Multi award-winning hip-hop artist Jake Aldridge’s’ new single, Gullible is inspired by his new-found love of country music.
Released on January 6th, the song features guest vocals from BCMA Award winner Kezia Gill. It was produced by multi-instrumentalist Ben Haynes and artist RedNek, who has previously collaborated with the likes of Tinie Tempah.
Aldridge says: “I know this is a big change in direction for me, but since I’ve been exposed to country music, I’ve come to fall in love with its instrumentation, as well as the overall sound. I’m so excited for my fans to hear what I’m confident is my best song to date.”
Aldridge won Male Act of the Year at the 2018 International Achievers’ Awards, and received the Audience Choice Award at last year’s New Music Generator (NMG) Awards, at which he took more votes than 100 other artists. He described this as the proudest moment of his musical career to date.
The 30-year-old has played on US and UK network TV, including a documentary featuring Michelle Obama, and has been backed by BBC Introducing, who has played his tracks dozens of times, while his music has also aired on BBC Radio 6.
Aldridge was brought up in Reydon, Suffolk with two siblings, and was born to a Bangladeshi father and Canadian mother who met in Wimbledon. But Jake was just 11 when his father was killed after being struck by lightning during a family fishing trip, and this life-changing and defining event has informed much of his work since, for example, Aldridge’ 2011 single Heaven was about his father.
MORE ABOUT JAKE ALDRIDGE
30-year-old Jake Aldridge was born and raised in the village of Reydon, a small town in Suffolk, UK. Raised by his Canadian Mother & his Bangladeshi Father, who met each other in London when they were eleven years old, life was near on perfect for Jake. That all changed however, in August 1999 when during a family Fishing trip, Jake’s Father was tragically struck by lightning and sadly passed away. Jake was just 11 years old.
Struggling to come to terms with the loss of his Father, Jake was itching for ways to express himself. He took comfort in writing his thoughts down on paper. To begin with, his notes were in the form of a diary but he soon began rhyming the words he was writing. In time, his diary was transformed into a book of poems.
Inspired by ‘Rap’ Music, Jake’s method of performing these rhymes seemed like an easy choice to make. He knew nothing about Music Production and purchased a desktop microphone for £12 and used a sock to act as a Pop Shield. The wide-eyed teen had dreams of being as big as Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, and other Rappers he was inspired by. There was only ONE problem…. Jake couldn’t rap in time with the music…..
“Despite being a confident lyricist, I couldn’t feel the music in those early days… I couldn’t even nod my head to a Drumbeat”.
With practice and lots of help from his friends, Jake eventually started to feel the music. He began posting Music Videos online and was starting to build a small fan base. After establishing new relationships, and initiating collaborations with music Producers from all around the world, his tracks received airplay on dozens of BBC Introducing shows.
“I Remember telling my housemates that I’d heard back from the Director of Playboy TV, they didn’t believe me!”.
Seeking new ways to gain exposure for his Music, Jake came into contact with Phil Barry, the Managing Director of Playboy TV. Phil loved Jake’s music and enjoyed his originality. To the amazement of Jake and
Eager to continue climbing the musical ranks, Jake was striving
Jake’s Music later fell into the hands of Maria Kempinska, the
“I felt like I was at the Brit Awards, my hand went over my mouth when my name was called”.
In September 2017, Jake was nominated for a New Music Generator Award by Cambridge 105 FM. The Awards ceremony took place at the Corn Exchange, Cambridge. Jake won the ‘Audience Choice’ award, receiving more votes than109 other talented Artist’s from East Anglia, a win which marked
In 2018, Jake won ‘Male Act Of The Year’ at the International Achievers Awards and later had his music licensed by Road Trip Nation, a TV
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