Ronan Keating has today announced he is to release his first collection of original compositions in six years, with his brand new studio album ‘Fires’.
To be released through Polydor Records on September 3rd, 2012. ‘Fires’ features some of the best songs of Ronan’s career, teaming rousing, exhilarating guitar anthems with yearning, heart-rending ballads that showcase Ronan’s voice at its very best.
It is the sound of an artist reinvigorated and beginning a new phase, returning to the music he is passionate about with stunning results. The album will include the extraordinary new single of the same name which gets it’s first radio play on July 20th. To a building soundtrack of crashing guitars, the single conveys a wistful, fervent assurance to a loved one, spurring them on with the promise of solace and protection, no matter what.
The new album sees Ronan reunited with song writing partners Greg Alexander and Rick Nowells for the first time since 2003. Previously, the song-writing dream team penned some of Ronan’s biggest hits including ‘Life Is A Rollercoaster’ and ‘Lovin Each Day’. Ronan has also worked with some old friends including Steve Lipson (‘Last Thing On My Mind’), Brian Rawlings at Metrophonic and Don Mescall, plus hot new Swedish producers Electric and the writing team of Paddy Dalton & Mathias Wollo.
Ronan said, “The album is back to proper pop again. I’ve been working with the guys behind ‘Life Is A Rollercoaster’ again. I’ve been spending my time getting this album just right and I’m excited about people hearing it.”
The album is even more hotly-anticipated as it is Ronan’s first collection of original songs in six years. His previous three albums - ‘Songs For My Mother’, ‘Winter Songs’ and ‘When Ronan Met Burt’ – all saw Ronan rework some of his favourite songs from the past and gave him the rare opportunity to team up with the legendary Burt Bacharach for an entire album together. Still one the UK’s biggest and best loved male solo artists twelve years after his Number 1 debut solo album, Ronan has since sold over 25 million records worldwide as a solo artist and has notched up multiple Number 1 Albums and Singles.
Ronan’s debut feature film ‘Goddess’ premiered at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival this year. The film sees Ronan co-star alongside the brilliant Laura Michelle Kelly (Sweeney Todd, Mary Poppins). Ronan also continues to be a judge on the Australian X Factor.
UK Tour dates for January and February of 2013 have also been announced. Ronan will perform in cities such as Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and London on his 14 night tour.
16 - Colston Hall - Bristol
19 - Motorpoint Arena - Cardiff
20 - Brighton Centre - Brighton
22 - Royal Centre - Nottingham
25 - LG Arena - Birmingham
26 - The 02 Arena - London
27 - International Centre - Bournemouth
29 - City Hall - Sheffield
30 - Opera House - Blackpool
01 - Echo 2 - Liverpool
02 - 02 Apollo - Manchester
05 - City Hall - Newcastle
08 - Clyde Auditorium - Glasgow
10 - AECC - Aberdeen