Dunigan at a concert in Arvant in April 2010.
|Birth Name||Jacob Keane Dunigan|
|Born|| 16 September 1984|
Arvant, New Cambria
|Origin||Bristol, New Cambria|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, police constable|
Jacob Keane Dunigan (born 16 September 1984 in Arvant, New Cambria), better known as Jake Dunigan, is a New Cambrian singer-songwriter and police constable. He is best known in his home country as the winner of the 2009 New Cambria National Song Contest.
Dunigan was born in Arvant, the youngest child of Erica Louise (née Johnson) and Brian Dunigan, a nursing assistant and auto mechanic. He has an older brother and two older sisters. Much of his childhood was spent in the working-class Arvant suburb of Bristol. He is a 2003 graduate of Dawson High School in Bristol, where he played on the hockey and baseball teams. After graduation, he attended the National Police Academy, joined the Arvant Police Service in 2004. He earned a degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology from the Institute of Technology-Arvant in 2006.
In 2007, while a police constable for the Municipality of Arvant, Dunigan performed The Song Ever Singing, New Cambria's national anthem, at an exhibition match between the Arvant Islanders and the Montreal Canadiens in Quebec City. Later, Dunigan said in an interview that even his own mother was surprised that he could sing, as he'd before never shown any interest in music.
National Song ContestEdit
In June 2009, Dunigan submitted an entry to New Cambria Television for the 2009 New Cambria National Song Contest. The entry, A Country Apart, a pop-rock ballad about war and world peace, was one of 40 compositions selected to participate in the semi-finals. Dunigan performed A County Apart in the third semi-final in Averytown, and collected 19 points, placing first out of ten entries and qualifying for the grand final in Southport. In the grand final, Dunigan placed fourth out of fifteen songs by the panel of jurors, but won the televote with a record-setting 109,266 votes, giving him the victory.
|New Cambria National Song Contest|
|Editions||2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011|
|Winners||Kyle Mason • Sarah-Anne Kerrigan • Cadence in Time • David Broome • Karen Johns • Jake Dunigan • Glenna St. Martin|
|Runners-Up||Gretchen Carlson • Juliet Walrond • Jacqueline Clayson • Aimée Ferrer • Sarah Jađehe • Selma Kljajić & James Skerritt • Cadence in Time|
|Looking Back||National Song Contest: Looking Back • 2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010|
|Other||New Cambria Public Broadcasting • CamCom • Melodifestivalen|