The Freakish Talent of Samuel Jacks Natural Soul Finesse
Make sure you write this name down ladies and gentlemen; ‘Samuel Jack”
Every once in a while you hear a voice which screams to your soul, and Mr Jack is just one artist who’s songs and vocals command attention leaving you wanting more.
The London born singer songwriter has grown up with Blues, Motown, Roots and RnB music and has mastered his craft to perfection.
His voice is rugged and warm as his songs make an intense connection with the emotions of depth and security, as if a blanket has been wrapped around you. Samuel Jack’s is a surviver who’s songs ooze the experience and vulnerabilities as they are written from the heart.
With all of his natural talents combined, Mr Jack is high on the radar and most certainly one to follow.
The Freakish Talent of Samuel Jacks Natural Soul Finesse
MT: Hi Samuel, Who are some of your musical influences and When did you know music was your calling? and when did you figure out why you needed to pursue music as your career?
Samuel: I was raised on blues and soul music predominantly, but also love hip hop, pop and rock music, I kinda listen to anything that gives me all the feels. I started out on music pretty late, at first it was college bands and singing down the pub, I spent a bit of time in recording studios through my late teens and just got the bug for it – it wasn’t ‘til after that in my early twenty’s that’s I started writing my own music.
MT: When did you figure out why you needed to pursue music as your career?
Samuel: Good question. I think it’s just that feeling that says ‘nothing else makes you feel like this’ I’ve always loved music, it’s been my rock. I remember sending a song called ‘weatherman’ to my now long-standing writing partners over on America – it was the first time someone told me I was a songwriter, I think if I had to name one time that was definitive for me it would be then.
MT: How long have you been singing and performing for?
Samuel: Professionally for about 5 years. And probably about another 5 or 6 before that
MT: Who do you enjoy listening to as a fan?
Samuel: I’m really into Jordon Mackampa at the moment. I love Leon Bridges, Jessie Ware and Dermot Kennedy is a beast right now
MT: When was your very first recording and release?
Samuel: My first release was my ‘Let It All Out EP’ in 2016/17 – I’ve been on quite the journey since then.
MT: You recently released your single “In My Head”. Can you explain more about the meaning of the song?
Samuel: In My Head is a hugely personal song to me. My first time publically opening up about struggles with mental health, and essentially about my fight against it – it was hard to write, but as always I find writing songs a really cathartic experience it was actually really helpful. I just hope it has some similar effect for the people listening
MT: Your voice and sound is so soulful and rich, did you have formal training?
Samuel: I didn’t. I just strive make sure every word and note that comes out my mouth is honest…and hope its in tune 😊
MT: You are quite open and honest about your struggle with depression. Can you tell me, how does this affect your songwriting; how does it help you?
Samuel: I consider myself somewhat of a survivor to those problems – looking back I don’t know how I came to write some songs, but at times it did bizarrely help. It’s a strange paradox, but again, going back to honesty – I voice the way I feeling at that moment on paper and through my songs.
MT: What has been your biggest challenge in your music career so far? How did you overcome that obstacle?
Samuel: There’s constantly new challenges. Everything’s gone up a level for me now so I’m taking it one day at a time and working hard to overcome them – my biggest challenge so far was probably performing live believe it or not. I used to be so nervous. Uncomfortable. But now I can’t wait to get on stage. It just comes through perseverance, reevaluating in order to improve and strive to constantly make the next show better than the last.
MT: From what you have learned about your challenges in the music business, what advice would you like to give upcoming new artists?
Samuel: I’ve got a list as long as my arm hahah. I think the most important thing is hard work and determination. Nothing falls on your lap, I was bangin on the door for years before I made headway – and it’s not like I’m getting a helicopter to the Grammys just yet. I’d say, be decent to people, work hard and persevere.
MT: Besides singing, do you play any musical instruments? How long have you been playing them?
Samuel: I play a little piano. I’m a deeply average pianist to be honest, but I love playing live and that’s where I wrote the majority of my music.
MT: What’s a typical day for you? Do you work on your music every day? What other activities or hobbies besides music do you like to do that your fans may like to know about?
Samuel: Football. Sorry. I can’t help it. I just love it. I still play when I can. But most days are all about music now.
MT: You have had several singles and EP’s released including live performances, do you have a personal favourite?
Samuel: I really love the Live EP’s ‘Live from Glastonbury’ and ‘Live From The Church’. The Glastonbury one mainly for nostalgic reasons and the church just because I feel like we captured that natural acoustic beauty that only a church can provide.
MT: Do you have any specific rituals or do anything specific before you head out on stage or even before you record your vocals in the studio?
Samuel: I like to be on my own for a minute. Hahah, I can’t even look at my manager before I go on, I realise that sounds weird, but I just like to get in the zone. That and a good glass of whiskey.
MT: Do you have any up-coming performances you would like fans to know about? Is there anything else you would like to announce for your fans or anything you would like them to know? Plans for 2020?
Samuel: OH YES. My first headline show of the year is at Omeara in London on March 23rd! This is going to be a very special night, for reasons that will shortly be announced J So, please come down for a sing!
MT: Where can people see you perform next?
Samuel: London – March 23rd @ Omeara. Further tour dates to be announced shortly.
MT: Thank you so much for your time Samuel, I really appreciate it!