Jacob Banks got his start performing local gigs around Birmingham, England along with a close friend who regularly encouraged Banks to pursue a career in music. After his friend passed away, Banks performed at his funeral and subsequently focused on making a name for himself in the music world. By 2013, Banks has already recorded his debut EP, The Monologue, which began to receive regular airplay on mainstream UK radio. His second EP, The Paradox, followed in 2015. Banks is characterized by his smooth baritone vocals, sung to the tune of soulful R&B and hip-hop.