Dad’s hit single dreams come true, days after his death

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Dad’s hit single dreams come true, days after his death

Family and friends of talented musician Mike Jacobs urge people to buy his track Stay, with proceeds donated to charity

Joe Millis is a journalist

Mike Jacobs recording his single
Mike Jacobs recording his single

A business director who abandoned a music career 30 years ago due to lack of confidence has realised his dream of having a top 10 single, days after he passed away.

Mike Jacobs, 61, recorded the single, Stay, about a breakup with a girlfriend, after he was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer and given just nine months to live.

His son, Josh, 37, told Jewish News: “He would be looking down now, with a beer, just what the hell is going on. He wouldn’t believe it and would be over the moon.

“He’s probably thinking why the hell didn’t I do it 30 years ago?”

Josh said his dad had always sung, but “didn’t have the confidence [to take it further].”

He was really scared of what people might think.”

Josh Jacobs on the One Show, promoting the hit single

Stay is Number 2 in the iTunes charts. Josh said that the family “could not believe the excitement that the song and accompanying video had caused. It’s like a whirlwind, it’s all going crazy.”

Mike’s single is number two in the iTunes chart!

The TV director added: “We’ve been getting so many messages from people saying it’s inspired them to do more with their lives, to follow their dreams. It’s just seems to be resonating with people.”

The song has given the family “some solace that dad literally lived his dream. It’s been such a hard dark time but this has given my family so much joy.”

Mike’s family are working to finish a documentary based on the “incredible story of a father and son, who truly make the most of the limited time they have left together”.

All funds raised through the song or JustGiving will go towards the hospices that helped Mike in his last few months – Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity and Rennie Grove Hospice Care.

Josh urged JN readers to “download the song. The more downloads there are, the more money is raised”.

Listen to Mike’s single here:

Help perform the greatest mitzvah: save a life

While life in Israel has returned to normal and hopes are high that Britain is set for a summer without restrictions thanks to vaccines, for billions around the world there is no such imminent light at the end of the tunnel. In the majority of countries around the globe, particularly the poorest, the vaccine rollout has barely kicked off.

That's why Jewish News, the leading source of news and opinion for the entire UK community, is throwing its full weight behind UNICEF’s VaccinAid campaign by using this platform usually reserved for encouraging donations towards our own journalism to instead urge our readers around the globe to perform the greatest mitzvah: saving a life.

We have never before done this for any charity fundraiser but it's hard to recall a campaign that affects so many people, and indeed an entire planet aching for a return to normality. Just like the Chief Rabbi and Rachel Riley, we hope to boost the mission to deliver two billion vaccines, 165 million treatments and 900 million test kits around the world by the end of this year.

Please donate as much as you can, in the spirit of the Talmudic sages: “to save one life is to save the world entire”

read more: