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Giovanni "Jack" Savoretti (born 10 October 1983) is an English solo acoustic singer of Italian descent. He has released five studio albums to date: Between the Minds (2007), Harder Than Easy (2009), Before the Storm (2012), Written in Scars (2015) and Sleep No More (2016). Born to an Italian father and half-German, half-Polish mother, Savoretti grew up in London, before moving to Lugano, a Swiss city near the Italian border. Moving around Europe as a child, he ended up at The American School In Switzerland where he picked up an accent he describes as "transatlantic mutt".
Jack Savoretti, 2008
|Born||(1983-10-10) 10 October 1983 (age 35)|
|Genres||Acoustic, folk, pop|
|Instruments||Acoustic and electric guitar, piano, harmonica|
Giovanni "Jack" Savoretti (born 10 October 1983) is an English solo acoustic singer of Italian descent. He has released five studio albums to date: Between the Minds (2007), Harder Than Easy (2009), Before the Storm (2012), Written in Scars (2015) and Sleep No More (2016).
Born to an Italian father and half-German, half-Polish mother, Savoretti grew up in London, before moving to Lugano, a Swiss city near the Italian border. Moving around Europe as a child, he ended up at The American School In Switzerland where he picked up an accent he describes as "transatlantic mutt".
As a teenager, he was interested only in poetry. "I was writing all the time, it was the thing to do, sit under a tree with a notebook, go somewhere else in your head. I was in the clouds." When his mother gave him a guitar and suggested he try putting some of his words to music he was "surprised how much more people listen to you when you are singing than if you read a poem". "After that, I couldn't stop, it was constant writing, every day, it became almost a form of conversation, the way I interact with the world."
He began playing guitar at 16. Savoretti did two duets with Shelly Poole called "Anyday Now" and "Hope", both of which appear on Poole's album Hard Time for the Dreamer, which was released in September 2005.
Savoretti released his first single on 9 October 2006, called "Without". The video, filmed in Mallorca was directed by Oscar-nominated director Bobby Garabedian. The single charted at number 90 in the UK Singles Chart and was B-Listed on BBC Radio 2. His second single, "Dreamers", was less successful, reaching #123 in the UK Singles Chart; it was also playlisted on Radio 2. Savoretti was then spotted by Corinne Bailey Rae, who invited Savoretti to perform with her on her European tour. His album gained support on Radio 2, where it was declared Album of the Week. The album Between the Minds was released in March 2007, and it débuted at number 5 on the UK indie charts. On 6 August 2007 he made his television debut on GMTV, where he performed "Dr Frankenstein". Throughout February and March 2008, Savoretti embarked on a solo mini-tour of Caffè Nero bars in the UK.
After his Caffe Nero tour he re-released his debut album Between the Minds with a bonus disc with unplugged versions of some of his songs, three new songs, as well as a live cover version of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" on 31 March 2008. Four days later, on 4 April 2008, he made another television performance, performing "Gypsy Love" on This Morning.
Savoretti joined Steve Booker (writer of Duffy's "Mercy") to write the A-side to his single, "Gypsy Love", which captures the sincerity of Savoretti's song writing. Songs such as the A side of his single "One Man Band" are a testament to how he has spent the beginning of the year and an expression of the ability to showcase his voice without the support of a full band.
Two of his songs featured in series 5 of the hit TV series One Tree Hill. "Between the Minds" was featured in the episode "Cryin' Won't Help You Now", and "No One's Aware" was featured in the episode "What Do You Go Home To?" "No One's Aware" was also featured in the film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, which was released in August in the US and was released in the UK in January 2009. His song "Chemical Courage" was featured on the A&E television series The Cleaner. The track "Soldier's Eyes" from Between the Minds played over the closing credits of the second episode of the fifth series of Sons of Anarchy.
Savoretti toured Europe with Gavin DeGraw after he approached Savoretti asking him to be his support act. To coincide with Savoretti supporting DeGraw, Savoretti's debut album, Between the Minds, was released on all European iTunes Stores.
Savoretti's second album, Harder Than Easy, was due for release on 6 July 2009. The album release was postponed and is set to be released in North America on 15 September. On 14 April a new song called "Him & Her" was released through gigwise.com as a free download to launch the new album.
Savoretti wrote the track "One Day" specifically for the American film Post Grad, and a version of "One Day" is performed in the film by Zach Gilford's character. A "One Day" music video featuring Post Grad footage was released. The film was released in the USA on 21 August 2009.
