If you’re a fan of Aussie artists, then you might want to learn the name Jacob Lee – a Queensland singer taking the world by storm without the help of a major label.
Back in 2011, Aussie TV viewers were treated to footage of a young musician on The X Factor. Named Jacob Lee, the then 17-year-old made it through to the bootcamp stage before Guy Sebastian cast some doubt on his future.
A few years later, and with plenty more experience as a busker under his belt, Lee was ready to give it another crack. This time, he popped up on The Voice in 2014, finishing in the top six of will.i.am’s team.
Gaining recognition due to this appearance, Jacob Lee soon released his debut single as an independent artist. Before long, ‘Chariot’ was scoring plenty of airplay on Spotify and iTunes, and was making Lee an instant phenomenon around the world.
Within a few years, Lee had not only released a handful of EPs, but he had started releasing tracks from his debut album, Philosophy, which was unveiled in full last year.
Check out Jacob Lee’s ‘Chariot’:
Unleashed via his own Philosophical Records label, Lee managed to use this success as an independent artist to his advantage, building an organic, yet dedicated fanbase as time went on.
To give you just a small example of how popular Jacob Lee is, his Spotify artist page currently lists him as receiving over 1.3 million monthly listeners. By comparison, Sydney’s ARIA chart-toppers Gang Of Youths only command a comparatively low 900,000 listeners per month.
Boasting a massive 120 million streams across all streaming platforms, Lee’s heartfelt lyrics and powerful voice have managed to turn him from a young Queensland busker to that of an in-demand artist the world over.
With a European tour having wrapped up earlier this year, and a US tour booked in for July, Jacob Lee is set to turn 2019 into his biggest year yet. Add in the release of his new album, Conscience, and things are definitely looking good for the artist.
If you’re already a fan of Jacob Lee, then you know why he’s one of the fastest-rising Aussie artists on the scene. If you’re a newcomer, then familiarise yourself with his tunes below before he becomes a household name.