James Atkin makes his solo live debut next month in support of his album 'A Country Mile', out on March 2nd. Full details of "A Country Mile" are below for you.
The ex-EMF singer will be playing throughout the year with his brand new hand-picked band and it's the first time he has gone out under his own name.
With a busy summer of festival appearances ahead, you can catch the band's debut shows at:
Fri 6th March - The Duchess, York
Fri 20th March - Ruby Lounge, Manchester
Sat 28th March - Esquires, Bedford
Fri 10th April - Trades Hall, Hebden
Fri 1st May - Guildhall, Gloucester
Sat 16th May - The Scala, London
plus Kendal Calling and more UK & European Festival dates TBA
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James Atkin - 'A Country Mile' - debut solo album
James Atkin has topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, enjoyed platinum-selling album successes, received an Ivor Novello nomination for his songwriting and toured the world many times over.
Now he is releasing his debut solo album 'A Country Mile'.
After a lengthy period of international dance music success under various identities, James has returned to a style that initially made him world famous - great songs, huge hooks and emotive lyrics which all combine to make an instant and long lasting impression.
"This is a really big thing for me," James explains, "it's taken me a fair while to get to this point and to feel confident that I can share this material that says a lot about the journey I've been on to reach this stage of my life."
The release of 'A Country Mile' is the first time James has put his own name to a new collection of songs and it's certainly been worth the wait.
"Anyone who has followed my progress over the years will know that I've been continuously releasing records over the decades under different guises. I'd like to think with this first solo album I'm rediscovering my roots and harking back to those days when it was all about the songwriting."
'A Country Mile' is bursting with melodies and haunting arrangements, which at their heart feature one of the most distinctive rock/pop/indie voices of all time. Not only that, the songs tell the story of James' own personal journey from the madness of celebrity London life to the relative calm of the North Yorkshire borders.
"It's been a long time coming," says James, "here we go again!"