Jacob Ridgeway is a singer/songwriter/performer based in Newcastle, NSW.
Jacob weaves genuine storylines with sweet woven R&B/Rock grooves and soul drenched vocals into a warm tapestry grounded by his first nations Worimi and Kamilaroi roots. The musical inspirations Jacob draw from are vast which include such as Troy Cassar-Daley, Justin Timberlake, Sam Hunt and Silverchair amongst others.
Jacob’s breakout performance came in 2014 when he was selected to sing “My Island Home” with the backing of the QPAC Choir and William Barton for the climax of the G20 opening.
Jacob has shown versatility and a steady rise as a performing artist. He has been fortunate enough to perform, open for or collaborate with such artists as; James Morrison, Jessica Mauboy, Stan Walker, Dami Im, Troy Cassar-Daley in various platforms. He has performed in such venues as: QLD Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Brisbane/Gold Coast Convention Centre, Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane Powerhouse, Suncorp and McDonald Jones Stadium. Festivals and shows include: QLD Music Festival, Jazz on the Green, X-Factor 2015, Tamworth CMF, 2016/2017/2018 NRL All Stars games, 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, 2018 International Choral Kathaumixw in Canada and recently toured nationally with R U OK? as an ambassador on their ‘Conversation Convoy’.
“…Music gives a definition to who we are. I love being able to share that and a piece of who I am with others...”
Jacob is a 2016 graduate of the National Aboriginal Centre of Performing Arts in Brisbane (ACPA) and the CMAA Academy of Country Music in Tamworth. Jacob is currently a final year student of the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music where he is completing his Bachelor of Music.
Jacob is releasing debut single 'Bullyman' in 2019. The track was co-written with Kevin Bennett during the 2016 DAG Sheep Station Writers Retreat. The gloomy lyrics describe a journey inspired by one of Jacob’s female elders in his community and her story through personal experiences through Stolen Generation. This story is character driven from transitional moments in her life from small child, young woman to a mother herself all whilst being fed lies and a false sense of security from the Bullyman (Government Official). As the story progresses with her exposure to the world and education, she realises the protection that she was told was never real (White Protection Act/Policy) and will protect her children at all costs.
'Bullyman' provides a contemporary pop and world fusion of soulful vocals, with country inspired storytelling unique to Jacob’s artistry and provides insight into his future releases.