Voice 2016 winner Kevin Simm announces the release of his debut album. Recover, will be released on the 28th October via Universal Music.
Accompanying today’s announcement is the brand new single Wildfire, co-written with multi-million selling songwriter Ed Drewett (One Direction, Olly Murs and Craig David) and produced by uMatty Benbrook (Paolo Nutini).
Lead single ‘Wildfire’ listen here:
Recover presents a cohesive musical set from an artist reborn who throws his body and mind into every song. The 10 track album is a concoction of woozy vocals and dazzling melodies, creating a finely-balanced ecosystem of singer/songwriter, folk and soul music with a constant focus on Kevin’s clear, emotionally-charged voice. Since winning The Voice earlier this year, Kevin has been in the studio, hard at work on his debut album with producer Matty Benbrook and songwriters Jim Duguid(Paolo Nutini), Pauline Taylor (Dido), Starsailor frontman James Walsh (who hails from the same town as Kevin) and Ed Drewett, acclaimed for his work with One Direction, Olly Murs and Craig David.
Lead single ‘Wildfire’ exudes confident acoustic strides alongside Kevin’s brooding vocals that transverses the same emotional depths as fellow UK star, James Morrison. Musical highlights include the heartfelt ballad ‘Recover’, the gritty, blues-rock tinged ‘Trains’ and the folk-inspired, harmony-laden ‘Good News.’ Kevin was a familiar face to many – he was previously part of pop five-piece Liberty X, topping the UK charts in 2002 with the unforgettable ‘Just A Little.’
Fast forward 14 years, an artist is reborn, channeling classic soul inspiration from the likes of Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder to impressive effect. His versatility stunned audiences on The Voice 2016 week after week, with stunning versions of Adele’s ‘Rolling In The Deep’ and Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ – which now has over 5 million views – being met with rapturous applause – and in the latter case, a full house of turns from The Voice coaches. The team Ricky finalist released the winner’s single ‘All You Good Friends’ after being crowned the winner of The Voice UK, which shot to number two on iTunes.
Recover is available to pre-order via iTunes