Seventeen year-old singer/songwriter, Jacob Whitesides will release his first EP of original songs, A Piece Of Me, on February 14, 2015 and in a an age where most of his peers are releasing albums through major labels, Whitesides has chosen to release his, on his own, and through his own JW Records label for his fans. With its title voted on in only a few hours by nearly 150,000 of his Twitter followers, and saw him occupy three of the top four trending spots during that time, Whitesides has been slowly revealing the track listing to his over 1.42 million fans on Twitter.
The six song EP showcases his musical depth through the five original tracks he co-wrote, “Billboard (If I’m Honest)’” “Let’s Be Birds,” “Rumors,” “Ohio,” “Not My Type At All” along with, “Words,” which was released last November.
Whitesides’ mass appeal is undeniable and tells the story of an artist who has built a following entirely on his own and is deeply routed in his connection with his ever-growing international fan base. That fan base has skyrocketed to 1.42 million Twitter followers, increasing by roughly 20,0000 per week, almost 1.3 million Facebook likes, almost 900,000 Instagram fans, almost 700,000 Vine subscribers and over 10 million views on YouTube.
From his humble beginnings in Eastern Tennessee, Whitesides’ love for music began with listening to John Mayer who’s first release came out when Whitesides was only four years old. It’s only been just a few short years since Whitesides first taught himself how to play guitar and found the courage to sing and write. Now, he will bring his new original music to his fans with the release of A Piece Of Me. The tracks show his depth as a singer, songwriter, guitarist and lyricist, showing maturity well beyond his years with lyrics that speak directly to his enormous fan base.
Whitesides will be taking those new songs on the road as he headlines several acoustic dates to celebrate the release of his fan-titled EP. The tour will begin in his hometown of Knoxville, TN February 15, 2015. He will then go on to serve as direct support for the already sold out Fifth Harmony tour beginning February 27, 2015 in San Francisco, CA (all dates below).
JACOB WHITESIDES HEADLINE ACOUSTIC DATES:
Sun – February 15 – The Bijou Theater – Knoxville, TN
Mon – February 16 – The Castle Theater – Bloomington, IL
Tue – February 17 – Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO
Wed – February 18 – Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
Thu – February 19 – Slowdown – Omaha, NE
Fri – February 20 – The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
Sat – February 21 – The Aggie Theater – Fort Collins, CO
Tue – February 24 – Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
Wed – February 25 – The Rock – Tucson, AZ
FIFTH HARMONY TOUR DATES:
Fri – February 27 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
Sat – February 28 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Sun – March 01 – Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia
Wed – March 04 – Dallas, TX – South Side Music Hall
Thu – March 05 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Sat – March 07 – Ft Lauderdale, FL – Parker Playhouse
Mon – March 09 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
Tue – March 10 – Charlotte, NC – Amos’ South End
Wed – March 11 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva
Thu – March 12 – Richmond, VA – The National
Sat – March 14 – Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre
Sun – March 15 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room @ Old National Centre
Mon – March 16 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
Tue – March 17 – Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
Wed – March18 – Youngstown, OH – Stambaugh Auditorium
Fri – March 20 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre
Sat – March 21 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
Sun – March 22 – Mashantucket, CT – The Grand Theater at Foxwoods
Mon – March 23 – New York, NY – Best Buy Theater
Tue – March 24 – Boston, MA – Wilbur Theatre
Thu – March 26 – Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Fri – March 27 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
Find Jacob Whitesides Online:
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- Before You Exit to support Fifth Harmony on '5th Times a Charm' tour
- The Top 10 workout songs for March 2015 from RunHundred
- Chiodos 'The Undertaker's Thirst for Revenge Is Unquenchable (The Final Battle)' LIVE
- Interview with Chiodos frontman Craig Owens 4/22/14
- photos: GWAR live at The NorVa photo credit Horton Photography