On 2 February 2012 Savoretti released the song "Hate & Love", featuring Sienna Miller, followed by the first single, "Knock Knock", on 12 February. On 3 May Savoretti released a third single called "Take Me Home" along with a music video. A competition was set for fans to cover this song and submit to the Facebook page in order to win the chance to tour with Savoretti. The third album, Before the Storm, was released on 4 June. With his band, The Dirty Romantics, they recorded at Kensaltown Studios and mastered the LP at Abbey Road Studios. The album showed a new side to Savoretti, yet kept the same poetic charm seen in previous albums. Starting his UK leg of the tour at The Borderline, Savoretti showcased the new material whilst also appearing to have something else up his sleeve with a song called "Crazy Town". In the autumn of 2012, Jack co-wrote songs with Janet Devlin for her upcoming debut release.
Before the Storm re-ignited Savoretti's passion for songwriting, taught him how to put himself in his songs and, crucially, led him to the musicians who helped him helm Written in Scars — his fourth album and his first to be released by a major label, BMG Chrysalis, with whom he signed in 2014. Many of the songs on the album were co-written with Samuel Dixon and Matt Benbrook. The track "Wasted" featured Lissie and a deluxe version contained three acoustic tracks.
The singles "Tie Me Down", "Home" and "The Other Side of Love" were playlisted and championed by BBC Radio 2, where Savoretti appeared as a guest on the shows of Dermot O'Leary, Chris Evans and Richard Madeley. Savoretti also appeared on BBC One's The One Show on 20 February 2015 to perform his single "Home".
The official video for "Home" was filmed during a football match at the stadium of Genoa, Jack's hometown, fortunately Genoa won.
The official video for "The Other Side of Love' premièred in March 2015, and stars the actor Rafe Spall.
Written in Scars was released on 9 February 2015 on BMG Chrysalis. The album peaked in the official UK Albums Chart at number 7 registering 41 weeks to date. BBC Radio 2 made Written in Scars their Album of the Week on 1 February 2015, and Tesco also made it their Album of the Week on 10 April 2015.
To mark the album's release, Savoretti embarked on a sold-out headline UK and Ireland tour, which took in cities including Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin and Leeds before finishing with a sold-out show at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire, which was given a 4 star review by Emily Jupp of The Independent.
In 2016, Savoretti recorded a duet with Elisa, called "Waste Your Time on Me", on her album, On. He also had a sold-out show at the Hammersmith Apollo, and played at a special event in the centre of the elegant small Italian village of Portofino.
Savoretti's fifth album Sleep No More was released on 28 October 2016.
Savoretti's grandparents hid in the mountains near Genoa, Italy during World War II. His grandfather was posthumously recognised by the city as being the head of the partisan movement that freed Genoa and that area of Italy from fascism. Subsequently a street in Genoa has been named in his memory.
|2008||The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2||"No One's Aware"|
|2009||Post Grad||"One Day"|
|2008||One Tree Hill||"No One's Aware"|
|"Between the Minds"|
|The Cleaner||"Chemical Courage"|
|2009||One Tree Hill||"Wonder"|
|Grey's Anatomy||"Songs from Different Times"|
|One Tree Hill||"Mother"|
|2010||Grey's Anatomy||"Breaking News"|
|2011||"Harder Than Easy"|
|Greek||"Ring of Fire"|
|2012||The Vampire Diaries||"Hate and Love"|
|One Tree Hill||"Changes"|
|Sons of Anarchy||"Soldier's Eyes"|
|2016||Teen Wolf||"Fight Til' the end"|
|2017||The Royals||"Deep Waters"|
|2007||Top of the Pops 2||"Dreamers"|
|2008||This Morning||"Gypsy Love"|
|MDA Telethon||"Dr Frankenstein"|
|2012||Got to Dance||"Knock Knock"|
|Morgan Spurlock's New Britannia|
|The Xtra Factor||"Lifetime"|
|"Take Me Home"|
|"For the Last Time"|
|Freshly Squeezed||"Breaking the Rules"|
|2013||BBC Breakfast||"Not Worthy"|
|2014||Life's a Pitch||"Sweet Hurt", "Broken Glass"|
|Vintage TV||"Sweet Hurt"|
|2015||Sunday Brunch||"Written in Scars", "Back Where I Belong"|
|2016||The Graham Norton Show||"Catapult"|
|2016||The London Palladium||"Catapult"|
|2019||The Graham Norton Show||"Candlelight"|