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A Harleston musician has used his life’s journey to inspire his latest single – in the hope it will encourage others to push their boundaries and face down adversity.

Jake Aldridge, of Nelson Close, has released Down, his third single since swapping rap for country music, as a tribute to the underdog, a title he is all too familiar with.

“I feel like I have got to a point in my personal life and career, where I can look back at all the things I have had to overcome,” he said.

Jake Aldridge’s past has helped him to create his new single, Down. Picture by Mark Bullimore.
Jake Aldridge’s past has helped him to create his new single, Down. Picture by Mark Bullimore.

“With Covid and people having to battle so many issues, including their own mental health, it seemed like the perfect time to bring this track out. I hope it can show people that they can turn things around.”

Jake’s life has had its own obstacles and tragedy: at the age of 11, his father was struck by lightning and died during a family fishing trip.

The loss of his dad became the catalyst for him to write songs as a way of expressing himself and he went on to become an award-winning musician, picking up multiple accolades.

The 33-year-old has also found love after getting engaged to his fiancée, Lisa Hartgrove, also from Harleston last year, two years after their first date after being matched by an online dating app.

The singer hopes the main message of his new track can inspire people to stay positive.

He said: “I just hope that Down and my achievements, despite the odds being stacked against me, will help remind others to never give up on their own dreams as anything is possible.”

For more information, go online to jakealdridge.com.

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