The heavyweight musical talent in the shape of 21-year-old Jacob Banks continues his course towards stardom with his new track ‘Worthy’. This is penetrating, vintage soul music sung with a unique young energy. Having only taught himself the acoustic guitar 12 months ago, the precocious singer / songwriter has been building a name for himself on London’s underground and now the majors are interested; The sheer strength and hushed urgency of his vocals winning plaudits from everyone from Plan B to Wretch 32.
Jacob’s Live Lounge performance on Radio 1 (the first musician in history to be allowed to perform whilst still unsigned) was deemed so good that the station kept it online for a month, rather than the usual week. MTV, Hype Trak, i-D and Hunger Magazine are just some of the major platforms that have been waxing lyrical about the boy from Birmingham and his rendition of Kendrick’s ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’.
Jacob cites his influences as very varied: African multi-instrumentalist Fela Kuti alongside soul legends like Nina Simone and Sam Cooke, sprinkled with the acoustic warmth of names such as Ben Howard and Michael Kiwanuka.
‘Worthy’ is the second release from Jacob, taken off his debut EP ‘The Monologue’. With Zane Lowe championing the track as his ‘Next Hype’ record, a session coming up on Jon Kennedy’s XFM show and additional support from 6Music and Annie Nightingale, Jacob’s talent for being himself is seeing him backed everywhere from underground kings SBTV to commercial monoliths MSN.