Having spent school days “looking out of the window”, Jack Savoretti first planned to become a footballer, before changing his mind after seeing 'The Graduate' at the age of 16, and falling in love with its Simon & Garfunkel soundtrack. While flying out to California to begin a new life as a film student, this ambition was dramatically thwarted.
It was September 11, 2001. “I woke up on a plane halfway across the Atlantic with military jets outside the window and the captain telling us the Pentagon had been hit, and the Twin Towers were no longer standing.” Fourteen frightening hours after taking off in Zurich, he was landing in Geneva. “My California dream came to a pretty abrupt end.” When he finally made it to Los Angeles, he fell in love with the city and its music. Encouraged by his mother, who had hung out with Hendrix and the Stones as a model, he picked up a guitar and began to write tunes for the poetry he had written at school.
The outcome was 'Between The Minds', a debut album that showcased Jack’s voice and knack for a catchy tune. Radio 2 loved it naming it their album of the week and soon after he was invited to tour Europe with Corinne Bailey Rae, culminating in a gig in at Hammersmith Apollo. His own headline tour ensued and he then became the first artist to do a tour of Caffe Nero branches, busking acoustically at 60 of them in just 30 days.
While Jack’s songs began to receive heavy support from US TV series One Tree Hill and Grey’s Anatomy, his second album Harder Than Easy failed to receive the support from his record label it deserved. He left his label and management, and became thoroughly disillusioned with the music biz at the age of 27. “I was seriously thinking about giving it all up,” he admits. He had just married, had a kid on the way, and hadn't written a new song in months. Then, contemplating his next move in the summer of 2011, a song came into his head. “I was thinking my career was over before it had really begun. Then this song came along and made me realise I wanted to make another album.”
That song, 'Knock Knock,' is one of the 13 songs that made up 'Before the Storm' Jack’s third album, which was released in 2013. It was recorded in just four days at KensalTown Studios and produced by The Suppliers, the Scandinavian collective behind a host of hits for artists including James Morrison and Jason Mraz. The album reached No. 1 in the UK Indie Breakers chart and last year toured with Bruce Springsteen in the UK and Jake Bugg throughout Europe. With a new EP, headline tours and many festivals planned, 2014 promises to be a breakthrough year for Jack Savoretti.