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Blue’s Simon Webbe announces new solo album

By | Published on Wednesday 12 July 2017

Simon Webbe

Simon Webbe of Blue – who are apparently on hiatus – has announced that he is releasing the final part of a trilogy of albums, ‘Smile’, on 25 Aug. He’s taken his bloody time about it too – his last solo record came out in 2006.

“To be honest I didn’t realise that much time had passed because I’ve still been going out there and doing a lot of gigs abroad”, he said, slightly weirdly. “Because I’ve had so much time out of the game, I’ve got so much more to say now. I needed to evolve as an artist and I needed to close a chapter, and that’s what I’ve done with this album”.

Describing the new record’s genre as ‘urban folk’, he adds: “The album is called ‘Smile’ because not a lot of people are smiling these days. Everybody’s too busy using their phones to connect, nobody’s really connecting anymore. For me, I just wanted to put a title out there that was self-explanatory and will hit home”.

Setting out his goal for the album, he said: “If I can change one person’s life with this album then I’ve done my job”.

The first single from the new record will be ‘Nothing Without You’, a song with which he proposed to his girlfriend earlier this year. Presumably that changed her life, so I guess he’s already achieved his aim.



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