Hailing from Cincinnati, 23-year-old Jack Kays has a story that is a raw, unfiltered testament to survival. His music is a unique blend of folk, hip-hop, and alternative music and he bares his soul in a way that walks us through his journey with mental health, addiction, and loneliness.
"When I was at my lowest point, these songs helped me get through it, and I hope that they can do the same for others,” Jack says of his debut project, MIXED EMOTIONS. The collection of songs, released in early 2021, now has over 130M+ US streams and includes the single “Morbid Mind” that first put him on the map.
Since then, Jack released a 4-song EP with Travis Barker called MY FAVORITE NIGHTMARES. In speaking about his collaborative EP with Travis, Jack says: “‘the EP really explores this theme of duality. Sometimes with mental illness, there can be two sides of a person, and I really want to shed light on that and make people feel better if they’re experiencing that themselves. It’s my hope that people feel comfortable with all sides of themselves, not just the good parts.” Jack most recently his 5-song EP titled CESSATION in November 2022, which he wrote and produced himself alongside Chikah, his longtime collaborative partner.
After selling out his first five shows in January 2022, Jack embarked on his debut North American headline tour, in which he did near sellout business across 17 shows in 200-500 caps. He also played his debut festival at All Things Go.
So far in 2023, Jack released his latest single “The Voice In My Head” on February 10, and will be rolling out several more singles over the next several months. As Jack approaches his ongoing commitment to a life of artistry, he has one mission on his mind: “to make people feel less alone.”