Jack Rubinacci

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Jack Rubinacci
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Black and White Portrait of artist Jack Rubinacci 2015
Background information
Birth name Giuliano Alberto Brian Rubinacci
Born (1975-08-31) 31 August 1975 (age 41)
Origin Rome, Italy (Based in Norway)
Genres Alternative, indie rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, drums, bass
Years active 1989–present
Labels Rar Records
Website www.JackRubinacci.com

Jack Rubinacci (born Giuliano Alberto Brian Rubinacci 31 August 1975) is an Anglo-Italian singer, musician and songwriter. His songs have been recorded or covered by several different well-known artists throughout the world.


Rubinacci was born in Trastevere Rome, Italy. He moved to England at the age of 2, spending most of his childhood following his mother around where her work as an English school teacher took her, including Sicily and Birmingham.[1]

Aged 11 he met his father for the first time who worked as a piano bar player in Rome and was previously lead singer and bass player in the popular Italian band I Romans.[2] At 14, Rubinacci followed in his father's footsteps and started writing songs and performing in school bands. His first ever performance on stage was at his school's annual music night, and can be found on YouTube.[3]

In his early 20s Rubinacci became lead singer and songwriter for Honeyman, a popular Birmingham, UK based alternative band. In 2010 a YouTube documentary charting the first year of the bands rise was released.[4]

At 24, after having studied the history art at University of Central England, Rubinacci went solo and toured as the opening act for many international artists including, Jackson Browne, Joe Cocker, The Script, Scottish folk legend John Martyn, Tom McRae, J.D. Souther, White Lies, Dar Williams, Thea Gilmore, Ben Christophers, All About Eve and Rodrigo y Gabriela.

In 2005 Rubinacci appeared on Italian TV as a guest on Destinazione San Remo.[5] In 2006 after a show, Rubinacci was approached by an investor who helped Rubinacci create his own record company, RAR Records. When it came to choose a producer for his debut album, Rubinacci approached his main choice, Tchad Blake (Pearl Jam, Paul Simon, Arctic Monkeys). Blake described Rubinacci's song writing as some of the best he'd heard in long time.[6] The album was recorded at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studio with Jerry Marotta (Paul McCartney, Tears For Fears, Suzanne Vega) on drums, and was mastered at Abbey Road Studio, London.

Rubinacci's debut album received mostly positive reviews.

  • "If you’ve not heard of Rubinacci, its about time", Drammens Tidende.[7]
  • "Rubinacci has a long career in front of him", Tonsberg Blad[8]
  • "A good debut album from an artist we must hear more from", Varden.[9]
  • "Full of emotion and craft". Fredriksstad Blad[10]
  • "Whilst Rubinacci has a good voice and an obvious talent for songwriting, some of his lyrics are clichéd". Dagbladet.[11]

In September 2008 Rubinacci signed a tour deal with a clothes retailer in Norway.[12] The collaboration between an artist and a clothes retailer was the first of its kind in Norway and created a large amount of media interest.[13]

After an extensive tour for his debut album in 2008/9, Jack returned home and began writing his second album originally entitled The Glacier Bridge. However, both the title and the themes for the album changed when Rubinacci unexpectedly lost his best friend during the writing sessions. The album became The Opal Tree, and dealt with Rubinacci's struggle to understand the loss of his friend. The title for the album came from the name of the tree Rubinacci planted in his garden the day after he heard the news of his friend.[14][15]

He recorded his second album in Washington, DC, with Danish record producer Thomas Johansen and like his first was well received by music critics.[16]

Rubinacci's albums have now been sold and downloaded over 30,000 times.[17] As of 2015, a total 8 songs from his first two albums have been repeatedly played on various radio stations around the world including France, Italy, Norway and Asia. A further 4 songs from the first two albums have been covered by major label artists.

In June 2012 Rubinacci was featured on the front page of Yahoo News in France as "International Discovery of the Week". His first single received positive reviews in France and was featured prominently on various radio stations there.[18]

In the same month, Jack recorded a duet with rising Italian star Davide Mogavero. The song was written by Jack and was asked to guest on the track and also in the video. In total Mogavero would go on to record a total of seven Rubinacci songs, some of which date back to his early 20s, written whilst lead singer of Honeyman.

In October 2012 Jack was asked to open for Lionel Richie at Oslo Spektrum. Jack performed again at Oslo Spektrum in March 2014, this time opening for The Dixie Chicks at a sold out show

In the summer of 2014 Jack opened the largest and most important music festival in Norway, Norwegian Wood, opening for headline act Arcade Fire on The Reflektor Tour

Rubinacci's last single was recorded in Belgium with members of the popular Belgium band Clouseau . The song called "I Dreamt I Made Love To Regina Spektor" heavily divided fans and critics alike due to its subject matter, with some thinking it in bad taste, while others praising its quirkiness and performance.

