Raised in Rumson, New Jersey, Jack had your average suburban upbringing for the earlier part of his life. “My dad plays the guitar, so there was a lot of music always playing in the house,” he recalls. “Bruce Springsteen lived down the street from me, plus coming from New Jersey you have to have a deep love for Springsteen.” In addition, Jack was a fan of avant-garde musicians like Prince and Lady Gaga, as well as Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake. “Justin Timberlake is one of my absolute idols,” Jack says. Coming from a musical family, Jack enrolled in theater classes and would even hold productions for his family at home. “I would hold these concerts and make my siblings flank me as backup dancers,” he says with a laugh. However, at the age of eleven, his parents divorced.
“I really felt like that was my moment of becoming a conscious human,” he remarks. To find solace, he started delving deeper into music, asking his mother to help him create a makeshift studio with a computer and recording software in their garage—where he could write and produce his own songs. “I would be there all day long,” Jack expresses. “I can't say how many all-nighters I've pulled making music in that garage.” Jack knew early on that music was his chosen career path, and he did everything in his power to pursue it. “My Mom would bring me to New York City for all of these auditions—for radio, boy bands, television, dance classes, you name it,” he remembers. “I had the best Mom-ager.”
He enrolled in Berklee College of Music, majoring in Music and Production, and during his second year, Jack studied abroad in Valencia. “That semester changed my life,” he admits. When he returned home, he was working odd jobs in food services, even cleaning bathrooms for a seafood restaurant. “I knew something had to change,” he continues. It was then that he made a life-changing decision. “I told my family, ‘Look, I am switching to online studies and moving to Los Angeles.’ I didn’t ask them, I told them.” At 21 years old, he hopped in his car and drove across the country. Once he reached California, everything changed.
“I just felt better knowing I could do whatever I wanted to make me happy without the pressure to be anyone other than who I am,” he expresses. Continuing his studies at Berklee, he cut several songs, which grabbed the attention of reality songwriting competition series Songland. Jack was a part of the first season, working with Country singer/songwriter/producer Shane McAnally as his episode’s coach turned mentor in real life. As a finalist for his episode, Jack and Shane cut the smooth song “Lying (Next To You)” which cracked the one million mark on streaming platforms. The cut had elements of everything from Country to Trap, which truly displayed Jack’s versatility. He signed a publishing deal with Smack Songs, and through the process of writing and recording songs, grabbed the attention of 12Tone Music. “I actually signed my deal at the heart of the pandemic,” Jack explains.
To start 2021, Jack delivers the impactful anthem “The Year The World Stood Still,” a song about the realization that sometimes hitting pause is vital. Much more than a song of the moment, the track carries into the concept of what happens even after this all over. “I remember writing this song thinking, ‘I’m in my 20’s and right now I should be having the time of my life,” he adds, “and I couldn’t do any of that.’” It’s inspirational but also poignant, while bringing together all of the elements of a solid Pop song. It’s something Jack Newsome knows how to do quite well. “I hope that for years to come, people will hear this song and just reflect on how far we’ve come,” he says. This will be the first of many musical offerings that Jack has in the pipeline for 2021. But above all, his goal is to make music that speaks to different generations who can all understand the same sentiment. “Whatever I do, I want it to be embraced by a lot of different people,” he adds. “I'm excited for what comes next.”
January 8, 2020