Jake Bugg (born Jake Edwin Charles Kennedy, 28 February 1994) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. His self-titled debut album, largely co-written with songwriter Iain Archer, was released in late 2012 and reached number one on the UK Albums Chart. His second album, Shangri La, was released in November 2013. His main influences are Don McLean, Donovan, The Beatles, Oasis, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, and Nick Drake.
Bugg was born in Clifton, Nottingham, to musical parents who separated when he was young.His father, whose last name was Bugg, was a nurse, and his mother worked in sales, both having previously made recordings.He grew up in the Clifton council estate of Nottingham and started playing guitar at the age of 12 after being introduced to the instrument by his uncle Mark. He also states that his formative musical moment was hearing Don McLean's "Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)" on an episode of The Simpsons.
He was enrolled in a music technology course, but by the age of 16 he had dropped out and was writing and performing his own songs influenced by The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Don McLean, Oasis, Donovan, The Everly Brothers and Jimi Hendrix.