Jacob Banks

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Jacob Banks
Jacob Banks Piknik i Parken 2018 (194941)-2.jpg
Jacob Banks performing in 2018
Background information
Born (1991-07-24) 24 July 1991 (age 28)
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
Years active2012–present
Associated acts

Jacob Banks (born 24 July 1991) is a singer and songwriter from Nigeria but grew up in Birmingham.[2] Jacob Banks won the 2012 MOBO UnSung regional competition in Birmingham[3] and the Adidas "Are You In" music competition.[4] His music is influenced by a range of genres including soul, R&B and hip hop.[5] Banks is currently signed with American label Interscope Records.[1]

Music career[edit]

2012–present: Breakthrough[edit]

[6] The second release from The Monologue, titled "Worthy", was played by BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe as his "Next Hype" record on his Radio 1 show and received additional plays on 1Xtra, XFM, 6Music and Annie Nightingale.[7] In April 2013, Jacob played his first headline show at the London St Pancras Old Church.[8] He supported Emeli Sande on her April 2013 UK tour.[9] Banks features on Wretch 32's song "Doing OK", the second single from Wretch's forthcoming third studio album. Banks features on Chase and Status' "Alive" from their new album, Brand New Machine. He also supported them, on their Brand New Machine 2013 UK tour. Banks announced he was to release a joint EP featuring himself, Wretch 32 and George the Poet titled Gambling Man in 2013. However, this did not occur.[10] On 1 May 2014, his collaboration with All About She, "I Can Wait", was released for free download as part of their debut extended play Go Slow. Jacob has also worked with artists such as Chase & Status, Bondax, Jake Gosling, Knox Brown, Plan B and Wretch 32.[4]

On 21 July 2015, Banks' second extended play entitled The Paradox was released. It features a guest appearance from Odd Child Recordings rapper Avelino on the track "Monster".

In 2016, he was also featured on Norwegian production team Seeb release "What Do You Love". The song reached number 2 on VG-lista, the official Norwegian singles chart.[11]

On 9 March 2017, Banks premiered his two-part narrative video, written and co-directed by himself, for his single, "Unholy War".[12] The single is off his upcoming EP, 'The Boy Who Cried Freedom'.[12] In November 2018, he released his new album, "Village", which made #1 on new and upcoming albums on Spotify.

In popular culture[edit]

His song, "Monster 2.0" was featured in Codemasters game, Dirt 4.

His song, "Move With You" was featured in EA Sports game, FIFA 15.

In 2013, one of his songs, "Worthy", was played on the American TV series Suits in Season 3 Episode 9.

His song "Unknown" was featured in the Season 3 finale of the Starz TV series Power, and received viral attention for his tremendous voice. This attention led to the song "Monster" featuring in the first episode of Season 4 . In 2018, "Unknown" was featured during the TV Series Suits in Season 7 Episode 13

His song, "Monster" was used during the TV series "Quantico" in Season 1 Episode 2 which aired in October 2015.

In 2017, his song "Unholy War" was featured in the season finale of the TV series Redemption, Season 3 Episode 3 of the TV Series Lucifer and in the reveal trailer for the 2017 Need for Speed game, Need for Speed: Payback. In 2018, “Unholy War” was featured during the Season 1 finale of the TV series Black Lightning. It was also featured on Starz TV series Power.

In 2018 he penned and performed the song "In The Name of Love" for the movie The Equalizer 2.

His song, "Love Ain't Enough" was used in EA Sports game, FIFA 19.

His collaboration with X Ambassadors "Baptize Me" was featured in the 'Game of Thrones' soundtrack.

In 2018, "Unholy War" was used in the TV series "Queen of the South" in Season 3 Episode 5.



Title Album details

Extended plays[edit]

Title EP details
The Monologue
  • Released: 26 April 2013[14]
  • Label: Full + Bless, Renowned
  • Format: Digital download
The Paradox
  • Released: 21 July 2015[15]
  • Label: Full + Bless, Renowned
  • Format: Digital download
The Boy Who Cried Freedom
  • Released: 20 April 2017[16]
  • Label: Interscope
  • Format: Digital download


As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Kids On the Corner" 2013 The Monologue
"Move with You"[18] 2014 FIFA 15 (Soundtrack)
"Monster" (featuring Avelino) 2015 The Paradox
"Unholy War" 2017 The Boy Who Cried Freedom
"Unknown (To You)" Village
"Be Good to Me" (featuring Seinabo Sey) 2018

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK Dance
UK Indie
"Doing OK"
(Wretch 32 featuring Jacob Banks)
2014 60 8 12 N/A
(Chase & Status featuring Jacob Banks)
21 4 26 Brand New Machine
(Sigma with Diztortion featuring Jacob Banks)
2015 138 Life
"Love Me"
(WiDE AWAKE featuring Jacob Banks)
2016 N/A
"What Do You Love"
(Seeb featuring Jacob Banks)
2 21
(Seinabo Sey featuring Jacob Banks)
I'm a Dream
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other appearances[edit]

Year Song Album
2013 "Jail"
(Nick Brewer featuring Jacob Banks)
Flat 10 EP
2014 "I Can't Wait"
(All About She featuring Jacob Banks)
Go Slow EP
2015 "Blame it On Love"
(Uppermost featuring Jacob Banks)
New Moon EP


  1. ^ a b "Jacob Banks". Interscope Records. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
  2. ^ "Jacob Banks - Liverpool Sound City". Liverpool Sound City. Archived from the original on 2013-12-15. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  3. ^ Cofie, Bibi. "MOBO UnSung 2012: Artist Catchup". MOBO. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  4. ^ a b Hawkins, Shane. "New Noise: Jacob Banks". Wonderland. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  5. ^ Morris, Matt. "Jacob Banks - The Monologue (Full EP Stream)". Hypetrak. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  6. ^ Cochrane, Greg. "BBC Newsbeat - Introducing - Jacob Banks". BBC. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  7. ^ Collins, Hattie. "i-N Session: Jacob Banks". i-D Magazine. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  8. ^ Maz, Maz. "Jacob Banks Announces Headline Show". MTV The Wrap Up. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  9. ^ Hunger TV. "Jacob Banks: Worthy". Hunger Magazine. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  10. ^ Alya, Alya. "Music: Jacob Banks Interview". Live Magazine. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  11. ^ Hung, Steffen. "norwegiancharts.com - Discography Jacob Banks". norwegiancharts.com.
  12. ^ a b "Jacob Banks shares his stunning two-part 'Unholy War' video". Vaunter. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  13. ^ "Village by Jacob Banks". iTunes (US). Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  14. ^ "The Monologue by Jacob Banks". iTunes (UK). Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  15. ^ "The Paradox by Jacob Banks". iTunes (UK). Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  16. ^ "The Boy Who Cried Freedom by Jacob Banks". iTunes (UK). Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  17. ^ "Worthy - Single by Jacob Banks". Apple Music Preview. iTunes (UK). Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  18. ^ "Move With You - Single by Jacob Banks". Apple Music Preview. iTunes (UK). Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  19. ^ Peak positions for the featured singles in the UK:
  20. ^ Peak positions for the dance singles in the UK:
  21. ^ Peak positions for the indie singles in the UK:
  22. ^ Peak positions for the R&B singles in the UK:
  23. ^ Peak positions for singles in Scotland:
  24. ^ "IFPI". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved February 16, 2018.

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