Originally from Hull but now Manchester based, singer/songwriter Sam Gray is currently gearing up to release his second album. Previously writing songs for others and having now stepped into the limelight himself with support duties most recently for Rick Astley, the new kid on the radar blends a cool and easy style of folk, Motown and pure soul with more than a nod to the legendary Sam Cooke. His latest single release This Girl, from his forthcoming second album is a slice of pure Motown pop which would sit well at any Northern Soul event and it’s nice to see the emergence of a companion male vocalist to Plan B. Released in 2011, his debut album Brighter Day showcased a classic talent for lyrics with the simplicity of a strong and elegant vocal; it is no surprise the first two singles went straight onto Radio 2’s playlist and Sam was named Caffe Nero’s artist of the month for two months running.
Top picks from the last album include the lilting City Lights, Fireflies , which could easily feature in a US drama or RomCom and Two Hearts which evokes the essences of an Amy Winehouse/Sharleen Spiteri cross over; I can see the mini dresses and beehives now through the smoky nightclub. As a representation of his work it is no wonder that Sam is building up a loyal following from all those who see him both on his stand alone gigs and via his appearances with East 17 and Westlife amongst others.
Currently supporting Peter Andre on tour, Sam Gray references Motown and contemporary pop in equal measure to create a clean, crisp and accomplished body of work. With Brighter Day as his first album then his follow up, Too Much of a Good Thing, due out next year must surely be his breakthrough moment and taking current single This Girl as an indication of the shape of things to come this will see a return to mainstream pop for feel-good factor melodies from the heart that make you want to dance and sigh in equal measure.
Sam Gray is currently touring with Peter Andre
The single This Girl is out now with new album Too Much of a Good Thing out February 2013
More details on http://www.samgray.co.uk/