By Jack Barnes

Singer, songwriter and revered live performer JACOB BANKS, today shares his powerful performance of his track “Mercy” filmed in Berlin, GE as part of the COLORS Berlin sessions. The video, recorded live, showcases Jacob’s enthralling voice and further cements his profile as one of the industry’s favorite breakout acts of 2017. “Mercy” is taken off Jacob’s debut label EP, The Boy Who Cried Freedom, which was released earlier this Spring.  Enjoy this video stream below after the jump.

Since the release of his EP in April, Jacob has been pumping out quality visuals to celebrate the release. Just last week he showed the world his film prowess with the thrilling video for single “Chainsmoking” which he wrote and co-directed himself. The video, which premiered via i-D Magazine.

After a round of spot dates in New York, Los Angeles and London – where Banks performed in front of sold out crowds – Jacob is now getting ready to hit the festival circuit this Summer and Fall. Banks will perform at major festivals including Monterey International Pop Festival’s 50th Anniversary, Firefly, Lollapalooza, The Meadows, Life is Beautiful, Austin City Limits and more. A full tour routing can be viewed below or found at
May 18 – Los Angeles, CA – Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever
June 17 – Monterey, CA – Monterey International Pop Festival
June 18 – Dover, DE –  Firefly Music Festival
June 22-25 – Rothbury, MI – Electric Forest Festival
August 4 – Cincinnati, OH – Fountain Square
August 5 – Chicago, IL –  Lollapalooza
August 6 – Montreal, QC – Osheaga Festival Musique et Arts
August 11-13 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival
September 15-17 – New York, NY – Meadows Music and Arts Festival
September 23 – Las Vegas, NV – Life is Beautiful Festival
October 6-8 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
October 30 – London, UK – Village Underground


Born in Nigeria, Jacob Banks moved to Birmingham in England at the age of 13. Not short of talent, the Brit dabbled in all forms of the creative arts and began singing, playing guitar, and writing songs at the age of 20. A music lover first and foremost, Banks got his start at open mic nights and quickly garnered a following for his commanding vocal presence and daringly intimate songwriting. His music features richly textured beats, with its 808s and synth play, African inspired grooves and a soulful disposition that culminates in an unstoppable new sound. Banks debuted with his EP The Monologue, earning feverish acclaim that saw him supporting artists such as Emeli Sandé, Sam Smith and Alicia Keys on tour around the U.K. Now, with The Boy Who CriedFreedom, Banks hopes to reenergize soul music for a new generation hoping to be their solace in hard times and a battery pack on a slow Monday morning.


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