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The 17-year-old YouTube cover star turned serious musician

Jacob Whitesides is only 17 years old, but has made the leap from recording cover songs on YouTube to writing his own music.

It’s been a year of milestones. In February, he released his debut EP, A Piece of Me. Throughout March, he toured the United States, opening for Fifth Harmony. In May, he headlined a sold-out European tour (which was so successful that he went back again in September). In the summer, he toured the United States once again, but this time with R5. And whenever there was a break between the live shows, he wrote and recorded for his next album, Faces On Film, set to release on October 23rd. He also became the CEO of his own label, Double U Records.

“I’ve seen a lot of artists that transition from YouTube to a record label deal and, it’s like, everything becomes not organic,” Whitesides says, when asked why he wanted to take on such a role. His biggest fear, he says, is not having 100% access to his fans anymore. “I don’t really have anything else but them.”

This is an episode of SoundBites, a Fusion original web series. Whether on tour, at the recording studio, or at home, SoundBites provides a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse at the lives of today’s top musical artists.

The 17-year-old YouTube cover star turned serious musician

Jacob Whitesides is only 17 years old, but has made the leap from recording cover songs on YouTube to writing his own music.

It’s been a year of milestones. In February, he released his debut EP, A Piece of Me. Throughout March, he toured the United States, opening for Fifth Harmony. In May, he headlined a sold-out European tour (which was so successful that he went back again in September). In the summer, he toured the United States once again, but this time with R5. And whenever there was a break between the live shows, he wrote and recorded for his next album, Faces On Film, set to release on October 23rd. He also became the CEO of his own label, Double U Records.

“I’ve seen a lot of artists that transition from YouTube to a record label deal and, it’s like, everything becomes not organic,” Whitesides says, when asked why he wanted to take on such a role. His biggest fear, he says, is not having 100% access to his fans anymore. “I don’t really have anything else but them.”

This is an episode of SoundBites, a Fusion original web series. Whether on tour, at the recording studio, or at home, SoundBites provides a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse at the lives of today’s top musical artists.

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