Over three days in the fall of 2014, Australian singer-songwriter Jarryd James traveled to Los Angeles, and holed up with songwriter-producer Joel Little in an Airbnb to write. With some portable recording equipment, a computer, and a $30 ukulele they found in the house, they created a song called 'Do You Remember'.
Over three days in the fall of 2014, Australian singer-songwriter Jarryd James traveled to Los Angeles, and holed up with songwriter-producer Joel Little in an Airbnb to write. With some portable recording equipment, a computer, and a $30 ukulele they found in the house, they created a song called ‘Do You Remember’.
“I was trying to capture the feeling of nostalgia in a song, both lyrically and melodically, and just how powerful that emotion is,” Jarryd says. “I was in an unfamiliar place all by myself and I guess I was feeling a bit fragile. But when you sit down and think back to a certain time, there’s a lot of beauty in that reminiscing.” Wanting to share the song with people, he put ‘Do You Remember’ up on Soundcloud in January 2015, not expecting much of it.
But with its “silky falsetto vocals, pounding drums, and plucked guitars” (as NME described it), ‘Do You Remember’ quickly struck a chord with listeners and catapulted the then-unsigned artist into viral fame. By February, Jarryd was touring with Aussie superstars Angus & Julia Stone and the following month had landed a deal with Interscope Records in the U.S. Upon its official release, ‘Do You Remember’ debuted at No. 2 on the singles chart in Australia (now certified triple Platinum), as well as No. 1 on Hype Machine and the Australian iTunes charts, and eventually became the No. 1 most Shazamed song in Australia for 2015.
Jarryd, a humble, soft-spoken native of Brisbane, who had spent several years in a band, followed by six years working with troubled kids before returning to making music, found himself being supported by critics, industry tastemakers like Beats 1 Radio’s Zane Lowe, Elton John, and artist peers like Ed Sheeran, who told Rolling Stone that he had heard ‘Do You Remember’ on Australian radio and “had to find out who the singer was. I just love his sound.“ When Jarryd released his follow-up single, ‘Give Me Something’ (also co-written with Little), Nylon magazine called him “a member of R&B’s new wave, an artist who is helping to redefine the genre.”
‘Do You Remember’ has racked up more than 90 million streams worldwide and is the perfect introduction to Thirty One, an album title inspired not only by Jarryd’s age, but by his realisation that his father died at 31. “It hit me last year when I became aware that I was making an album,” he says. “I was like, ‘Holy shit, if I make it through this year, I’ve outlived my father and on the same year that I put out this album, which is so special to me.’ I feel like I’m kind of continuing on with what he couldn’t finish doing.”
Thirty One was created with respected producers Pip Norman (Daniel Merriweather, AUS), Joel Little (Lorde, Ellie Goulding, Broods, NZ) and Malay (Frank Ocean, US). A sleek and genuine suite of ambient RnB songs, all universally relatable themes and generous warm-hearted energy, Thirty One delivers on the impressive yet understated promise of ‘Do You Remember’ and ‘Give Me Something’.
Five songs from Thirty One were released on a self-titled EP in August through Interscope in the US and Europe.
Nominated for five 2015 ARIA awards, Jarryd took out Best Pop Release for ‘Do You Remember’, as well as Pop Work of the Year at the 2016 APRA awards, from his four nominations.
Jarryd has toured extensively through Europe, sold out headline shows in Australia, and performed alongside Matt Corby, Angus and Julia Stone, Meg Mac, and Jack Garratt. Most recently he played Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo festivals, and supported BROODS across their North American tour.
In June, Jarryd released his latest single ‘1000x feat. BROODS’ which was co-written by Joel Little. The ‘High’ EP followed in July (Aus/NZ), and album (US/worldwide, with the rest of the songs from Thirty One), for which he collaborated with Joel Little, Mikky Ekko (Rihanna), Tobias Jesso Jnr (Adele, Sia), and Pop Wansel (Alessia Cara).