Modern Poet Jacob Banks
Wordsmith, storyteller, lyricist, poet… These are all words that come to mind when I think of Jacob Banks. With one of the most thrilling voices you’ll hear in a while, this self-taught musician has introduced the world to his new signature sound – what he calls “digital soul.” His voice will surely get you excited for a new era of soul.
By Mayillah Ezekiel
Photographer John Londono
Editorial shot with Fujifilm GFX50S Camera
With a voice that will definitely stop listeners in their tracks, his latest EP also puts a spotlight on his songwriting skills. A true poet, Banks has mastered the art of writing and creating with emotion, metaphors, and verbalization that are so exquisite they’ll make you visualize the story, which only a great and genuine artist can do. By beautifully combining synth and soul, the Nigerian-born British singer is quickly gaining recognition. His impeccable artistry has not only propelled him to tour with Alicia Keys and Emile Sande in the U.K., he is also currently taking his cinematic, genre-bending style all over the world.
If you haven’t discovered him yet, I urge you to listen to his latest and third EP, “The Boy Who Cried Freedom,” following his releases of “The Paradox” and “The Monologue.” Banks describes his music as being a medium for expressing his thoughts, which you’ll certainly feel. His most recent EP bares his personal struggles to the world, as well as how he dealt with them.
“I think the epicness of my songs partly comes from being African — that really heavy, four-on-the-floor, foot-thumping, warrior kind of vibe has a lot to do with where I’m from.”
You’ll instantly fall for his bold and honest songwriting, textured beats, commanding vocal presence, and unstoppable new sound.
Lucky for us, he performed on November 24th in Toronto at The Drake and in Montreal on the 25th at Le Belmont sur le Boulevard.