• March 03, 2017
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3/3 JACOB WHITESIDES

Aiken Promotions present

JACOB WHITESIDES

Button Factory, Dublin

3 March 2017.

It takes all of 10 seconds to understand the appeal of Jacob Whitesides. For starters, there’s

the easy smile, that roguishly furrowed brow, but all of that would be nothing without the

rest. His voice— with just the right amount of grit—is perfectly matched to his oeuvre of

sometimes-soaring, sometimes-tender, hook filled pop songs. Still only 18-years- old, Jacob

has been organically garnering an impressive fanbase for the past four years (his YouTube

channel has 16 million plus views). But with the release of last year’s two EPs, A Piece of Me

and Faces on Film, (both of which reached #1 US iTunes Singer-Songwriter chart), a clutch of

successful tours, plus his debut album out this September, this preternaturally savvy young

artist is solidifying the foundation for a career set to endure well beyond flash-in- the-pan

hype.

 

On September 9, Jacob will release his debut album, WHY?. Recorded, mixed, and largely

written, in Nashville in six swift weeks, it was, funnily enough, this daunting timeframe that

the 18-year- old says pushed him to his full potential. A powerful thirteen-track collection,

it’s brimming with standouts like the finger-clicked soul-pop of “Lovesick” (“A fun song

about getting in trouble with your girl”) and “You Told Me So,” which deeply reflects on the

stresses of a long distance relationship. His songs are, by and large, heartfelt and relatable,

sometimes they’re breezy, but even when they’re upbeat, there’s often another level to the

lyrics if you lean in.

Jacob’s story is quintessentially modern: the rise of an immensely likable, warm-hearted

Tennessee boy from a modest background, who, for all his pin-up appeal has revealed he’s a

remarkably shrewd talent to boot. While his business acumen is both fascinating and, to a

degree inspiring, it’s Jacob’s music—honest, unabashed pop songs—that are the crux of his

appeal. Ask him what drives him to compose and perform and the reasoning is the same as

when he first picked up the guitar at 13.

“I enjoy music so much and whenever it was taken away from me, whenever I stopped

playing live, I was heartbroken,” he says. So Jacob poured his heart into his songs and his

fans, with a future that lies resolutely in his own hands.

Tickets priced €25 are on sale now through www.ticketmaster.ie & usual outlets

nationwide.

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