Jack Garratt

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Jack Garratt
Jack Garratt performing in Chicago in 2015
Jack Garratt performing in Chicago in 2015
Background information
Birth nameJack Robert Garratt
Born (1991-10-11) 11 October 1991 (age 29)
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
Years active2005–present
LabelsIsland Records
Websitejackgarrattmusic.com

Jack Robert Garratt (born 11 October 1991) is an English singer, songwriter and composer from Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire. He released his debut studio album Phase on 19 February 2016. At the 2016 Brit Awards he received the Critics' Choice Award.

Early life[edit]

Jack Robert Garratt was born 11 October 1991 in High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire.[1][2] His mother was a primary school music teacher and his father was a police officer.[2] He grew up in the village of Little Chalfont.[3] About his childhood he has stated that: "I just really enjoyed making noises and really enjoyed the reaction that I got from making those noises. So they [parents] put me on music lessons to encourage me to hone in on that talent rather than show off."[2] He wrote his first song when he was 12 and learned to play a variety of instruments from the guitar, drums and piano to the harmonica, mandolin, trombone and ukulele.[3] He attended St Clement Danes School in Chorleywood and the University of Roehampton in London.

Career[edit]

Junior Eurovision 2005[edit]

In September 2005, Jack entered the UK national selection for that year's Junior Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Belgium.[4] On the night Jack's song "The Girl" finished 8/8 with just 13 points. He has since said "That was the first time I tried to achieve anything as a musician but my intentions were wrong. I did it more for attention rather than for a love of what I was doing."[5]

2009–13[edit]

Jack Garratt went to university to train to be a teacher.[2] He signed to an independent record label and began working on an album with the title Nickel and Dime.[6] The music was acoustic blues music.[7] He was played on BBC Three Counties Radio in March 2012 as part of BBC Introducing.[8]

He abandoned the album when he realised that "I wasn't proud of the songs I was writing, and I was performing the music because I liked the way that people reacted rather than because I was proud of the songs."[2] He dropped out of university and "had a real self-destructive moment" and has said that "I felt like I was going through a quarter or a midlife crisis, but I was not even 20."[2] He decided to write music "with a totally different level of respect and integrity" and spent a year writing new songs.[2]

2014–2016: Phase[edit]

On 28 October 2014, Jack released his first extended play, Remnants, and a remix EP, Remnix. On 28 November 2014 he released the single "The Love You're Given". His 2014 single "Worry" was playlisted by BBC Radio 1, and he headlined the BBC Introducing stage of the Reading and Leeds Festivals.[8] He also headlined at the Lost Village Festival in Lincoln in 2016. On 27 September 2015 he performed at the Apple Music Festival which took place at The Roundhouse, London. Garratt supported Mumford and Sons on their 2015 UK tour, playing at 13 events at 9 arenas across the UK and Ireland. He was the winner of the Critics' Choice category at the 2016 Brit Awards, BBC Sound of 2016 poll and is on MTV's Brand New 2016 shortlist.[9][10][11] He released his debut studio album Phase on 19 February 2016. On February 2016 he played his single "Worry" during the italian show "Che tempo che fa".[12]

2017–present: Hiatus and Love, Death and Dancing[edit]

After finishing touring Phase at the end of 2016, over the next year Jack recorded a new album, which he ultimately scrapped, saying that "It was trash. It was awful. It was all bad. I wasn't willing to accept myself in that moment, so I wasn't willing to have a good idea."[13] He then took time off to deal with the anxiety and self-doubt that he was feeling as a result of the attention and scrutiny that had come with the success and awards for his previous album.[14][15] He then met with record producer Jacknife Lee, and together they began working on recording new music. On 6 February 2020, his new single "Time" premiered as the "Hottest Record" on Annie Mac's Future Sounds show on BBC Radio 1.[16] The song features as the opening track on his new EP Love, Death and Dancing (Vol. 1) which was released on the same day.[17] This EP makes up part of Garratt's second album Love, Death and Dancing, which was released on 12th June 2020.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[18]
AUS
[19]
BEL (FL)
[20]
BEL (WA)
[21]
GER ITA
[22]
NL
[23]
NZ
[24]
SWI
[25]
US
[26]
Phase
  • Released: 19 February 2016
  • Label: Island Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
3 9 18 88 28 63 21 37 7 127
Love, Death & Dancing
  • Released: 12 June 2020
  • Label: Island Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
8
"—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Remnants
  • Released: 28 October 2014
  • Label: Island Records
  • Formats: Digital download
Remnix
  • Released: 28 October 2014
  • Label: Island Records
  • Formats: Digital download
BBC Music: Huw Stephens Session
  • Released: 11 April 2015
  • Label: Island Records
  • Formats: Digital download
Synesthesiac
  • Released: 12 April 2015
  • Label: Island Records
  • Formats: Digital download
Apple Music Festival: London 2015
  • Released: 14 October 2015
  • Label: Island Records
  • Formats: Digital download
Love, Death & Dancing (Vol. 1)
  • Released: 6 February 2020
  • Label: Island Records
  • Formats: Digital download
Love, Death & Dancing (Vol. 2)
  • Released: 20 April 2020
  • Label: Island Records
  • Formats: Digital download

