A plethora of gigs, 8 festivals, 4 releases, 1 year. Jack Woodward is on the up.

It has been a whole year since we covered Northern singer-songwriter Jack Woodward‘s emotionally raw single ‘Pray’. The track featured on his second EP Higher and received its debut play from Shell Zenner on Amazing Radio. Subsequently, Jack interviewed with Sean McGinty on BBC Introducing Lancashire. It didn’t take long for ‘Higher’ to reach 1500 streams on Spotify, and it has now racked up over 10,000 just one year later.

Spring saw a string of gigs in the North for Jack, stopping off at Wigan, Liverpool, Manchester and his hometown of Warrington. But it wasn’t all about the North for Jack as headed south in March to perform as a guest artist at the X Factor Live Tour in Brighton!

The third track on the Higher EP ‘Seven Seas’ finally received some radio spins in April, thanks to BBC Introducing Lancashire, ahead of Jack performing on the BBC Introducing stage at The National Festival of Making, Blackburn in May. Plus, Sean McGinty broadcasted 3 of the live songs on BBC Radio Lancashire. This performance kicked off another string of gigs around the North.

Jack’s next feel-good single ‘Rain’ was unleashed upon the world in June which received a play from Amazing Radio the following month as well as BBC Radio Lancashire in August and September. Back to July, however, festival season was in full swing for the northerner as he performed at Frodsham On The Hill, Monmouth Music, Bickerstock, Wigan Live, Goose Green and Bolton Food and Drink Festivals. Phew!

Jack finished off the summer by releasing double single ‘Look Looking Around’ which received radio plays from the usual suspects at Amazing Radio and BBC Introducing.

After a short, well-deserved break, Jack hit the road again in December to perform at Standish Live Festival as well as both Bramhall and Stockport Christmas Lights shows. To finish off the year the way it began, ‘Higher’ received the honour of featuring on BBC Introducing Lancashire’s ‘Best of 2018’ show with Sean McGinty.

So far this year, Jack has released his most recent single ‘How Can I Fall in Love’ which, of course, received its first play from Sean McGinty on BBC Introducing Lancashire. Jack divulged that the track was inspired by “failed relationships and the complications of finding love. That feeling that the stars won’t seem to align and you keep getting so close to being happy with someone and then messing it up.”

Last week, Jack played in Liverpool and Warrington, but you can still catch him in Manchester on the 20th February and 9th March. Plus, he’s already lined up to perform Lechdale Festival in May!

So how was the year for Jack Woodward himself? “Last year I played many festivals and shows, both solo and with my backing band, including a gig at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, Monmouth Festival, The Festival of Making for BBC Introducing in Lancashire and winning a national competition to perform on the X Factor Live Tour in Brighton to 4500 people! My single ‘Rain’ was released in June 2018 and was broadcast multiple times by BBC Introducing Lancashire and Amazing Radio. I also had a fantastic response to my indie-anthemic double single release ‘Look Looking Around’ which was released in September 2018, and was the 10th song that I had recorded with production duo Sugar House (Viola Beach, Pale Waves, Glass Caves). 

“On Friday 1st of February I released my new single ‘How Can I Fall in Love’ which showcases my transition from recent indie-anthemic tracks towards a singer-songwriter pop sound.  I wanted to strip things back instrumentally and melodically, and I was heavily influenced by great singer-songwriters such as Tom Odell, George Ezra, James Bay and John Mayer to create an organic and acoustic sound, with a clear melodic focus supported by a classic singer-songwriter accompaniment to enhance the emotion and message of the song.
“I recorded ‘How Can I Fall in Love’ at my old university, in the studios of Headingley Campus at Leeds Beckett University. Taking a lead in the creative direction and production of this song was a new challenge for me, but it proved to be worth it to create the sound that I feel is very natural to me and one that truly represents my musical vision.
“‘How Can I Fall in Love’ is the lead single from my upcoming 3rd EP of the same name. I look forward to sharing these new songs later this year, which will feature more of my own creative direction in the sound and production, and I’ll be playing plenty of live shows solo and with my band featuring my new material.”