Entitled “Gonna Be Alright” the anthemic track is a celebration of recovery – a song that stands as a reminder that we have to keep telling ourselves we can overcome anything and that all is going to be alright.
Growing up in Johannesburg with his film director Father, Jack spent much of his time soaking in the vibrant tones of Blues, Motown, soul and roots music, which to this date play a big role in his songwriting. Combining the music of his childhood, with his new love for hip hop and pop, the soulful artist has established his own unique style which has been piquing the interest of listeners across the globe.
Jack is now unveiling his highly anticipated debut album, Empty Pockets, Crowded Heart. A collection of tracks narrating the emotions and feelings of the singer’s journey thus far. “What I’ve learned, what I’ve seen, what I’ve felt – the adventure, the romance, the loss, the heartbreak. The honesty. Putting this record out into the world means everything to me, without being melodramatic this isn’t just a bunch of songs – to me, it’s so much more than that.” confides Jack. Sonically the release is a beautiful reflection of his personality, representing his diversity of musical influences, from old school soul, to hip hop and blues.
Leading single “Gonna Be Alright” is a celebration of recovery – a song that stands as a reminder that we have to keep telling ourselves we can overcome anything and that all is going to be alright. Touching on very personal issues about dealing with anxiety and depression, “49 reasons to stay in bed” and the difficulty conveying those problems to others, “Hard to explain how I’m feeling until you’ve walked a couple of miles in my shoes”, the single is a heavy concept juxtaposed with an upbeat and joyous feeling. Featuring potent lyricism, swirling synth soundscapes and powerful vocals, the track gradually builds into a huge, anthemic chorus, making you want to hit repeat.
Jack describes how music has been his only constant through his turbulent life, always being there when he needed it and helping him discover new things, mend broken bridges, understand loss, love and even himself. “There’s no life without music and no music without life”, preaches the musician. Empty Pockets, Crowded Heart are a selection of songs that come from the deepest depths of himself, stitched together to form some of his most honest work to date.
Samuel Jack’s career has found him performing at some of the world’s biggest festivals, landing multiple TV placements on adverts and shows such as Levi’s, Shameless and Nashville, as well as garnering acclaim from significant outlets including the likes of Clash, Music Week, Live Nation’s Ones To Watch and the BBC. “Gonna Be Alright” is the first single to be released off of the upcoming album Empty Pockets, Crowded Heart Vol.1, due March 27th, 2020.