biography

The Sick-Leaves is Eksteen Jacobsz.

Jacobsz is a singer/songwriter/guitarist and hails from Ermelo, South Africa.

The Sick-Leaves is an established rock artist based in Pretoria, South Africa and has released four full length albums : Tunnel Vision (2006), Stone The Crow (2008), Last Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy (2010) and Breaking Away (2012).

The Sick-Leaves has twice been nominated for a South African Music Award in the category of Best Alternative Album: English for Tunnel Vision in 2007 and Stone the Crow in 2009. The albums has been well received by music critics with features in numerous South African blogs, newspapers and magazines along with radio and TV interviews.

The Sick-Leaves have performed at many of SA’s premier music festivals such as Oppikoppi (2007 & 2009), Rocking the Daisies, Synergy Live, Splashy Fen, Ramfest Jo’burg as well as Pinkie Fest, Vrede Fest III and the  St Stithians College arts festival. The Sick-Leaves have performed on the MK live TV show ‘Studio 1’ on three occasions (2007, 2009 and 2010) and was interviewed on MK’s My MK Celeb and Vuzu. The Sick-Leaves performed on radio 5FM’s (Live)5 show in January 2010.

The Sick-Leaves’ music videos ‘All These Foolish Things (I’ve said)’ and ‘Missing’ were on rotation during 2008 on MK & MTV Europe. The music video for ‘All These Foolish Things (I’ve said)’ was nominated for a 2010 MK Award in the category of Best Animation SFX and was also used in 2009 as the soundtrack for a TV and radio advertisement on 5FM, MK & Vuzu.

In March 2011, The Sick-Leaves recorded a rendition of Roy Orbison’s hit ‘Crying’ which was submitted to the Roy Orbison Foundation for inclusion in the ‘Under the Covers II’ compilation that is to be released in 2012.

The new album, Breaking Away, will be digitally released on 23 January 2012. The first radio single off Breaking Away, ‘Catfights in Bushes’, was released at the beginning of December 2011 and on The Sick-Leaves website as a free download.

All of The Sick-Leaves albums are available for purchase on online stores such as Band Camp, itunes, Cd Baby, Look & Listen mp3 store, The Greek Merchant, Rhythm Music Store and E music amongst others.