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Jack Peñate

g, p, voc, *1984 GB, Blackheath, West Midlands
Singer / Musician / Songwriter of Rock

Born 1985, Jack Peñate is a singer/songwriter from Blackheath in South London. He is the grandson of Mervyn Peake, author and illustrator of The Gormenghast Trilogy. Along with the likes of Lily Allen, Jamie T, Kate Nash and Adele, he is often included in the "Estuary English" pack of UK musicians - the 2006/2007 UK trend of young musicians "discovered on MySpace", characterised by ska influences, songs of everyday tales and singing in cockney/London accents (often of dubious authenticity). At 17 he started the band Jack's Basement with his friend Felix White. The band split in two, one half going on to form The Maccabees, the other half forming Jack Peñate's backing band, with Joel Porter (bass) and Alex Robins (drums). Having started a Classics degree at UCL, Jack hooked up with London indie club and label, Young Turks and his studies were dropped in favour of a music career. In autumn 2006, Peñate signed to XL Recordings who have delivered main-stream success with the release of his debut album Matinée. His eclectic mix of styles incorporates elements of his varied influences which range from rockabilly and folk to jazz and trip-hop, leading to him being labelled "the missing link between Jeff Buckley and Justin Timberlake". He lists Prince, Jeff Buckley, Shuggie Otis, Todd Rundgren, J.J. Cale and Herbie Hancock among his influences. His live performances are characterised by his much commented, unique style of high energy dancing whilst playing guitar.

  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Vocals
  • Rock
  • Electronic
  • Pop
  • Folk
  • World
Popular Tracks   
Torn on the Platform on Matinée by Jack Peñate
Second, Minute or Hour on Matinée by Jack Peñate
Pull My Heart Away on Everything Is New by Jack Peñate
Tonight's Today on Everything Is New by Jack Peñate
Have I Been a Fool on Matinée by Jack Peñate
Murder on After You by Jack Peñate
Be the One on Everything Is New by Jack Peñate
Prayer on After You by Jack Peñate
Crumbs on Crumbs by Jack Peñate
Spit at Stars on Matinée by Jack Peñate

Track list and 30sec audio provided by


Title Artist Year Type
Be The OneJack Peñate2009Single
Pull My Heart AwayJack Peñate2009Album
The Black SessionsJack Peñate2009Album
Everything Is NewJack Peñate2009Album
Tonight's TodayJack Peñate2009Album
Spit At Stars E.P.Jack Peñate2007Single
Torn On The PlatformJack Peñate2007Single
Have I Been A Fool?Jack Peñate2007Single
MatinéeJack Peñate2007Album
Second, Minute Or HourJack Peñate2006Single
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