Jacob Simpson, a contestant at the blind auditions on Saturday’s episode of The Voice UK, is in a (relatively) successful band.
The 21-year-old singer has plenty of experience playing to a live audience: in 2014, he and his band Jacob and Goliath performed at the British Summer Time festival at Hyde Park in London, taking to the stage after indie rockers Wheatus (of “Teenage Dirtbag” fame).
The group released a 3-song EP on Manchester-based indie label LAB Records in June 2014, before being dropped later that year. Then, a single, Long Ago, emerged in October 2016. They went dark for a year and a bit after that, but recently resurfaced with a new tune – presumably to take advantage of the publicity The Voice UK will – ahead of Jacob’s performance.