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[18]
BEL (FL)
[20]
ITA
[28]
US
AAA

[29]
"The Love You're Given" 2014 Phase
"Chemical" 2015
"Weathered" 173
"Breathe Life" 183 42
"Worry"[30] 67 84 64 18
"Surprise Yourself"[32] 2016
"Far Cry"[33] 74
"Time"[34] 2020 Love, Death & Dancing
"Better"[35]
"Circles"[36]
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Songwriting and production credits[edit]

Title Year Artist(s) Album Credits Written with Produced with
"Foreign Fields" 2015 Kacy Hill Bloo EP Co-writer/producer Kacy Hill N/A
"Power" 2017 Katy Perry Witness Co-writer/co-producer Katheryn Hudson, William Robinson Mailbox

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organisation Award Work Result
2015 BBC Introducing Artist of the Year[37] Himself Won
BRIT Awards Critics' Choice Award[9] Won
MTV UK Brand New for 2016[10] Nominated
BBC Sound of 2016[11] Won

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g "BBC Sound of 2016 winner Jack Garratt: The story so far". BBC News. 8 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b "BBC Music Sound Of, 2016 – 1st Jack Garratt". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Jack Garratt tops BBC 'Sound of 2016'". Junior Eurovision. 8 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Jack Garratt: Nine things you probably didn't know about the Brits Critics' Choice winner". BBC Newsbeat. 27 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Jack Garratt Performs". DeeTV. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Jack Garratt Interview". BurnFM. 22 June 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Jack Garratt: The Story So Far". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  9. ^ a b "Jack Garratt wins Brits Critics Choice 2016". The Daily Telegraph. 27 November 2015.
  10. ^ a b "MTV's Brand New for 2016 shortlist revealed". MTV. 25 November 2015.
  11. ^ a b "Jack Garratt tops BBC Sound of 2016 list". BBC. 8 January 2016.
  12. ^ it.Wikipedia.org
  13. ^ Savage, Mark (5 February 2020). "Jack Garratt on his three-year absence: 'I hated myself'". BBC News. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  14. ^ "Jack Garratt announces new album of "dance music for people who don't want to go out" | Complete Music Update". Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  15. ^ "Jack Garratt returns after four-year hiatus with visceral new song 'Time'". NME Music News, Reviews, Videos, Galleries, Tickets and Blogs | NME.COM. 6 February 2020. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  16. ^ "BBC Radio 1 - Radio 1's Future Sounds with Annie Mac, The return of Jack Garratt". BBC. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  17. ^ Smither, Tanis. "Jack Garratt releases volume 1 of forthcoming album Love, Death and Dancing". Hotpress. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  18. ^ a b Peak positions in the United Kingdom:
  19. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Jack Garratt". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  20. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Jack Garratt". Belgium (Flanders) Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  21. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Jack Garratt". Belgium (Wallonia) Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  22. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Jack Garratt". Italian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  23. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Jack Garratt". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  24. ^ "Discography Jack Garratt". New Zealand Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  25. ^ "Discographie Jack Garratt". Swiss Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  26. ^ "Jack Garratt – Chart history: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  27. ^ a b "Certified Awards" (To access, enter the search parameter "Jack Garratt" and select "Search"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  28. ^ "Top Digital – Classifica settimanale WK 6 (dal 5 February 2016 al 2016-02-11)". Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  29. ^ "Jack Garratt – Chart History: Triple A". Billboard. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  30. ^ "Worry (Remixes) - Single by Jack Garratt". Apple Music. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  31. ^ "2017 Italian certifications for Jack Garratt – FIMI" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  32. ^ "Surprise Yourself (Remixes) - Single by Jack Garratt". Apple Music. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  33. ^ "Far Cry (feat. Little Simz) - Single by Jack Garratt". Apple Music. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  34. ^ "Time (Radio Edit) – Single by Jack Garratt in Apple Music". Apple Music GB. 5 February 2020. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
  35. ^ "Better (Radio Edit) – Single by Jack Garratt in Apple Music". Apple Music GB. 20 April 2020. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
  36. ^ "Circles - Single by Jack Garratt". Apple Music. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  37. ^ "BBC Music Introducing Artist of the Year". BBC. 10 November 2015.

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