Following a string of hit singles, millions of streams worldwide and sold-out UK and European shows, pop-soul sensation Rhys Lewis is set to release his debut EP, Bad Timing. The 4-track EP will be released on Decca Records on 23 February 2018. Rhys has also announced a European headline tour and has secured a coveted spot on the bill at South by South West Festival in Austin, Texas in March.
The EP features Rhys’ new track ‘Bloodstains’ which showcases his gift for telling stories through his lyrics, capturing the all too familiar feeling of a bittersweet relationship. As with all his previous releases, Rhys makes no secret that each song he writes is deeply personal to him; in this track we see him unravel a relationship that has turned sour and spiteful, yet you can’t stop craving it or wanting more.
Rhys’ confessional style of writing runs throughout each track on the EP, capturing particular moments in time and the emotions associated with each. The EP’s title track ‘Bad Timing’ tells the story of meeting and falling in love with someone at the wrong time, ‘Reason To Hate You’ and an acoustic rendition of ‘Don’t Wanna Believe’ explore the heart-breaking truths of unrequited love.
Speaking of the EP, Rhys says, “I wrote ‘Bad Timing’ and ‘Reason To Hate You’ while I was on tour towards the end of last year. I was finding it really difficult staying close to my girlfriend because I was often away or busy, and when we did get a moment together it felt like my mind was always too preoccupied to fully be present with her. So these two tracks are about the ending of that relationship.
‘Bloodstains’ and ‘Don’t Wanna Believe’ are about another past relationship, so I guess this EP explores different aspects and stages of being with and without someone. It’s exciting but also terrifying to be releasing this EP – it’s some of the most personal songs I’ve ever written but I’m really proud of them and I can’t wait to share them with everyone.”
The past 12 months have been a whirlwind to say the least for the Oxford-born singer and multi-instrumentalist. Having supported both JP Cooper and James TW on their European Tours, Rhys has also announced his second European headline tour, the first of which was sold-out.
His previous release ‘Wish I Was Sober’ was added to 11 international ‘New Music Friday’ playlists on Spotify and hit 750K streams in 4 weeks, and his previous track ‘Be Your Man’ was streamed 1 million times in 4 weeks. His debut track ‘Waking Up Without You’ soared to the No.1 spot on Spotify’s Viral Chart, and he has racked up a total of 20 million streams just one year after his first release.
The 26-year-old bright talent has spent time between studios in London, Nashville, Stockholm, LA and Berlin, which has allowed him to develop a maturity to his song-writing, fusing a rich soulful tone with a lyrical immediacy straight from the heart of Bill Withers, James Taylor and Carole King.
Rhys has an undeniable gift to capture emotions that will strike a chord with anyone, and has already garnered millions of fans in the UK as well as internationally.