There’s no doubt about it, we all love ourselves a good Ed Sheeran love song. I mean, the man has single-handedly revitalised the singer-songwriter genre over the past few years and we love him for it. Of course, that doesn’t mean that there’s no room for another incredibly talented British singer-songwriter on our carefully crafted playlists. Enter, newcomer Jack Garratt. Known for his energetic and absolutely mind-blowing live performances, the British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is just the thing we need to inject some life into an otherwise mundane slew of pop singers and their same-old-same-old radio hits. Here’s the low-down on the man and his music.
The son of a music teacher mother, 24-year-old Jack plays more instruments that any of us could ever dream of and his one-man shows are something that needs to be seen to be believed. He also built his name as an open-mic singer on the same indie-folk scene that nurtured our man Ed Sheeran. While his debut album doesn’t quite capture the infectious spirit of his live performance it’s still pretty damn good listening and you can’t go wrong with exploring his latest singles. For a sample of what this man can do live check out this performance of “Worry” – but be warned you’re going to want to put it on repeat for the rest of the day.
For something slow and with a little bit of an electric kick listen to this live version of Jack Garratt’s “Fire”. The sixth single from his debut album, Phase, “Fire” will have you snapping your fingers and stomping your feet in no time at all.
Finally, for an honest, stripped down version of this talented singer you need to check out this live performance of “Weathered”. The third single from his debut album, “Weathered” is the type of song you listen to on lazy hazy summer Sundays when you can’t bare to get out of bed.
After years of working as an Editor and writer for popular websites like Joburg’s Darling, Cape Town’s Darling and Joburg.co.za, Crystal left her sanity and an established career in lifestyle journalism behind to follow her dream of creating a website for the intellectual and discerning woman. Today she spends her time chasing the thrill of being the first to know about ‘the next big thing’. She’ll try anything once and has been known to put her body, hair and health on the line – all in the name of research.