Jack Fabian Peñate (born 2 September 1984, Blackheath, London; IPA: [p?n?j??ti]) is an English musician and singer-songwriter of Spanish descent, signed to XL Recordings. His mother, Clare Peñate, is the daughter of the artist and writer Mervyn Peake. Jack attended Alleyn's School and spent a year at University College London studying Ancient World Studies before dropping-out to pursue his musical career. He performs with friends and band members Joel Porter (bass), Thomas Lightfoot (Keys), and Alex Robins (drums).
Peñate made his way up the ranks of the club and bar scene of London before recently being signed by record label XL Recordings. Peñate released his first promo single in October 2006, "Second Minute or Hour" along with its b-side track, "Got My Favourite". This single was released by the record label Young Turks (Record Label), as a 1000-only limited 7 inch, each containing a different Polaroid photograph, taken of Peñate. And in April 2007 he released the "Spit At Stars EP". As well as the title track, this featured "My Yvonne", "Cold Thin Line" and a cover of Darondo Pulliam and Al Turner's "Didn't I". The CD edition of the EP also included the first song he ever wrote called "Jack Of All Trades" which he wrote with his band at school "Jack's Basement". He has appeared on XFM radio's "Xposure" and his first two singles were both Single of the Week on Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe's show.