Jacob released his first full-length album Village in November 2018, following his self-released, critically acclaimed The Monologue EP, The Paradox EP, and his Interscope Records debut The Boy Who Cried Freedom. Working alongside renowned producers including Paul Epworth (Adele, James Bay, FKA twigs) and Malay (Frank Ocean, Sam Smith, Lorde), Village is a collection of 14 original tracks that chronicle Jacob’s experiences and takes on life with narratives that are both personal and universal. Jacob states, “Village is about celebrating the things that make us who we are, the good, the bad, and the questionable.”
Jacob’s powerful vocals and genre-bending style quickly received widespread praise everywhere from Billboard, The FADER, Complex, Interview, PAPER and NYLON, with TIME Magazine declaring, “prepare to be floored by Jacob Banks, a rising Nigerian-born British star whose soulful voice and incisive production will get under your skin from the first listen.” Jacob made his U.S. television debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers performing critically-acclaimed single “Unknown (To You),” which has amassed over 12 million streams. Jacob’s track “In the Name of Love” was featured as the theme song for The Equalizer 2 starring Denzel Washington, with Complex pronouncing, “Jacob Banks has the kind of dramatic, soulful voice that can make an everyday moment feel like a scene out of a movie.”
Jacob’s live shows have captivated audiences around the world, with The Austin Chronicle proclaiming the “Londoner’s voice has ‘next big thing’ written all over it,” and LA Weekly asserting “whether he’s singing or songwriting, U.K.-based, Nigeria-born artist Jacob Banks lets his art speak for itself, proving he’s a force to reckon with in the music game.” Having supported artists including Alicia Keys, Sam Smith and Emeli Sandé on tour, Jacob has gone on to play sold-out headlining tours and major festivals across the globe. Jacob made his Coachella debut in 2018 and performed at Sasquatch, BottleRock, and Shaky Knees, Afropunk and North Coast Music Festival in the U.S. in addition to a series of international dates. Jacob has previously played major festivals such as Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Firefly and The Meadows, with The New York Times naming Jacob one of “12 Notable Acts” at SXSW. At home, Jacob has impressed at the likes of Lovebox, the Latitude and Longitude festivals alongside Rize Festival, selling out the likes of KOKO, O2 Forum Kentish Town and North London’s iconic Roundhouse.