Erith country singer Wayne Jacobs shortlisted for sixth country music award for song inspired by Donald Trump’s election

PUBLISHED: 15:20 26 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:20 26 June 2017

Wayne Jacobs

Wayne Jacobs


The final for the awards is not until September

Having seen success at home and across the pond, Erith’s own country singer is on course for his sixth straight award, after gaining attention for his latest song inspired by president Donald Trump.

Civil servant Wayne Jacobs’ is on the shortlist for four awards in the coming months, two of which are for his single Stars and Stripes of Freedom, released in November, after the presidential election.

If successful, this will be the sixth straight year Mr Jacobs has walked away from the UK Country Radio awards a winner.

“I was inspired to write Stars and Stripes of Freedom after Donald Trump’s election, he had a very patriotic-focussed campaign, which made me start looking in to the history of the country’s flag,” explained Mr Jacobs.

“They have so many names for it, and I’ve tried to use as many as possible in the song itself, it’s not really about president Trump, it’s more about patriotism and America’s fourth of July parade.”

The song has caught the ears of US country fans, with Mr Jacobs shortlisted for the best world artist outside USA or Canada at September’s Josie Music Awards in Nashville, Tennesee.

Mr Jacobs’ latest single has gained thousands of listeners, as the singer continues to build an online fanbase that stretches well beyond the borough’s borders.

The award-winner has previously gained acclaim for songs such as May We Never Forget, which he penned after visiting Ground Zero, the memorial site of the September 11 attacks.

His song on the terrorist attack is now available to listen to at the memorial, while last year’s Paws for War, a song of a stray dog adopted by a group of US soldiers in Afghanistan, also picked up a UK Country Radio award.

“The way I write my songs, they’re stories about every day life, I think that’s why people enjoy them,” said Mr Jacobs, who once played a song about the anniversary of Big Ben before MPs in the Houses of Parliament.

Mr Jacobs is a finalist in the UK country artist of the year and male country singer of the year categories at the awards, where he is also shortlisted for the listeners’ club song award.

The award winners will be announced on September 2 in Derby.

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