While for some, it might seem there’s been a sudden influx of Scottish singer-songwriters gracing both our screens and airwaves of late, there’s those in the know that understand they’ve always been there, you just haven’t been looking hard enough.
Glasgow’s Jonny Jack is one such artist. Having grown up on a steady diet of Ray Charles, Neil Young and Joe Cocker, the Scottish troubadour succeeds in channelling the timeless aesthetic of his heroes while also providing it with a distinctly modern twist.
The result is Jack’s own brand of bright and bombastic technicolour pop that harbours more than a degree of soul. His latest single, a rerelease of 2019’s ‘Give It All’ is three minutes of bold brass and effortless Timberlake-esque vocals.
“Give It All is about a decision to commit to truth and the stripping away of anything standing in the way of that truth” explains Jack “For me, it was written as a longing to acknowledge the limitless potential within everybody to achieve their true calling in life if they only decide to completely commit to it. It’s having the vision and putting the work in. It’s trusting the heart when sometimes it doesn’t make sense to the head. It’s what I try to do in my life on a daily basis!”
It’s an important message, especially now. Having just been through months of uncertainty, the world could do with something they could rely on. What better than their own heart and instincts?
We asked Jonny some questions following the track’s release:
Introduce yourself in less than 10 words…..
I write and play naked, hooky, soul pop
What made you want to get into music?
It’s like real magic to me, that was how it felt when I started and I still feel that today. It’s the play of making something out of nothing that means something to me and then sharing it with other people. And when people tell you the songs mean something to them, it just blows my mind and I feel so thankful and alive when I have those experiences.
What has been the best gig you’ve ever played and why?
One of the best gigs was The Troubadour on Old Brompton Road in London a couple of years back. The venue was packed with people representing what seemed like every nationality on earth and there was so much good energy in the place. I was genuinely blown away with the reception and just so grateful to have been part of it. It was the last night of a mini-tour and my brother met his soon-to-be wife that night, so it holds a magical space in my memory for sure!
What was the last track you played on Spotify?
Daniel Docherty – Something Beautiful
What would be on your rider?
I don’t think I could ever be ‘that person’ but if I had to be… Almond butter. Multiple jars. I’ve been told I’ve developed rather unhealthy obsession with the stuff lately…
What other talents do you have? (kazop playing, champion toast burner….
I think it’s fair to say that I have an outstanding ability for household chore avoidance, some say I’m at an elite level.
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
Improved streaming royalties for songwriters!! 🙂
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Stand up straight with your shoulders back.
If you could open for any band / act / solo artist who would it be?
What’s the scene like where you are from?
It’s amazing right now, probably the best it has ever been. I keep discovering genuinely brilliant music that I love almost every other week, people like Kyle Falconer, Lizzie Reid and Russell Stewart are all on fire and releasing music recently.
Talk us through the new track / video
Give It All is about a decision to commit to truth and the stripping away of anything standing in the way of that truth. For me, it was written as a longing to acknowledge the limitless potential within everybody to achieve their true calling in life if they only decide to completely commit to it. It’s having the vision and putting the work in. It’s trusting the heart when sometimes it doesn’t make sense to the head. It’s what I try to do in my life on a daily basis!
I suppose the video follows on from that, it’s a guy taking off the mask and committing to a higher way of living.
Where can we find out more? (also flog us some merch we love tees…..)