Jacob Banks

  • United Kingdom
  • Modern-day soul crooner

A rolled-up woolly hat on his head, a deep gaze, a gold tooth. Those are Jacob Banks’ trademarks. But above all, it’s his velvet timbre, carved around a powerful and bewitching voice. Born in Nigeria, he soon became the new prince of soul in the United Kingdom, playing support for the likes of Emeli Sandé, Sam Smith and Alicia Keys, if you please. A crooner to the tips of his toes, this prophet of modern soul places the genre firmly at the crossroads between electro and hip-hop. His exalted soul music, richly textured beats and solar energy are all you need to face up to gloomy moments and get in the mood.