In 2012, Lewis Watson self-released his debut EP 'It's Got Four Sad Songs On It, BTW' after establishing a devoted online fan-base. It topped the iTunes singer-songwriter chart on the first day of release, outselling the likes of Adele,Madonna and Ed Sheeran in the process, and landed the then nineteen-year-old singer-songwriter a deal with WarnerBros. Records.
Lewis's profile has continued to grow exponentially ever since. All five of his EPs to date have hit the Top 10 at iTunes, each building upon the sales of the previous release. Meanwhile, his online following is phenomenal: 5 million YouTubeplays; 100,000 likes at Facebook; 5 million streams at Spotify; and 70,000 Twitter followers.
After headlining London's Koko and playing two sets at last summer's Glastonbury, Lewis Watson is now set to release his long-awaited debut album 'The Morning' on June 16th.
The album demonstrates Lewis's growing powers as a songwriter. It combines fully-realised reworkings of select songs that emerged as sketches on his early EPs (notably 'Into The Wild' and 'Windows') together with the best of the sixty unreleased songs that he wrote last year. The newer material - including the first single and instant grat track 'Stay',Holding On', 'Outgrow' and 'Castle Street' - takes Lewis's stripped-back guitar-and-voice roots and constructs a richer, more textured sound around him.
"I'm not a fan of just repackaging old material. The original EPs were meant to be works in progress. and these versions are much more polished," he explains. "I wanted people to be able to see the journey of me as an artist and the evolution of the songs. It's unorthodox, but I feel very lucky that I've had that opportunity."
In addition to the standard CD and digital versions of the eleven-track album, a special D2C book edition will also be released with a bonus 52-page diary which tells the story of the making of the album. A comprehensive 37-track versionwill also be available which collates 'The Morning' together with all five EPs to date as well as an additional compilation which features previously unreleased songs and demo recordings.
Lewis's shows grow in size with each tour. with the profile of his audience similarly evolving in new directions. He'll follow release of 'The Morning' with his biggest headline tour to date which includes a major show at the O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire. Please scroll down for the full dates.
20th - Exeter, Phoenix
21st - Southampton, Talking Heads
22nd - Bristol, The Trinity Centre
23rd - Cardiff, The Glee Club
25th - London, O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
27th - Newcastle, O2 Academy 2
28th - Glasgow, Garage
29th - Manchester, Academy 3
1st - Leeds, Cockpit
2nd - Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
3rd - Birmingham, Institute