Thursday, 10 September 2015

"Back and at his best". James Morrison unveils first new single in four years

Having spent the last four years away from the limelight, James Morrison makes a welcome return with his new single ‘Demons’, released on September 10th through Island Records.

The rousing track, written about resisting the little voices in your head trying to take you down, has Morrison’s signature soulful vocal over a high pitched loop that altogether makes for a rich, uplifting and contemporary sound.

‘Demons’ is the first single from James Morrison’s forthcoming fourth album, details of which are due to be announced on Friday this week.

James was recently given an amazing welcome back when he played his first live shows since 2011 - all of which sold out in a matter of seconds. Two nights at Wilton’s Music Hall and one night at the Tabernacle in London where he debuted some of his forthcoming new tracks. The Evening Standard agreed that James was back and at his best, calling his return the “uplifting comeback of a spirited soul man”.

When James broke onto the scene as a soulful singer-songwriter in 2006, even he couldn’t have predicted that he would become the template that allowed a wave of likeminded musicians to enter the field. Now, almost a decade on, Ed Sheeran, George Ezra and James Bay are all crowding the charts following the same format; one guy with an incredible voice and just a guitar.

Despite his self-deprecation and humble nature, he really was the first to take that format and not only make it work but also became an overnight success story. Pop gems like ‘You Give Me Something’ from his first record ‘Undiscovered’, made him anything but, and he won the 2007 BRIT Award for Best Male when he was still just 21 years old.

James has gone on to sell over 4.5 million copies of his three albums, performed four world
tours including sold-out shows to thousands at London’s Hyde Park, supporting both Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder and appeared on Herbie Hancock’s Grammy-winning album ‘The Imagination Project’.

2008’s ‘Songs for You, Truths for Mebrought with it a string of Top Ten singles, including the phenomenally catchy ‘Broken Strings’ with Nelly Furtado, with his last album, 2011’s ‘Awakening shooting straight to Number One, selling over one million copies worldwide.
 James Morrison

‘I’ve got demons, I’ve got demons trying to get to me… but they’ll never get me down” (lyric taken from ‘Demons’ by James Morrison)