Imagine you live in the sleepy Northern market town of Ripon and one day your Dad brings home a pile of old 45's from the jukebox at the local pub. Now imagine that nestled in amongst the collection was Tutti Frutti by Little Richard and you've just put the needle on the record . . .
That's where it all started for singer/songwriter Ernie Jackson.
"IT WAS JUST INFECTIOUS AND I WANTED A PIECE OF THE ACTION."
With a bashed up guitar fished out of the attic Ernie set about emulating his musical heroes and with this, bad cover versions and bum chords followed. "I murdered everything; Bruce Springsteen, Bowie, Sam Cooke, The Beatles you name it. I used these artists to teach myself how to write my own songs, I'm a sucker for a great melody and super catchy hook”.
Late nights and early mornings followed cutting hedges, packing boxes, laying bricks and everything in between all to pay for his first classic 1952 Fender Telecaster.
"THIS BUSINESS IS HARD AND YOU HAVE TO LOVE IT - IT'S AN EAT, SLEEP, BREATHE IT KIND OF THING".
Fast forward a few second hand guitars, 1000 songs and a decade later. We find Ernie relocated to London about to release an exciting new single ‘Like You Used To’. The track is taken from an EP recorded with producer Adrian Hall (Anna Calvi, Simply Red, Alicia Keys) which is due for release at the end of the year.
"I'm proud of the recordings; they’re honest and reflect everything that has got me to this point right now. When you write a song that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and brings tears to your eyes it’s the best feeling. How could anyone not want to do that? It’s magic”.
'LIKE YOU USED TO' is available on iTunes now.
"Tunesmith of the highest order, worth getting excited about”
BBC Radio 1
"I love this"
Janice Long, BBC Radio 2
"Compelling energy . . . demands to be played over and over again"
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"The champion of upbeat, feel good pop songs"
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