Jacob Whitesides

Air Date: 07-24-15

Singer/songwriter Jacob Whitesides was an underdog fighter from the start. Jacob and his sister were raised in humble upbringings by their strong, selfless mother Becky, in the smoky mountains outside of Knoxville, Tennessee. After learning guitar at a young age and honing in on his vocal skills, Jacob started winning over the Youtube community with his cover videos and, soon after, his original songs.

Jacob’s undeniable talent, entrepreneurial skills, along with a genuinely devoted dialogue with his devoted fan base (aka Whitesiders), have led him to an unprecedented independent success. His fans are deeply engaged, frequently selling out shows and VIP upgrades for the chance to spend quality time with Jacob. Jacob’s impressive social media numbers continue to grow organically around the globe (1.6 million Twitter followers, 1.4 million Facebook likes, 972K Instagram followers, 305K Youtube subscribers). His EP A Piece Of Me which he self-released in February of 2015 reached #5 on the iTunes Overall Albums chart in the USA, and spent days at #1 on the iTunes Singer Songwriter chart.

His international fan base spans far beyond North America to everywhere from the Philippines to Portugal, Scandinavia to South America, UK to Lebanon, Europe to Australasia, and more. In May, he completed his first ever European tour (Copenhagen, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Cologne, Paris, Antwerp, London) with all dates selling out and London, Paris and Amsterdam declared SOLD OUT in only 8 minutes. Later this summer (July-August), Jacob will tour North America as direct support on the R5 “Sometime Last Night” tour. At the end of May 2015, BMG announced their partnership with Jacob and the formation of his own label, Double U Records, for which he will serve as CEO, a ground breaking statement for a 17 year old entrepreneur, let alone a chart-topping recording artist.