Dublin, County Dublin
Jack Rua is a pop artist from Dublin, Ireland.
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 Chris Cahill (Porridge), Will Minnock (tenderhook.), and developing visuals with PureGrand (Luke Faulkner).
In 2019 he renamed himself Jack Rua, and began his latest creative endeavour. Stitched together from elements of glam; dance; folk and theatre, Jack has developed a brand of music that can dance across the entire pop spectrum, at once both emotionally confessional as well as enigmatic. Heavily influenced by the glamorously gaudy stylings of David Bowie, Lady Gaga and Prince, Jack is carving a space for himself in the music industry, one where authenticity and depth can go hand in hand with artificiality and excess.
Jack has so far released two singles. Scarlet A was released in March 2019. The Michael Heffernan and Tenderhook. produced track is a "glittery, foot-stomping disco sex bomb", which lyrically delves into the nature of human attraction and monogamy. Scarlet A reached the top 20 of the Irish iTunes pop chart, and has so far amassed over 11,000 plays on Spotify and lead him to being named as Spin 1038’s “One To Watch”.
Jack's second single, Ego, arrived in July 2019 after premiering on Tara Stewart's 2FM show. It is a collaboration with Dublin producer LOGUOS and showcases a different side to Jack. Where Scarlet A delved into deeper, darker territory, Ego celebrates self-love and confidence in oneself over a house inspired pop bop. Ego has so far received airplay on 2Fm, Today FM, Spin 1038, BBC Ulster + KCLR.