Happy Monday and 1st of the month, readers!
Meet our new Music Monday artist of the week – Jack Newsome.
Jack first began his career with NY5 – a boy band project based in Manhattan, NY. Soon after, he was contacted by another band from across the pond called New District. He worked with them in Berlin, Germany for a little over year before pursuing a solo career. That decision suited him well considering his array of talents including dancing, singing, writing, producing, acting and more. He’s literally a jack-of-all-trades.
With his new EP officially out, this New Jersey native is ready to kick the pop music standard up a notch. Celeb Secrets recently caught up with the 19-year-old artist to talk about his new EP Medicine, his fans aka Newsome Crew, the process behind his amazing music, unicycles and more! Check out the exclusive Q&A below!
For more information on Jack Newsome or to purchase his latest EP Medicine, visit his official site here.
Celeb Secrets: In March you released your EP, Medicine, what can you tell our readers about it?
Jack Newsome: “Medicine is a diverse pop experience that I put together with a few friends of mine. I was very excited to step into the production ring, especially as the sole producer of the title track Medicine. I wanted people to understand where I was as an artist at that time.”
Celeb Secrets: How would you describe your music for those who haven’t heard you yet?
Jack Newsome: “My music is definitely centered around pop music, stemming from 2000-era pop classics. I grew up idolizing boy bands like the Jackson 5, Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC. When I was a kid, I swore to make music that I would love just as much as I did Justin Timberlake‘s or Michael Jackson‘s. I hope that the songs are relatable, catchy, and just make you feel good.”
Celeb Secrets: Where was your favorite venue/crowd that you have performed in front of thus far?
Jack Newsome: “I was honored to open for Phillip Phillips on his tour with Matt Nathanson and A Great Big World at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey. That venue is iconic to me, and I’ve had my sights on that stage for a long time. The crowd was wild, and the majority of the fans there were unfamiliar to me, yet they knew most of my original songs. It was crazy!”
Celeb Secrets: Do you write your own music? If so, who or what inspires you?
Jack Newsome: “I take pride in the fact that I wrote/co-wrote every song I release. I’m very inspired by things that happen to me in real life. I used to sort-of fake stories for songs. It worked for a while, but the songs would end up sounding unconvincing. Once I opened up and drew from personal experiences, I was able to create the most vulnerable and believable music ever; music that I could connect to emotionally with fans on stage.”
Celeb Secrets: How do you stay connected with your fans?
Jack Newsome: “Social media is the best! My Instagram (@jacknewsome) and Twitter (@whatsnewsome) make it so easy to stay in touch with my fans. They call themselves the Newsome Crew. I’m very open with them, and we talk a lot. A lot of them live overseas, so I’m very lucky to live in a day and age where they don’t feel so far away.”
Celeb Secrets: Do you have any amazing fan stories?
Jack Newsome: “I played once at a school in Germany, and after the performance, the kids rushed the stage and we were completely surrounded. We had no body guards or anything, so it was complete madness. I’m definitely looking forward to going back there.”
Celeb Secrets: What was your journey to where you are today like?
Jack Newsome: “Crazy. I’ve worked for boy bands, I’ve been a dancer, an actor, even a bus boy at a restaurant back home. I carry all those experiences with me, and they are all a part of the artist I am today.”
Celeb Secrets: Where do you see yourself and your career being in 5 years?
Jack Newsome: “I see myself doing well, hopefully touring and playing big shows. I want to be able to inspire little kids to chase their dreams like my mom did growing up. Everybody needs somebody like that in their life.”
Celeb Secrets: Since we are Celeb Secrets, can you share a secret (hidden talent, fun fact, something we don’t know, etc) about yourself with our readers?
Jack Newsome: “My dad taught my brother and I how to ride unicycles, actually. We used to ride them in the front of the Memorial Day Parade in our town.”