Twenty-two-year-old Nottingham musician Jerub said he felt “honoured” and grateful” to be selected as one of the top five in BBC Radio 1’s Introducing Live Lounge competition.
In March 2021 BBC Radio 1 joined joined forces with BBC Music Introducing to find the best musicians who are still to be discovered. The winner would play a set on Clara Amfo’s Live Lounge Show.
With over 10,000 entries, five were chosen. Jerub, a Nottingham-based singer/songwriter who moved to the UK from Nigeria aged 10, is one of the four runner-ups, which was announced live on BBC Radio 1 on April 26.
This is @jerubmusic 💚
He moved to Nottingham from Nigeria when he was 10 years old
Now at 22, he blends soul, alt-rock, RnB and Pop to make music using his powerful vocals 💫
He’s hoping to return to live shows in what could be a very exciting year of new releases for him… pic.twitter.com/73NcjovbgV
— BBC Radio 1 (@BBCR1) April 26, 2021
Jerub said: “To be counted in the top five is a huge privilege and I’m happy.
“I’m taking it in slowly. I’m not very good at living in the moment and, I guess, basking in it. I’m usually the person that like, ‘whats the next thing,’ but I’m trying to be in the moment today.”
The star-studded panel of judges including Celeste, Sam Fender and Tom Grennan praised Jerub, with Arlo Parks stating: “I can imagine hearing that on the radio and whatever you were doing, you would kind of like stop and be lost in that moment.”
Not gonna lie, I had a little something in my eye as I heard this esteemed panel's love-in for @jerubmusic today.
🔈 Sound on!@arloparks @celeste @claraamfo @elliecrowsell @Gemma_Bradley_ @samfendermusic @Tom_Grennan @yungblud. @bbcintroducing @BBCR1 #LiveLoungeIntroducing pic.twitter.com/IF9niHWCXS
— Dean Jackson (@deanjacksondj) April 26, 2021
Jerub takes inspiration from pop, RnB, gospel, soul and folk and combines powerful vocals, heartfelt lyrics and magical melodies to make a genre-blending style.
The track that Jerub submitted to the competition was Feel it, written with Isak Petersen and released on January 29.
The track has a lot of meaning to Jerub and the writing started with a conversation about the respark of the Black Lives Matter movement after the death of George Floyd.
AUDIO: Jerub talks about the inspiration for his track Feel It
Clara Amfo, host of Radio 1’s Live Lounge, was also on the judging panel. She said: “Being part of the judging process for our first ever Radio 1 Live Lounge Introducing was a challenging and rewarding process.
“The top five all had a uniqueness that made us all unanimously excited for their future as artists.”
The other three runner-ups in the Live Lounge Competition were Alfie Indra, Cathy Jain and SOFY. The winner was 19-year-old Bonnie Kemplay.
Jerub has had lots of support from Dean Jackson and BBC Introducing East Midlands.
Jerub will play many festivals in summer 2021 including the Splendour festival in Nottingham.