Jacob Whitesides To Tour With Ben Rector

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Jacob Whitesides announced on Aug. 5 that he will hit the road this fall with Ben Rector in support of his highly anticipated forthcoming debut album "Why?" due out September 9 on his very own Double U Records. 

A list of dates can be found below with more to be announced shortly. 

Jacob will be performing his current single "Lovesick," which reached #2 on iTunes' Singer/Songwriter chart and has garnered more than 2 million listens online.
"Why?," produced by Nashville-based David Spencer, showcases the soulful singing and songwriting of an 18-year old whose independent approach has captured the attention of critics and industry tastemakers as well as connecting with millions of fans around the world. 

"Why?" is available for preorder at iTunes.

The album is a powerful thirteen-track collection of songs, brimming with standouts like the finger-clicked soul-pop of "Lovesick" ("A fun song about getting in trouble with your girl") and "You Told Me So," which deeply reflects on the stresses of a long distance relationship. 

Whitesides' songs are, by and large, heartfelt and relatable. Sometimes they're lighthearted, but even when they're upbeat, there's often another level to the lyrics as the listener dives deeper into the music. 

"Love Slow" was inspired by the struggle of being 18 and in a relationship, and on "Bury Our Love" when he sings, "I was old before I was young" the line rings particularly true, echoing his musical talents and accomplishments.

Tickets and on-sale information can be found at jacobwhitesides.com.

Thu, Sep 22      Jefferson Theater     Charlottesville, VA
Fri, Sep 23      Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre     Charlotte, NC
Sat, Sep 24      Red Hat Amphitheater     Raleigh, NC
Thu, Sep 29      The Norva     Norfolk, VA
Fri, Sep 30      Chastain Park Amphitheatre     Atlanta, GA
Sat, Oct 01      House of Blues - Orlando Lake      Buena Vista, FL
Thu, Oct 06      Brady Theater      Tulsa, OK
Fri, Oct 07      Oklahoma Christian University      Edmond, OK
Sat, Oct 08      Baylor University - Waco Hall      Waco, TX
Sun, Oct 09      Rudder Auditorium - Texas A&M      College Station, TX

Jacob Whitesides has built an artist identity and brand as his own singer/songwriter and thought leader, alongside his ever-growing worldwide fan base. From being his own CEO (Double U Records, partnered with BMG) to creating unique fan interactions, live experiences & contests - Jacob, at 18, is challenging the music business as we know it.

Jacob and his younger sister were raised in humble upbringings by his strong, selfless mother in the smoky mountains outside of Knoxville, Tennessee. After learning guitar at a young age and honing his vocal skills, Jacob started winning over fans with cover videos and, soon after, his original songs. Jacob's undeniable talent, entrepreneurial skills, along with a genuinely devoted dialogue with his zealous fan base (aka Whitesiders), have led him to unprecedented independent success, including writing and recording two chart-topping EPs. Jacob's impressive social media numbers are not solely from one platform, but all of them and they continue to grow organically around the globe (2 million Twitter followers, 1.6 million Facebook likes, 1.3 million Instagram followers, 888K Vine followers, and 366K YouTube subscribers with over 15 million views). His international fan base spans beyond North America to everywhere from the Philippines to Portugal, Scandinavia to South America, UK to Lebanon, Europe to Australasia, and more. Jacob's first ever European tour (Copenhagen, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Cologne, Paris, Antwerp, and London) sold out all dates, with London and Paris declared SOLD OUT in only 8 minutes.

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