Of Italian and English extraction, former poet-turned-acoustic singer/songwriter Jack Savoretti was given a guitar and encouraged to write music by his mother, a model who had hung out with Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones back in the '60s. His first single, Without, was released in late 2006. A minor hit on the U.K.'s premier MOR station, BBC Radio 2, it was enough to attract the attention of Corinne Bailey Rae, who asked Savoretti to join her on her European tour that year. Savoretti's first full-length offering, Between the Minds, was released in 2007, and was a Top 100 charter in the U.K. that year. His first solo tour -- of the coffee shop chain Caffè Nero -- kicked off in early 2008 and was followed by the re-release of his debut album, this time featuring a bonus disc of acoustic versions. Savoretti started to become well-known in the U.S. after a number of his songs were featured in movies and TV shows, including the colossally successful romantic teen drama series One Tree Hill. Despite his second album, 2009's Harder than Easy, being recorded with a stellar lineup including members of Tom Waits' band and Counting Crows, and mixed by Grammy winner Jack Joseph Puig, it was not promoted the way he would have liked, being released in the U.S. only as a download. He parted ways with his label and management and almost quit the music business altogether before being bitten by the songwriting bug once again and going on to write a third album. The result, 2012's Before the Storm, produced by Swedish hit factory the Suppliers and recorded in just four days, received a generally positive critical response and reinvigorated Savoretti's career. In 2014, he signed with a major label (BMG) for the first time, and started work on a fourth album. Released early the following year, Written in Scars was co-penned by Sam Dixon and Matt Benbrook -- who between them had worked with such names as Adele, Sia, Paolo Nutini, Jake Bugg, and Faithless -- and saw Savoretti taking influence for the first time from the '60s & '70s Italian pop music his father had loved. Savoretti returned just a year later with his fifth album, Sleep No More, which saw him once again working with Sam Dixon and Matt Benbrook. ~ Chris True & John D. Buchanan
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Pop - Released March 5, 2007 | De Angelis Records
Having performed with Corinne Bailey Rae on her European tour, Jack Savoretti released his debut album Between the Minds. From a young man who claimed he wrote poetry as a child and never even picked up a guitar until he was 16 years old, and having found that more people listened to him when he sang than if he recited poetry, it was a remarkably assured debut. 2007, however, was possibly the wrong time to release an album of acoustic ballads sung with a gruff voice -- almost Leonard Cohen-ish in quality but in a higher register -- for there were already a plethora of singer/songwriters in this genre, including Damien Rice, Ray LaMontagne, and Ben Harper, not to mention the kings of 2000s acoustic songwriting David Gray and James Blunt producing very similar albums. Consequently, Between the Minds got a little lost in the crowd, peaking at number 70 in the charts for just one week. After four songs, all acoustic ballads with a simple guitar picking backing, the track "Without" came along and introduced strings, followed by "Black Rain," which actually sped up the pace a little, but then it was back to one man and his guitar for "Apologies" and "Soldier's Eyes," a poignant antiwar tale, and "Chemical Courage." ~ Sharon Mawer
Pop - To be released March 15, 2019 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited
Italian-born, U.K.-based acoustic singer/songwriter Jack Savoretti presents his sixth full-length album, Singing to Strangers, the follow-up to his 2016 album Sleep No More. Recorded in Rome over the summer of 2018, Savoretti used Ennio Morricone's studio underneath a church to add an extra layer of atmosphere to the album. ~ Liam Martin
Pop - Released October 28, 2016 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd.
Sleep No More is the fifth album from singer/songwriter Jack Savoretti and follows 2015's Written in Scars. Working with a carried selection of producers, including Mark Ralph, Steve Robson, and Sam Dixon, the album sees Savoretti penning 12 original songs influenced by the foibles of modern life. ~ Rich Wilson
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