Born in Nigeria, Jacob Banks moved to England (Birmingham) at the age of thirteen. At his twenties he started singing, playing the guitar and composing songs, making his first steps in the nights of "open mics" in the pubs of the city, quickly gaining a good number of followers thanks to his imposing presence as vocalist and to the audacity of his intimate lyrics. Musically, he defined his style from rich rhythmic textures, an 808 keyboard, African-inspired grooves and a great disposition towards soul. He debuted in January 2013 with the EP "The Monologue", which obtained such a reception that soon was opening in the UK for Emeli Sandé, Sam Smith and Alicia Keys. On that foundation, his second EP, "The Paradox", which appeared in July 2015, injects another dose of soul energy for the new generations, with the intention of turning it into solace for bad times and battery recharge on Monday mornings. In September 2016 he signed for the Interscope Records label. Among his achievements to date: being the first artist without a signed record contract to appear on the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge program; to win in 2012 the MOBO prize, a regional contest in the Birmingham area, and the musical contest "Are You In" organized by Adidas; that his song "Move With You" appeared in the video game "FIFA 15"; that last year a song from Seeb where he sings, "What Do You Love", reached number 2 on the Norwegian charts, in the same way that he reached number 4 in the British dance "Alive", piece by Chase & Status in which he puts the voice. In April of this year he released his third EP, "The Boy Who Cried Freedom", which continues his crusade to transport soul to the digital era, with American gospel melodies mixed with modern R & B.
From Leeds, England, singer/songwriter/musician Corinne Bailey Rae shot to stardom with her self-titled #1 UK debut album in 2006, featuring the global hits “Put Your Records On“ and “Like A Star”.
Bailey Rae has received two GRAMMY AWARDS, two MOBOS, alongside multiple nominations including BRIT and BET Awards. She was awarded her first GRAMMY® in 2008 for Album Of The Year when featured on Herbie Hancock's River: The Joni Letters. Her second album, The Sea (2010) was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize. The subsequent EP Is This Love garnered a GRAMMY® for Best R&B Performance.
Bailey Rae has recently composed music for film and television, including the theme to Stan Lee’s Lucky Man (SKY1). She recorded “The Scientist” for Universal Pictures’ Fifty Shades Darker opening title and soundtrack, which charted globally, and performs with Richard Hawley in the upcoming British independent movie FUNNY COW, due to be released in 2018.
Bailey Rae continues to collaborate and perform with artists across musical genres, including Mary J Blige, Theaster Gates, Al Green, Herbie Hancock, KING, Paul McCartney, Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Questlove, Salaam Rami, RZA, Tyler The Creator, Paul Weller, Stevie Wonder, and many more!
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