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Jacob Banks Explains How He's Worthy To Share The Bill With Emeli Sande

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Supporting Emeli Sande on tour, having his song 'Worthy' picked up by music-hounds everywhere, at Somerset House tonight on the same bill as Alex Clare, being mentored by Plan B - not bad for a Birmingham lad who, this time two years ago, had never so much as picked up a guitar.

How's it all happened for Jacob Banks, now all of 21, whose musical background consisted of playing drums in church as a boy, and buying a Westlife album when he was 13? The way he tells it, makes it seem easy...

"A year ago, I was at university, studying civil engineering, playing basketball. I thought I'd do either of those two things for the rest of my life.

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Jacob Banks hadn't picked up a guitar until two years ago

"I used to imitate people, and a couple of friends heard me. We did little shows at Uni, no one came so we could jam, and people just got carried away.

"In July 2011, I picked up a guitar, posted a video, won a competition where one of the judges was Plan B, and he told me a lot of stuff..."

WATCH him in action below - with his song 'Worthy'.

So there you have it. From there, it was a short step for Jacob to be asked to open for Emeli Sande on her recent UK tour.

"I said, If I must. The average size audience was 5,000 a night, sometimes more.

"She was great - told me to keep learning, stay open to ideas, listen to everything.

"And just being around her was a time to learn - her techniques, her emotions. She's the hottest thing now, but she came from humble beginnings."

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Jacob Banks is slowly getting used to the attention his music is attracting

Jacob's track getting most of the attention is 'Worthy', co-written by Jada, one of his fellow songwriters in a collective based in his native Birmingham - Jacob moved to London a couple of months ago. The song sounds deceptively mature in its lyric, but is really about a young man facing a world of possibility, exactly where he is now...

"There was a lot of interest in me suddenly, so it was me asking myself, as I was about to face the real world.

"I wasn't doubting myself, but I was checking."

Jacob Banks appears tonight, in support of Alex Clare, as part of this year's Summer Series at Somerset House, sponsored by American Express

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