Rising star John Newman, who has already written and fronted both the glorious Rudimental number 1 single, 'Feel The Love', and the follow up smash 'Not Giving In', steps out on his own with the release of his first solo material.

Fans of the multi-talented writer/artist/producer/singer will be able to hear John premiering tracks from his forthcoming debut LP after he was announced as the special guest on friends Rudimental’s forthcoming UK tour in April & May. The dates are as follows:

Apr 23 Glasgow Oran Mor
Apr 24 Liverpool O2 Academy
Apr 26 Manchester Gorilla
Apr 27 Birmingham Library, The Institute
Apr 30 Oxford O2 Academy
May 01 Norwich UEA
May 02 London Electric Brixton

Hailing from Settle in the Yorkshire Dales, and possessing a voice that has been compared to some of the soul greats, John has already appeared on Later With Jools and the Christmas Top Of The Pops special and looks set to establish himself as one of the UK’s major new talents.

As taster of things to come you can now get a free download of John’s demo of his song ‘Try’ by clicking here: http://zaphod.uk.vvhp.net/vvreg/6891-263693

Hear the track on YouTube.

Check out his stripped down version of ‘Not Giving In’ here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbh0zD_q_6o

John Newman began playing guitar and writing his own songs aged just 14 and soon learned how to record and produce himself, making his own house tracks and DJing. A few years later and all the influences start to stack up to form the basis of John’s sound. Think the pure soul and groove of early Stax and Motown, add a dash of James Brown and Prince, a smattering of Black Keys, and mix it all together with a bit of Dangermouse. It’s all in there, it’s all great, but what really hits you is the voice. That Voice.

At 20 he moved to London, started a band, played some gigs and got signed to Island Records. His keyboard player also happened to be one of the producer/ extraordinaires in Rudimental. A few beers on a sunny afternoon in a dingy studio and the number one single ‘Feel The Love’ and follow up hit single ‘Not Giving In’ were born. Oh and he’s still only 21.

Stay tuned for details on John’s first solo single.