With two number one albums, five top ten singles, a BRIT Award and seven million sales, James Morrison is one of the biggest success stories of his era. He’s now set for an exciting new chapter in his career with the release of his new album You’re Stronger Than You Know via Stanley Park Records.

With its lead single, My Love Goes On, which is an impassionate modern soul anthem, the conversational confessional finds Morrison’s once-in-a-generation vocals complemented by Joss Stone. Their connection goes back to when she presented him with the BRIT Award for British Male Solo Artist in 2007. The track is accompanied by an official video, which captures a beautiful performance from James and Joss in a recording studio in Chicago.

“I always love working with people, especially when they have a wicked voice like Joss,” he says. “She’s from the same musical heritage as me. I’m excited to celebrate soul music with another artist who is recognised for soul.”

Harking back to the Stax and Motown eras that he loves, 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 song writing inspiring a voice that exudes power, tenderness and experience. His band, meanwhile, hit that life-affirming sweet spot between rambunctious energy and tight musicianship.

While the album possesses some darker moments, the overriding feeling is that it offers a beacon of positivity in a climate of bad news. You wouldn’t guess that these songs emerged from such a turbulent time in his life.

Everything threatened to collapse around him as he worked on a follow-up to his 2015 set Higher Than Here. His relationship with his long-term partner Gill hit tough times and he lost his natural song writing instinct. His previous label was pushing him to write uplifting music when he was in the pits of despair. He also wanted to stand apart from the rush of male singer-songwriters who had followed in his wake.

Writing songs with no particular end goal in mind, Morrison gradually overcame his struggles until he realised that he had some of the best material of his career, and more than enough to make an album.

Family is also a consistent theme throughout the record. The uplifting closing ballad Until The Stars Go Out was written in support of his eldest daughter when she was bullied in school, while other songs, notably So Beautiful and Power, celebrate his love and appreciation for Gill. He wrote So Beautiful with Gary Barlow a decade ago, but only recently discovered that the song spoke to his current feelings. And Power, a lyric from which gives the album its title, celebrates the fact that the couple have achieved so much by overcoming challenging times.

James Morrison has also announced details of his first full UK tour in three years, which includes a London show at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

TOUR DATES 2019

March

Date Venue
Mon 25th UEA Norwich
Tue 26th De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill
Wed 27th O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire London
Fri 29th O2 Academy Bristol
Sat 30th O2 Institute Birmingham

April

Date Venue
Mon 1st Old Fruitmarket Glasgow
Tue 2nd Albert Hall Manchester
Thu 4th Olympia Dublin

June

Date Venue
Sun 16th Live At Down Hall Essex

Tickets are now on sale

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