Irish glam-based pop artist Jack Rua is a unique and original talent. Inspired by some of the most ambitious and creative artists of the last fifty years, Jack Rua spent his formative years studying the work of icons such as David Bowie, Madonna, Lady Gaga & Prince; analysing their every move and how they used their art forms to innovate and rebel.
Jack started writing music at the age of 15, first for a rock band and then as a soloist. In 2013 he renamed himself Jackal and, backed by an 8 piece band, made an impression on the Dublin music scene with a theatrical and energetic stage show that saw him perform at venues such as Whelans, the Academy, the Mercantile and Vicar Street. In 2016 he released his debut single under that name, “Groundhog Day”, which peaked inside the Irish iTunes Top 50 and has amassed an impressive 7,000 views on YouTube.
After graduating with a BA in Commercial Modern Music from BIMM Dublin, Jack took a hiatus from performing. In 2017 he moved to New York City and immersed himself in the music; drag; burlesque and theatrical scenes of the city, absorbing these new influences and allowing them to inform his own art. Moving back to Dublin in 2018 he began to record with Porridge, tenderhook., and developing visuals with PureGrand.
Jack began releasing his music in 2019 to international recognition, receiving radio airplay on RTE 2FM, Spin 1038, Classic Hits 4FM, BBC Introducing and KCLR to name a few. He was invited by Tara Stewart to perform 'Ego' with Irish house producer LOGUOS in RTE 2FM's famous Studio 8, and was named as Spin 1038's weekly 'One to Watch' on three separate occasions.
Jack released his debut mini-album 'Narcissus' on June 26th to rave reviews. Tony Clayton Lea of The Irish Times described it as a "glorious, serious mini-album", and in a four star review GoldenPlec's Anna Buckley opined that "There’s no fluff or filler: the less-is-more track list flows together cohesively with more-is-more production sensibilities". It currently has over 100,000 streams on Spotify.