Jake hails from Scunthorpe, music and Sport have always been his life, he played for Scunthorpe under 16’s, until a broken leg put paid to those plans for a while.
By that time, Jake had started writing songs, and music was coming to the forefront. When he was younger his parents bought him a keyboard and later a guitar, as he had begun to show real flair. As a youngster he grew up listening to his father’s favourite groups, Johnny Cash and The Beatles.
However, a second chance at football presented itself and he was invited to trial in Australia for the Sunshine George Cross Team and also Bentley Greens. So Jake flew out to Melbourne and ended up playing for two seasons there. He enjoyed the life in Australia, but his father had been taken ill so he unfortunately, had to return to the UK.
On his return, he took up golf and continued with various sports. As well as working as a lifeguard in a local swimming centre, his singing, writing and performing were beginning to become a big part of his life. His musical influences were, and still are, Usher, Craig David, Ben Howard, Damien Rice, Matt Corby and Ed Sheeran.
His family had suggested that he audition for X Factor in 2012. However, when he saw the massive queues, he nearly turned back, but he stayed, and not only got through the first stages, but he eventually won a coveted spot on Nicole Scherzinger’s team and went through to Judges Houses! (Gary Barlow had commented at the audition, “Love your voice” and “love your image” and all the judges loved his performance). Unfortunately, he didn’t make it to the Live Shows. This was not the end of X Factor for Jake though!
This is where Kim Glover Entertainment stepped in. Jake was then secured with a TV opportunity as presenter for Chart Show Dance and Chart Show TV. It was an exciting week when he was the anchor man for Chart Show Dance TV from Ibiza, this led to Jake co-hosting The Chart Show TV on a regular basis, including Wireless Music Festival.
A second opportunity for X Factor hotly followed, where he was eventually chosen by Mel B for Judges houses. But this time with Mel B, he won a coveted spot through to Live Shows.
With his surprise early vote off from X Factor, KGE immediately contacted ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’. The production team were preparing to fly out to commence filming the 2015 TV series, and at the last hour, the producers agreed to see Jake.
Excitingly, the TV producers saw the same entertainment value in Jake as KGE did. After contracts were signed, it was a rush to fly him out to Australia which culminated with him achieving runner up to Carl (Foggy) Fogarty.
Summer 2015 saw Jake embark on his own UK live tour, as well as ever growing TV commitments. He is a regular presenter on ITV This Morning and a panellist on Big Brothers BBBOTS. Jake has done many PAs and Corporate gigs where he does Fabulous Meet and Greets. Currently Jake is fronting as this years Children In Need Campaigns alongside Rylan and Ashley Roberts.
2016 will see Jake continuing his charity commitments, including a trek across Iceland for the NSPCC. He is currently in the studio recording his second EP set to release early 2016 which will be toured in Autumn.
With many TV opportunities already in place throughout 2016 and lots of live shows already booked in, you’ll be sure to see Jake wherever you are.
Jake Quickenden is available for corporate events, private shows, milestone celebrations (birthday, anniversary), fundraisers, festivals, and more.