Acclaimed singer/songwriter Jacob Whitesides – whose independent spirit and approach to his musical career has captured the attention of critics and industry tastemakers as well as millions of fans around the world – releases his eagerly anticipated new single, “Lovesick,” today via all participating digital retailers. The single is the first to be released from the 18-year-old’s full-length debut album, which is due in late summer.
“Every day that I walked into the studio was another creative adventure and Lovesick was just like that. The song was started before I got in the room and it was like joining a party with the “yeah, yeah, yeahs” and the “no, no, nos” the band just crushed it and the vibe spoke to my Tennessee sensibilities. The lyric is really about getting caught up with love and maybe looking at too many options only to figure out that you gotta do it one relationship at a time or you will lose the ones that matter. The co-writers and musicians were stellar and the vibe is fresh. I know that the song is a great peek at the rest of the album and all of the songs represent a part of me as I learn about myself at 18.”
Jacob’s forthcoming album is the follow-up to the soulful singer’s two chart-topping EPs A Piece of Me and Faces On Film (both which stood for days at #1 on iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart in 2015). A Piece of Me produced the unintentional hit “Not My Type At All.” The track became the No. 1 most requested on Radio Disney and received heavy rotation on Sirius XM’s “Coffee House” alongside such heavyweights as Coldplay, Paul Simon, and Ray LaMontagne. Additionally, Jacob enters his debut album campaign as the only artist to be chosen as MTV’s “Artist to Watch,” Radio Disney’s “Next Big Thing,” Pandora’s “Artist to Watch,” and Spotify’s “Artist to Watch” for 2016, all concurrently.
As his own CEO (Double U Records, partnered with BMG), Jacob has built an artist identity and brand independently. His impressive social media numbers continue to grow organically (2.3 million Twitter followers, 1.6 million Facebook likes, 1.4 million Instagram followers, 892K Vine followers, and 371K YouTube subscribers with over 15 million views) and his international fan base spans beyond North America to Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and South America. Jacob’s first ever European tour sold out all dates, with London and Paris selling out in only eight minutes.
Last month, Jacob announced “The Lovesick Tour.” The North American headlining trek kicks off on May 18th and will hit 24 cities (including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Nashville) before concluding on July 16th. Tickets can be purchased at www.jacobwhitesides.com.