Jack Savoretti

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Jack Savoretti rose to success in the late 2000s with a thoughtful, acoustic pop-driven sound that pulled as much from classic singer/songwriters of the 1970s as from the genre’s more contemporary acts that emerged around the turn of the millennium. The British musician’s early albums were aided by some key placements in television and film, including One Tree Hill and Sons of Anarchy. Heading into the 2010s, Savoretti began pairing up with popular European hitmakers to make albums like Before the Storm (2012) and Written in Scars (2014). The musical influence imparted to him by his Italian father began to emerge on later releases like 2019′s Singing to Strangers, which was recorded at famed composer Ennio Morricone’s studio in Rome. He also embraced a touch of disco on the 2021 Nile Rodgers-produced Europiana.
Of Italian and English extraction, Savoretti was first 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 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. His first full-length offering, Between the Minds, was released in 2007, and hit the Top 100 in the U.K. that year. His first solo tour 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 began to attract an American audience after a number of his songs were featured in movies and TV shows, including the 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 artists as Adele, Sia, Paolo Nutini, Jake Bugg, and Faithless — and saw Savoretti influenced for the first time by the ’60s and ’70s Italian pop music his father had loved. Once again working with Dixon and Benbrook, he returned just a year later with his fifth long-player, Sleep No More. For his next record, 2019′s Singing to Strangers, Savoretti decamped to Ennio Morricone’s studio in Rome, where he recorded underneath a church, adding an extra layer of atmosphere to the record. Looking to diversify his sound even further, Savoretti began working with Nile Rodgers for his seventh studio album, 2021′s Europiana, adding a touch of disco to the record. ~ Chris True & John D. Buchanan