TIDAL Rising: Jacob Latimore
Singer Jacob Latimore discovered his love for music at a young age, creating his first song, “Best Friend,” at the ripe age of 9.
The song received airtime across his hometown of Milwaukee and Radio Disney, by 14 he’d signed his first label deal with Jive Records and released the single “Like Em All,” which landed a spot on the Billboard R&B and Hip-Hop charts. Best recognized for his impressive singing voice, Latimore is also a talented dancer and actor.
His influences include R&B icons Usher, Michael Jackson, Ne-Yo and Chris Brown. Latimore’s debut studio album, Connection, was released less than a month ago and is absolutely superb. If you’re longing for the sound of early 2000′s R&B to return, then Jacob Latimore is your guy.
We sat down with Latimore to get to know the Rising musician just a little bit better.
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Who is Jacob Latimore? Can you please introduce yourself?
I’m Jacob Latimore. Singer, Dancer and Actor. A triple threat.
Congrats on being one of TIDAL’s Top 5 Artists to Watch in 2017. Tell us about your 2016.
Thanks so much! My 2016 is a year I’ve been waiting to have, in the film and music world. I made an album called Connection that I finally got the chance to release. My new movie, Collateral Beauty, in theaters now, is just one of the films I worked on in 2016. I’m ready for everyone to see what else I’ve been working on in Hollywood and for the music to spread like wildfire.
What’s been your proudest achievement so far?
My proudest achievement so far is putting out the album. I finally got to release the type of music I wanted to independently with no politics behind it. Just me, my music, and the fans.
When and how did you first get into music?
Music is in my blood. Kenny Latimore is my cousin, he’s been in the game for years, and my pop and uncles form a gospel group called The Latimore brothers. I’ve always been around music.
Who were your musical heroes growing up?
Musical heroes outside of my family was The Temptations. One of my grandparents introduced me to the miniseries. I watched it everyday.
Name an album, artist or experience that changed your perspective on music?
Michael Jackson changed my perspective on music for sure. Just from the way he carried a song. I believed everything he sang.
Can you share a fun fact about you or your music?
Fun fact about the music is that it all relates to my real life. I’m speaking through the music.
What’s your favorite activity besides music?
My favorite activity outside music is acting in movies and reading dope scripts. Love it.
Your acting career has really taken off having stared in the movie Black Nativity and this winter’s Collateral Beauty with Will Smith. Tell us about your experience working on this new film with another big all star cast.
It has been amazing! The pedigree I’ve been on in my film career has been a dream come true for me, or any young actor coming up in Hollywood. From Black Nativity, with Forrest Whitaker and Angela Bassett, to Collateral Beauty with Will Smith, Ed Norton, Kate Winslet, and list goes on. I got a chance to see what hard work and dedication really looks like.
Can you pick another Rising artist you believe in?
Couldn’t pick one, my list would be too long. I think there is a lot of slept on talent.
What’s coming next for you?
I plan to hit the road and touch the fans, and I also plan to hit radio hard with this album and really chart. I think that is the next step for my music career. More movies as well though. I have a film called Sleight that will release in April, and another film I did with director Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty, The Hurt Locker). The film is untitled right now, but it’s based on the 1967 Detroit Riots that will release in the summer of next year. So, I’m lit! [laughs]
Doing everything I’m doing now on the music and film tip, but learning it full circle. Becoming a true business man and building the Jacob Latimore brand.
And finally, if your music was a car what would it be? Please describe.
My music is an all black Bugatti for sure.
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