Interivew with a fresh new face — Jacob Whitesides

Interivew with a fresh new face — Jacob Whitesides

Jacob Whitesides is not just another voice. The 17-year-old singer/songwriter from Knoxville is celebrating the release of his debut EP, A Piece of Me, and is currently on the road with Fifth Harmony.

The sold out tour stops in Houston for an all-ages show at Warehouse Live (813 Saint Emanuel Street, 713-225-5483) on Thursday, March 5. 







1. “Billboard (If I’m Honest)”

2. “Not My Type At All”

3. “Let’s Be Birds”

4. “Ohio”

5. “Words”

6. “Rumors.”


So who is Jacob Whitesides? Well, we are here to tell you he is something new and refreshing to the world of music. No gimmicks or outlandish antics needed for attention. He get’s it on his own with the lyrics and musical arrangements.

Don’t believe us? His YouTube videos have amassed more than 11 million views. Whitesides’ music shot into the iTunes Top 10 the week after the Grammy Awards reaching No. 5 on the Top Albums chart and No. 1 Singer/Songwriter. Numbers don’t lie.

The Examiner got a few minutes with the young star to talk the blueprint and future plans.

When did music become a part of your life?

I always loved music in general. My dad played in several bands and he would always play guitar to me. He was always listening to Gavin DeGraw, Jack Johnson, Maroon 5, and John Mayer, so I was around it a lot. We used to go to a lot of bluegrass festivals, which inspired me to start playing guitar. I was just a big music fan, yet I really didn’t want to be in music. As I kid, I was really into sports. I finally picked up a guitar on my 13th birthday, but I never wanted to sing because I was really shy and it took a girl to convince me to sing. She was obsessed with Justin Beiber and I wanted to be him so bad so I started posting singing videos and they got really good feedback. My confidence kept growing and my voice kept getting better.

Any writing secrets?

I am always writing, even if they are little ideas. It’s difficult to write on the road. With this tour beginning Feb. 14, we didn’t have much time. We started from scratch in January and spent an entire week writing music and pretty much used all the songs. Somehow we put an EP together in a little over a month and I am very happy the way it turned out. There’s not one song on the EP that I’m not happy with.

How have the live shows changed?

Performing live now is so much more fun. The songs I am performing are the ones that I have written and created, so I am proud of this tour. It’s an amazing feeling to see fans singing your own songs and not just covers.

What are your plans after the tour?

I had so much fun writing and recording the EP that I am going to go back to Nashville and start working on another record. I want to get back on the road after that and hopefully perform overseas.



Twitter: @jacobwhitesides

Instagram: @jacobwhitesides