Jake Aldridge shares country-pop self-acceptance anthem ‘Rather Be Me’

An intriguing British singer-songwriter thanks to a somewhat offbeat sound - to be specific - country pop music and an English accent with a dash of hip-hop thrown in.
24 August 2022

By Vanessa B

We live in a world where we are constantly bombarded with messages about how we should look, what we should wear, and what our lives should be like. Jake Aldridge‘s Rather Be Me offers a musical antidote to some of this societal pressure, with its inspirational message of being true to and accepting yourself just as you are.

Jake Aldridge is an intriguing British singer-songwriter thanks to a somewhat offbeat sound – to be specific – country-pop music with an English accent with a dash of hip-hop thrown in. At the tender age of 11, Aldridge experienced a traumatic loss when his father was struck by lightning during a family fishing trip. The tragedy became the catalyst that pushed inspired Aldridge to pursue a career in music as a result of how he found expression and catharsis through his craft.

Aldridge’s charismatic, feel-good new single features emotive vocals with simple yet thought-provoking, relatable lyrics that make a memorable impact. The essence of the song is the artist’s joyful realisation after many years that it’s okay to accept yourself and be content with yourself as you are now, in spite of the existence of our more unvarnished and imperfect aspects. As Aldridge serenely croons: “I’d suddenly prefer to be imperfect me than a perfect version of somebody else.”

Rather Be Me concludes with an unexpected rap verse that nods to Aldridge’s hip-hop-influenced musical roots. While he garnered critical acclaim with this earlier sound, it was when he made the transition into country-pop genre and took singing lessons that he gained airplay on BBC Radio Suffolk and BBC Radio Cambridge, as well as over 100,000 streams on Spotify to date. His music was selected for licensing by the US television series Road Trip Nation’.

The music industry is one of the most difficult industries to be in. One has to be true to themselves and their art, but also know when to adapt and grow as a result, as Aldridge has demonstrated well with his musical evolution. As he shared:

Having been an independent music artist caught between genres for nearly two decades, I have received more than my fair share of criticism. One thing that the industry has taught me is the importance of being thick skinned and developing the ability of staying true to myself.

We’ll be excited to hear more of what Aldridge’s songwriting produces in future. Connect with Jake Aldridge via his socials below.