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Jake Aldridge

Photography by Haleana Knights – www.haleanaknights.com

Bounce Magazine speaks local singer songwriter Jake Aldridge about his journey so far and recent award win…

R: Hey Jake, thanks for speaking to us at Bounce today.

Aw, thank you also, I’m excited to be talking with you guys!

R: So, we knew each other as kids. We went to the same school and you and your brother came to my dad’s martial art Classes. Back then, did you ever think you’d end up becoming a musician?

That’s right, it feels like a life time ago now right? No, to be honest, at that time, I wasn’t even writing lyrics. It does take me back to a very happy time in my life though!

R: You’ve had some very tough challenges growing up, things which can sometimes steer people down the wrong path, how did you get through it?

That’s true. My father passed away unexpectedly, when I was 11 years old. That’s impacted on my life in unimaginable ways. Despite that, I know there are many people who have been through so much worse. There are also many people who will still have their father’s alive today, yet may never get to experience the kind of love I had in those 11 years that my father was alive. My mum was incredible too, bringing us up on her own in the years after and giving us enough love and support for two parents!

R: You’ve recently won the ‘NMG Audience Choice Award’, what was that like?

Oh it was incredible. It was like being at the Brit Awards or something. The event was amazing and winning was full proof of just how incredible my supporters are. I was up against 109 other phenomenal artist’s and bands from all over East Anglia. I was shocked to even be nominated, let alone to actually win it! I’m usually a second place kind of guy!

R: What are you currently working on?

I’ve just released a brand new single which is titled ‘Numb’. It features vocals from Kelly Jenns, along with production from ACJ Beats. My supporters seem to be loving it, and that’s such a great feeling ! The song is set for release via all digital channels on 5th November.

 

R: What’s been the highlight of your music career to date?

I would be tempted to say the NMG Award win, but do you know what… I think the real highlight was probably playing my mum a song that I wrote specifically for her as a thank you for everything she has done for us when we were growing up. I feel like at that time, I wasn’t strong enough to sit her down and really thank her in a traditional way. However, the fact that I could do it via a song, made it easier for me and all the more meaningful for her. It was a beautiful moment.

R: If people want to listen to your music how can they find it?

The best place is via my website which is www.jakealdridge.com or my social media accounts.

Photography by Haleana Knights – www.haleanaknights.com

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