Grand Prize Winner
Bullyman by Jacob Ridgeway
Jacob weaves genuine storylines with sweet woven R&B/Rock grooves and soul drenched vocals into a warm tapestry grounded by his first nations Worimi and Gamilaroi roots. The musical inspirations Jacob draw from are vast which include such as Troy Cassar-Daley, Justin Timberlake, Sam Hunt and Silverchair amongst others.
Jacob’s breakout performance came in 2014 when he was selected to sing “My Island Home” with the backing of the QPAC Choir and William Barton for the climax of the G20 opening.
Jacob has shown versatility and a steady rise as a performing artist. He has been fortunate enough to perform, open for or collaborate with such artists as; James Morrison, Jessica Mauboy, Stan Walker, Dami Im, Troy Cassar-Daley in various platforms. He has performed in such venues as: QLD Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Brisbane/Gold Coast Convention Centre, Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane Powerhouse, Suncorp and McDonald Jones Stadium. Festivals and shows include: QLD Music Festival, Jazz on the Green, X-Factor 2015, Tamworth CMF, 2016/2017/2018 NRL All Stars games, 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, 2018 International Choral Kathaumixw in Canada and recently toured nationally with R U OK? as an ambassador on their ‘Conversation Convoy’.
“…Music gives a definition to who we are. I love being able to share that and a piece of who I am with others...”
Jacob is a 2016 graduate of the National Aboriginal Centre of Performing Arts in Brisbane (ACPA) and the CMAA Academy of Country Music in Tamworth. Jacob has just completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Newcastle and is studying his Masters of Creative Industries in 2020.
Jacob released his debut single 'Bullyman' in July 2019 which has charted on the iTunes Alternative Chart - #8 and the iTunes All Genres Chart - #69.
Jacob will release his second single ‘I’m Not Coming Home’ in early 2020.