned Lannamann, who called Rocketship in particular "A wonderful, weird record..." and describing the track ‘He Once Was a Friend of Mine’ as “a gaspingly good funeral song”. Another song from the record, 'Lazy Old Sun', was featured on the PDX POP NOW! 2011 Compilation and mentioned in a shortlist of "names you might know soon" by OPB's (Oregon Public Broadcasting) Jeremy Petersen.
Miles’s second full-length album, Jarad Miles In Ancient Wave (JMIAW), was recorded with producer Dave Jones and engineer Adam Selzer (The Decemberists, M. Ward) at Type Foundry Studios in Portland, OR. Local music blogger Will Hutchens had this to say about the album: "From the optimistic opening of We’re Reborn I, to the uplifting rise of the album’s title track, Ancient Wave, Miles’ songs capture the optimism of the American West. Listening to the album, you can easily imagine yourself driving around the open spaces of Miles’s native South Dakota and through the urban landscape of, Portland, Oregon, his adopted hometown. Not everything is sunny, though, and Miles’ pulsing vocal style adds an unsettling tension in more than a few places.”
In 2014 a documentary-style short film ANCIENT WAVE - A Musical Portrait was released by Norwegian director Carsten Aniksdal, featuring five songs from the JMIAW album. Most recently, instrumental versions of songs "We're Reborn II" and "Ancient Wave" were used in the 2017 indie film Everything is Wonderful.
His newest project, Freshwater Whale, is made up of Twin Cities musicians. They’re planning to debut with live shows in the spring 2019. Stay tuned!