A sold-out gig at London’s Bush Hall, stunning performances for City Showcase at the historic 100 Club and industry night Music Week Breakout, a storming live session for Janice Long’s Radio 2 show – things have moved very quickly for the remarkable Jake Morley this year. Jake’s phenomenal talent as a songwriter and performer have long been recognised by his early fans, but national audiences are building quickly and now the music industry has rightly put Jake Morley firmly on their buzz radar. National radio support has come from Dermot O’Leary, Janice Long and Jo Whiley at Radio 2, Chris Hawkins and Tom Robinson at 6Music and more than 40 UK local radio stations.
After a summer full of festivals, Jake’s embarked on his first full UK tour in September with 37 gigs from Thurso to Exeter and concluding in mid-November. Along the way, Jake played two nights supporting Joe Bonamassa at a sold out London Hammersmith Apollo.
“We like this a lot” Dermot O’Leary, Radio 2
“He is certainly something else! Very charismatic, warm, and a fantastic singer and guitar player.” Janice Long, Radio 2
“’Feet Don’t Fail Me Now’ is my live track of the week” Jo Whiley, Radio 2
“Jake Morley and his impressive band more than have what it takes… an ambitious pop sound that is every bit as bright and sparkly as the main player himself” 4 stars The Independent
“A sound that can’t be ignored. Morley can do no wrong, and a wealth of fans can’t get enough.” 9/10 Virgin.com
“Great real life lyrics and superb virtuoso playing. That’s extraordinary!” Tom Robinson, 6 music
“Jake Morley is not just your average bloke with guitar, he stuns crowds with his unique style and is always a show stealer.” BBC Introducing
“It’s phenomenal to watch him but it’s still more daunting to consider that he also sings up a storm and writes cracking songs. Morley is a true original”. Acoustic Magazine
“A stunningly innovative songwriter, captivating performer and thoroughly nice chap” Alex Ginever, Event Manager, LG Arena and the NIA
“This is a man to follow, not just on social media sites, but in real life whenever he plays a gig. This is music to cherish.” Music Riot
Debut album ‘Many Fish To Fry’ (out March 2012) is a big, open sounding album, jam-packed full of memorable songs ranging from the poignant ‘This City’ through to the feel-good ‘I Saw Something’, via a full choir on the upbeat debut single ‘Feet Don’t Fail Me Now’. An early EP, boosted by play on Radio 2 and 6 Music, grabbed the attention of renowned producers Phill Brown (Bob Marley / Talk Talk / Faithless) and Calum MacColl (Rokia Traore / Ronan Keating / Eddi Reader) who worked alongside Jake and the band to create an album that overflows with soulful instrumentation, warm vocals and strong lyrics. The album is accompanied with a live DVD and exclusive interview footage.
Live: The impressive live line up includes John Parker (ex-Nizlopi) on double bass, Kevin Pollard (keys), and Harry Mead (drums & percussion). Jake has played openers for the likes of Eric Clapton, Scroobius Pip, The Hoosiers, Ed Sheeran, Joe Bonamassa, Ezio, Ben Ottewell (Gomez), and Hafdis Huld. In the first half of 2011 he regularly played a packed-out monthly residency at London’s famous Ronnie Scott’s Club and completed a tour of Ireland.
2012 sees a second UK tour in May, followed by festival bookings throughout summer 2012.