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OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresSoul, R&B
Years active1995 (1995)–2009 (2009)
Past membersHaydain Neale
Davide Direnzo
John Kanakis
Justin Abedin
Ron Lopata
Dave Murray
Brent Setterington
Adam Leo
Roger Travassos
Alistair Robertson

Jacksoul, sometimes stylized as jackSOUL, was a Canadian soul and R&B music group formed in 1995 in Toronto. The band was fronted by singer Haydain Neale and was a multi-recipient of the Juno Award.


In 1996, Jacksoul released their debut album, Absolute. The album featured the singles "Eastbound" and "Unconditional".

The band became best known for their hits "Can't Stop",[1] "Still Believe in Love", and "Somedays".[2]

Each of the band's albums were nominated for a Juno Award,[3] and the group won the award for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year in 2001, 2007 and 2010. The band won a Canadian Urban Music Award in 2004.

Neale was involved in a traffic accident on the evening of August 3, 2007, and was sent to hospital. On August 18, 2007, it was reported that Neale had been in a coma since the accident occurred.[4]

On October 1, 2007, jacksoul's official site announced that Neale had been making a very promising recovery to date, although he continued to be in the hospital. On January 30, 2008, a spokesperson for the family reported that Haydain Neale had continued to improve since the last official statement.

Following his recovery, Neale completed work on the album he had started to work on prior to the accident. On October 26, 2009, the band announced that the album, entitled SOULmate and to contain 10 new songs written before singer Neale's accident, would be released on December 1, 2009.[5] All profits from the album go to the Haydain Neale Family Trust.[6]

The first single, "Lonesome Highway", was made available on November 3, 2009.

On November 22, 2009, Haydain Neale died of lung cancer at Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital.[7]

In 2014, the band released a greatest hits compilation, which featured the previously unreleased songs "Got to Have It", "Whole Day" and "Spiralling".[8] The song "Got to Have It" garnered a Juno Award nomination for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2015.



  • Eastbound
  • Unconditional
  • I Know What You Want
  • Can't Stop
  • Somedays
  • Still Believe In Love
  • Shady Day
  • Lonesome Highway
  • All You Need
  • Got To Have It

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Guess Who, Murray McLauchlan Win Big At SOCAN". Chart Attack, November 20, 2001
  2. ^ "Jacksoul lead singer dies". CBC News. 2009-11-23. Retrieved 2010-02-13.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-12. Retrieved 2012-03-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Infantry, Ashante (2007-08-18). "Jacksoul singer in coma". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2010-02-13.
  5. ^ "Jacksoul to release 1st album since accident". CBC News. The Canadian Press. 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2010-02-13.
  6. ^ Patrick, Ryan B (2009-11-24). "Haydain Neale's Lonesome Highway". Exclaim!. Archived from the original on 2010-01-18. Retrieved 2010-02-13.
  7. ^ Kaszor, Daniel (2009-11-24). "Lead singer of Jacksoul dies of lung cancer". National Post. Retrieved 2010-02-13.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Jacksoul Details 'Greatest Hits' Compilation". Exclaim!, September 30, 2014.

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