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Jacob Whitesides to Release ‘Why?’ September 9, 2016, Video for “Focus” Premieres Today‏

Jacob Whitesides will release his long-awaited debut solo album Why? on Friday, September 9th via Double U Records. The album, 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 today at iTunes.  A full tracklisting can be found below.

Why? 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.

“I feel like I’ve come a long way since I first learned to write and play music,” said Whitesides. “My fans have been with me since the beginning of this journey and I’m excited that I get to finally share my album with all of them.”

Today Whitesides also unveiled a new music video for his song “Focus”. The clip, shot in just one continuous take, features a steadfast performance amidst an array of unpredictable distractions invading the screen throughout. Watch the video now HERE.

Why? Tracklisting

1. Focus

2. Heartbeat

3. She Ain’t Got A Thing

4. Jaded Love

5. Levitate

6. Bury Our Love

7. Hold on Honey

8. Love Slow

9. Why

10. Lovesick

11. Black and Blue

12. You Told Me So

13. Open Book

The Lovesick World Tour

July 10, 2016

Lansing, MI

Common Ground Music Festival

July 16, 2016

Denver, CO

Elitch Gardens

August 10, 2016

Atlanta, GA


August 11, 2016

Orlando, FL

The Social

August 13, 2016

Ft. Lauderdale

Culture Room

August 16, 2016

Knoxville, TN

Bijou Theatre

October 14, 2016

London, UK


October 15, 2016

Paris, France

La Cigale

October 17, 2016

Amsterdam, Holland

Melkweg Oude Zaal

October 19, 2016

Stockholm, Sweden

Fryshuset Klubben

October 21, 2016

Berlin, Germany

Columbia Theater

October 24, 2016

Madrid, Spain


October 25, 2016

Lisbon, Portugal

Aula Magna

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