Jacob Flores: Former American Idol contestant blends Soul, Pop, R&B and Easy Listening for smooth sound

Conway Institute of Music

Word is, you can catch Jacob Flores regularly at Diablos Tacos Por Siempre in Downtown Conway.

Flores is a former American Idol contestant and has drawn the praises of several for his unique sound.

Flores got his start winning the “Henderson” Idol contest while in school at Henderson State University. He went on to participate on The Voice and American Idol.

Now the former American Idol plays in Central Arkansas while working on his craft and cutting records.

Today we introduce you to Jacob Flores, local musician, and former American Idol contestant.

Official Music Bio

Former American Idol contestant, Jacob Flores, is an award-winning, one-man band. His music features live looping and an extremely diverse repertoire of both American and Latin-American styles. With the release of his breakthrough album titled ‘Cupid,’ Flores is solidifying his position as a stunning icon in the genres of Pop, R&B, and Soul.

“I’ve got to say that I’ve never heard another artist from Arkansas that sounds quite like Jacob Flores…the word that came to mind in describing his music is it’s just….sexy.” – Arkansas Roots, KASU 91.9 FM

Flores first broke into the music scene while attending Henderson State University, where he entered the school’s singing competition, Henderson Idol, and was quickly crowned 2013 Henderson Idol. He then went on to audition and advance through preliminary rounds of NBC’s The Voice as well as Fox Network’s American Idol: Season 14.

Flores has been featured as a support act alongside internationally recognized recording artists: La Sonora Dinamita, Los Traileros del Norte, and Banda Carnaval. He was selected to perform at the 381st National Guard Birthday Gala in Washington, D.C. Flores was voted the “Sentinel-Record Reader’s Choice Best Local Performer” three years in a row (2019-2021).

As a follow-up to his debut album, “No Borders” (Blue Rock Artist Ranch & Recording Studio, 2015), Flores recently released his second studio album, “Cupid” (Sound Emporium Studios, Nashville, TN, 2021). With this release, Flores is psyched and ready to soar to new heights, establishing his position as the new face of Classic Soul and Contemporary Pop music. For more information, visit www.jacobfloresmusic.com.

Jacob Flores
Jacob Flores


Soul/Pop/R&B/Easy Listening

Band members (names)

Jacob Flores

Favorite venue to play

Diablos Tacos Por Siempre, 912 Front Street, Conway, AR 72032

Music Influences & Inspiration

My grandfather started our family mariachi band (El Mariachi Flores). I grew up watching my dad, uncles, and cousins perform. Music is definitely in my blood. The musicians I most admire are the ones who are not just great vocalists or instrumentalists but great performers. Some of my favorite performers are The Temptations, Bruno Mars, Jason Mraz, Chris Stapleton, Bob Marley (just to name a few). I aspire to always perform with passion each and every time I take the stage. I believe the audience deserves this!

How did you get started?

While attending Henderson State University, I entered the school’s singing competition and was crowned the 2013 “Henderson Idol.” This was the first time I performed on stage in front of an audience. I quickly fell in love with performing live.

Jacob Flores
Jacob Flores

Favorite song to cover? or Perform

(Cover) “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King; (Original) “Extra” by Jacob Flores

How would you describe the music that you typically create/perform?

I create live loops of different sounds/instruments in an effort to create a full-band sound. I try my best to be extremely eclectic…Spanish/English… Every genre…. a little something for everyone to enjoy!

If you could open a show for any artist, who would it be?

John Mayer or Chris Stapleton

How can we find you online and your upcoming events?


What do you enjoy doing outside of music?

Being a dad; Riding my mountain bike; NAPS; Eating delicious food (I’m a foodie); Working at the Garland County Library (13 years).

Wrapping it up

You can catch Jacob this week at Diablos Tacos Por Siempre, Thursday night, July 29th at 6:00 PM.

Or you catch him online, at a venue in Central Arkansas, or Spotify.

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