JP

Son of Jack

1/2013

Savoy Label Group (429 Records)

JP was born in Cardiff. His mother’s family ran arcades in the local fun fair on the beach at Rest Bay, Porthcawl. His Welsh speaking father, an RAF (Royal Air Force) man, changed the family’s fortune when he designed a slot machine that can be found if you check out this site to see what is in amusement arcades these days.

The first in his family to do so, JP gained a fine art degree from The Chelsea College of Art in London.   But in the classic style assumed by British singer songwriters since ‘the swinging sixties’, JP‘s career in fine art was waylaid by his infatuation with popular music. Influenced by the voices of the day, Jeff Buckley, Van Morrison and David Gray, he began writing songs.

His first band, Morocco, gigged around London from 2001 to 2003. Then, in 2004, with members of the then defunct Morocco, he formed ‘Grace’. The band got signed to EMI and released the album ‘Detours’ in 2006. A year of touring the UK followed, but the band split by 2008, and JP embarked on a solo career.

A chance meeting with Pretenders’ singer Chrissie Hynde rather scuppered JP’s immediate solo plans. The two songwriters, whilst on a trip to Cuba, wrote the songs that would be released as ‘Fidelity!’, to critical acclaim in The States, and would see them tour North America as ’ JP, Chrissie and the Fairground Boys’.

Recently, JP entered the studio with veteran producer Victor Van Vugt (most notably of Nick Cave Grinderman fame) and recorded his first solo album entitled ‘Son of Jack’ which is due for release in January 2013 on 429 Records.

JP’s versatile voice, range and propensity for lush vocal arrangements, combined with his melodic, soulful ,pop songwriting skills make for a compelling debut, well worth the wait.

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