Of Italian and English extraction, former poet turned acoustic singer/songwriter Jack Savoretti was given a guitar and encouraged to write music by his mother, a model who had hung out with Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones back in the '60s. His first single, Without, was released in late 2006. A minor hit on the U.K.'s premier MOR station, BBC Radio 2, it was enough to attract the attention of Corinne Bailey Rae, who asked Savoretti to join her on her European tour that year. Savoretti's first full-length offering, Between the Minds, was released in 2007, and was a Top 100 charter in the U.K. that year. His first solo tour -- of the coffee shop chain Caffè Nero -- kicked off in early 2008 and was followed by the re-release of his debut album, this time featuring a bonus disc of acoustic versions.