In June 2015 Davide Mogavero reached No. 1 on the album charts in Italy with his second album. The 8 track album includes a song written by Rubinacci. Again, like other songs recorded by Mogavero on his debut album, this song was taken from a batch of songs Rubinacci wrote whilst lead singer of Honeyman, and therefore at the start of his twenties.[19]


  • The Boys at Twilight 2008
  • The Opal Tree 2012

Song writing and covers[edit]

Rubinacci has had his songs covered and recorded by several well-known artists.[20][21][22][23][24][25][26] Most recently Asian super star A-do, covered one of Rubinacci's songs on his new album gaining positive critical acclaim in Asia.

In 2011 Rubinacci co wrote a song with Mogol, who is widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in the history of Italian music. The song "You Shine" is featured on the debut album by the popular Italian duo I Btwins.[27]

Song writing[edit]

  1. "Amore in Ogni Cosa". Artist: Carlotta. Album: Promessa. 2002 (Italy)
  2. "掛失/The Darkest Sun". Artist: A Do. Album: 9th Time Falling In Love. 2012. (Asia)
  3. "好久-坤哥". Artist: Ken Yang. 2012. (Asia)
  4. "One Night Symphony". Abi F. Jones. 2012. (UK)
  5. "Following A Light". James BKS. 2012 (USA)
  6. "Chocolate Covered Kiss". Artist: BTwins. Album: Dance Floor. 2012. (Italy)
  7. "How Do You Say Goodbye". Artist: BTwins. Album: Dance Floor. 2012. (Italy)
  8. "Slow Down". Artist: BTwins. Album: Dance Floor. 2012. (Italy)
  9. "Girl". Artist: BTwins. Album: Dance Floor. 2012. (Italy)
  10. "Dance Floor". Artist: BTwins. Album: Dance Floor. 2012. (Italy)
  11. "So Close To Love". Artist: BTwins. Album: Dance Floor. 2012. (Italy)
  12. "Benvenuto Al Mondo". Artist: Davide Mogavero. Album: Benvenuto Al Mondo. 2012. (Italy)
  13. "She Makes Me". Artist: Davide Mogavero. Album: Benvenuto Al Mondo. 2012. (Italy)
  14. "Take Me". Artist: Davide Mogavero. Album: Benvenuto Al Mondo. 2012. (Italy)
  15. "If I Could Only Keep My Head". Artist: Davide Mogavero. 2012 (Italy)
  16. "Brilli (You Shine)". Artist: BTwins. Album: BTwins. 2011
  17. "You Shine". Artist: BTwins. Album: BTwins. 2011. (Italy)
  18. "Ora". Artist: Davide Mogavero. 2012. (Italy)
  19. "Anna C'e". Artist: Davide Mogavero. 2012. (Italy)
  20. "Already Gone". Artist: Rex Riot. 2013. (USA)
  21. "In The Light Of Day". Artist: Rex Riot. 2013. (USA)
  22. "By The Gate". Artist: Davide Mogavero. 2015. (Italy)


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  2. ^ "Jack Rubinacci - Heart & Mind (free download)". nuovamusica.net (in Italian). 21 May 2008. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  3. ^ 14 year old Jack Rubinacci. First Ever Performance on Stage. YouTube. 3 August 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Bands to Watch: Jack Rubinacci". ZME Music. 8 May 2008. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Rai 2" (in Italian). Destinazionesanremo.rai.it. 21 June 2011. Archived from the original on 5 March 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Jack Rubinacci LIVE!!" (in Norwegian). NRK Nyheter. 15 August 2007. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Rubinacci turnerer i Drammen". Drammens Tidende (in Norwegian). 13 March 2009. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  8. ^ Tonsberg Blad[dead link]
  9. ^ varden.no Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Vestby, Ole-Morten (8 July 2008). "Passe fengende - passe sært". Fredriksstad Blad (in Norwegian). Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  11. ^ Rønning, Øyvind (10 July 2008). "Jack Rubinacci: Blass A4-pop fra Drammen". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  12. ^ "20.000 solgte debutalbum". Drammens Tidende (in Norwegian). Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  13. ^ "Rubinacci turnerer i Drammen". Drammens Tidende (in Norwegian). 13 March 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  14. ^ "In depth article about Jack's life in By Avisa". Avisa. 12 March 2012. 
  15. ^ "Jack Rubinacci i Portrettet". TV Buskerud. 4 April 2011. 
  16. ^ "Thomas Johansen Record Producer". Thomasjohansen.com. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  17. ^ "Free Download of Jack's Debut Album Now Stopped. Over 10,000 downloads". Jack Rubinacci. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  18. ^ "Dcouvrez la belle pop de Jack Rubinacci". chartsinfrance.net. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  19. ^ "Davide Mogavero - C'è ancora tempo". EarOne. 3 June 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  20. ^ Billy Koh
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  25. ^ "阿杜內地宣傳6 月展開 《 Valentine's Day 》成熱播金曲". Yes娛樂. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
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  27. ^ [1][dead link]

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