Joe Brooks first found his love of music at the young age of 16. He was a typical teen living in Southampton, England, and enjoyed playing soccer and tennis. After his mother took him to see the Australian blues musician Derrin Hauendorf, Joe was inspired to learn guitar and create his own material. Influenced by artists like Damien Rice, Rob Thomas and Jack Johnson, Joe wrote songs and posted them on MySpace. Before he knew it, he was the UK’s highest ranked unsigned artist, receiving over 30,000 plays a day of songs he recorded in his bedroom. After getting offers from various labels, Brooks landed a management deal and signed to Lava/Republic in 2009.