December 15th, 2021 9pm Stage 3
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“Charismatic Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Paul Freeman crafts hook-laden pop confections that balance the earnest soul-searching of adult alternative rock and the swagger and bravado of Brit-pop.” –All Music Guide
“If there was any justice, Paul Freeman would be a household name.” —Todd Rundgren
Justice, it seems, may be right around the corner for the Welsh-born singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Paul Freeman has enjoyed a recent buzz-worthy wave of critical and commercial success—a wave he now prepares to ride to new heights with the release of his first full-length album, Shotgun Skyline, and its third single, “Colours.”
The single’s release is a wonderful follow-up moment for Freeman, an artist who is no stranger to big moments. Freeman has toured the world and performed with a veritable “who’s who” of pop and rock music: James Blunt, Chris Cornell, Chris Isaac, Joe Cocker, Roger Daltrey, Ron Wood, Todd Rundgren, and Steve Winwood just to name a few. He’s played guitar on Blunt’s iconic recording of “You’re Beautiful,” written a 2017 Top-40 Billboard hit for Sleeping With Sirens, and has written songs covered by Robbie Williams, Meat Loaf, and Mark Owen of Take That. His co-writing credits include work with Deana Carter and Carol Bayer Sager.
This moment however, is different than the others he’s experienced. This is the continuation of a new chapter for Freeman, one with him and his work up front and in the spotlight—a spotlight powered by his new record deal with Merrill Artists (ECR Music Group/SONY) and by the authenticity and intimacy of the new music he’s written and recorded.
“Colours” was produced and recorded by Freeman and written with the incomparable Stuart Crighton in Nashville while being mixed and mastered by indie-music luminary Blake Morgan in New York City. “Colours,” Freeman says, is like watching the sun set a from the ocean as one takes that last nostalgic dip before departing. While reminiscing about his first holiday away from home, Freeman remembers that experience of being away and the feeling of absolute freedom to dream, a feeling we continually crave throughout our lives.
That special marriage of universality and uniqueness in Freeman’s writing is perhaps what is most celebrated—and welcomed—by both his fans and his contemporaries. For those familiar with Freeman’s work, or for those who are about to be, this new single and new chapter for the artist will not disappoint.
“Colours,” the new single from Paul Freeman’s forthcoming debut album Shotgun Skyline, is now out on all platforms on Merrill Artists.