James Morrison’s current album ‘You’re Stronger Than You Know’commenced a new era in the career of one of the UK’s most popular artists. Its lead single ‘My Love Goes On’(featuring Joss Stone) was named Record of the Week and added to the A-list at Radio 2 as it raced to 8 million streams.
Now James Morrison shares the album’s second single ‘Feels Like The First Time’. Arguably the track on the album that best captures his soulful take on the Motown and Stax traditions, ‘Feels Like The First Time’ is a shot of sonic sunshine as summer approaches. Watch here
Although the track shimmers with uplifting energy, it was inspired by a tough time in Morrison’s life. He wrote the song while his long-term relationship was on the verge of collapse. As he explains, “This song is me saying to her, when things are right it still feels amazing. But I didn’t know if she felt like that too, and we nearly split up.”
To coincide, James Morrison also shares a new live video of the track. Filmed at Manchester’s ornate and historic Albert Hall, it sees Morrison and his band deliver the song in an intimate and impassioned performance. It was directed by Raja Virdi, whose previous credits include Freya Ridings and Lewis Capaldi.
As with the rest of the album, ‘Feels Like The First Time’ bristles with an exuberant dynamic which reflects his live shows. Morrison and producer Mark Taylor quickly recorded the core of the album within a week, before spending a second completing the finishing touches – tight backing vocals, strident horns and overdubs.
As a result, ‘You’re Stronger Than You Know’ is the album that James Morrison has always wanted to make. Vocally he’s never sounded better, with his honest songwriting inspiring a voice that exudes power, tenderness and experience. His band, meanwhile, hit that life-affirming sweet spot between rambunctious energy and tight musicianship.
James Morrison will headline the Cheltenham Jazz Festival on May 2nd and Live At Down Hall in Essex on June 16th. Please see http://jamesmorrisonmusic.com/tour-2/for ticket details and further international dates.