His parents formed a duo called, "Who Wears The Pants?" performing gigs around Adelaide. Butler could be found in his pajamas watching his parents at their rehearsals or singing with his mum while driving in her car. When Butler was thirteen he began playing the guitar. At age sixteen, Butler became the drummer for a cover band, Bantha. He was also a member of another cover band called, Single White Male. After finshing school Jacob started a Commerce degree, which he carried out for three weeks before leaving. At nineteen, Jacob purchased land for the home, known as 'The B Hive' in the Adelaide Hills.
He shared this house with his brother, Brenton for about three years. In 2004, Jacob traveled overseas to Japan, the UK and Europe. Butler first auditioned for Australian Idol in 2005. He failed to made it past the Top 100 Group Performances. Butler was a contestant on The X Factor (Australian TV series) in the same year. He made it to sixth place, were he quit before he could get eliminated by the Australian public.
Jacob then moved to London. Here he picked up a management deal which he states "went pear". Butler tried out for Idol again at the 2007 auditions, singing "Don't Look Back In Anger" by Oasis. The Judges were impressed by his improvement in both his songwriting and musicianship. He was soon placed into the Top 24.
Australia made him their second top 12 finalist after his rendition of Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars". Jacob was eliminated on October 8, 2007. His last performance on Idol was on Brit Pop night. He performed The Beatles "Let It Be". Read more on Last.fm.
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