Jack Peñate

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Jack Peñate
Jack Peñate performing at Glastonbury Festival 2008
Background information
Birth name Jack Peñate
Born (1984-09-02) 2 September 1984 (age 31)
Origin London, England
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
Associated acts
Website www.jackpenate.com

Jack Peñate (/pənˈjɑːt/; born 2 September 1984) is an English singer, songwriter, and musician.

Early life[edit]

Peñate's grandfather was Mervyn Peake, author of the Gormenghast books.[1] He attended St. Olave's Preparatory School in New Eltham and Alleyn's School. He undertook a bachelor's degree in Ancient World Studies at University College London, but dropped out at the end of the second year as interest from record labels grew. His best friend was Adele. He was a member of the National Youth Theatre.


Peñate made his way up the ranks of the club and bar scene of London before he was signed by record label XL Recordings. He released his first promo single in October 2006, "Second, Minute or Hour" along with its b-side track, "Got My Favourite". This single was released by the record label Young Turks, as a 1000-only limited 7 inch, each containing a different Polaroid photograph, taken of Peñate. And in April 2007 he released the "Spit At Stars EP". In addition to the title track, this featured "My Yvonne", "Cold Thin Line" and a cover of Darondo Pulliam and Darondo's "Didn't I". The CD edition of the EP also included the first song he ever wrote, "Jack Of All Trades", which he wrote with his band at school called "Jack's Basement". He has appeared on XFM radio's "Xposure" and his first two singles were both Single of the Week on BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe's show.

On 10 August 2007, he announced that his album would be released on 1 October and be titled Matinée. However, on 7 September, this date was pushed back to 8 October, because more time was needed to "finish off all the bits of artwork for the inside cover and because my neck is playing up again." Peñate also stated that "I've been told it's now in production so hopefully there won't be any more delays." The album debuted at number seven in the UK album charts.

On 3 January 2009, XFM played a new track by Peñate called "Tonight's Today", the song ended up being the first single from his second album Everything Is New.

On 24 August 2009, Peñate released his single "Pull My Heart Away".[2] This single was also available for free single of the week download on the Australian iTunes. This track was also played in the credits of the 2010 film Charlie St. Cloud. He has also announced an autumn tour that will take him to cities including Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow, and Manchester.[3]

On 19 January 2012, Peñate recorded the song "No One Lied". Directed by Dani Castro, shot and recorded in one take at Peñate's home; the song was uploaded to Peñate's YouTube channel after a two-year hiatus of activity since 2010. The song was not a single and Peñate left no comment on whether it would be a hint towards a new album.[4]

Live gigs and tours[edit]

At Peñate's concerts, it is customary that audience members enter the stage while the song "Torn On The Platform" is performed. One such stage invasion at the Oxford Zodiac on 22 April 2007 resulted in a fan stealing Peñate's distortion pedal. After he'd realised it was missing he proclaimed, "D’you know what? Whoever's got it... keep it! Just make sure you play a Telecaster through it and not a Gibson!" [5]

  • Peñate was featured on BBC Three's coverage of the Glastonbury Festival on Friday 22 June 2007.
  • He has appeared at the Carling Weekend in Reading and Leeds. Two days after his performances at both festivals, he announced on a message on his MySpace that he would have to cancel two gigs the following week, due to severe damage to his throat which also resulted in him reducing his set length at the previous weekend's Carling Weekend.
  • On 8 December 2007 he performed on the Later... with Jools Holland show sharing a bill with David Gray, Rilo Kiley, The Coral, Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, amongst others.
  • During the summer of 2008, Jack Peñate played several live concerts with guest guitars from old school friend Felix White.[citation needed] This included Peñate's set at Reading of August this year.
  • Peñate has played gigs all over the UK on tour and has previously shared dates with his good friends Adele, and The Maccabees. Peñate played at the 2007 Oxegen festival in Kildare, Ireland.
  • Peñate was one of the contributors to the "Janie Jones" charity cover single.
  • He was featured at music night 'Songs in the Dark' run by Jeremy Warmsley and Simon Mastrantone.
  • Jack Peñate performed a cover of La Roux's "Bulletproof" at the Radio 1 Live Lounge.
  • On 3 July 2009, he played at The Roundhouse in Camden Town, as part of the iTunes live festivals month.
  • Throughout Peñate's second album tour in 2009, his bandmates included Jessie Ware on backing vocals, Kwes of Warp Records on keyboards / laptop and Tic of Young Turks Records on rhythm guitar.[6]
  • Jack Peñate, along with Chairlift, opened for The xx at the Central Park Summer Stage on Sunday 8 August 2010.



Album Album details UK
Matinée 7 1
Everything Is New
  • Released: 22 June 2009
  • Label: XL Recordings


Single Year UK
"Second, Minute or Hour" 2006 17 1
"Spit at Stars"[9][10]
"Torn on the Platform" 2007 7 1
"Have I Been a Fool" 73 3
"Tonight's Today" 2009 23
"Be the One" 35 3
"Pull My Heart Away" 99

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mervyn Peake biography - 1911-1968". mervynpeake.org. 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Jack Penate - Pull My Heart Away". idiomag. 18 August 2009. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Jack Penate Hits The Road". idiomag. 28 July 2009. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  4. ^ Penate, Jack (23 January 2012). "Jack Peñate - No One Lied". YouTube. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  5. ^ West, Marc (25 April 2007). "Jack Penate interview". BBC. Retrieved 14 October 2007. 
  6. ^ Stubbs, Stuart (January 2012). "KWES Interview". Loud and Quiet (34). Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Albums chart history for Jack Penate". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Singles chart history of Jack Penate". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Jack Penate discography". MusicBrainz. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Jack Penate discography". Discogs. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 

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