Graham Clark, Features Writer
Earl comes from Anchorage, Alaska but is now resident in the UK. This exciting new artist is going to be the support act on the Rick Astley tour which visits Halifax, Harrogate and Sheffield later this month.
YOU ARE ORIGINALLY FROM AMERICA, NOW YOU ARE RECORDING YOUR NEW ALBUM IN THE UK.
It has been quite a journey, I started singing in the church choir and then when I was 18 I moved to Hollywood and gave up college to go there. I had a series of record deals and at one point I was a hotel singer in Mexico, then I was asked if I wanted to move to London. I auditioned for the BBC Introducing Music scheme and was successful with that.
YOUR NEW SINGLE, TONGUE TIED SOUNDS A LITTLE LIKE CARO EMERALD?
She is a wonderful artist, fantastic performer and a good songwriter. We filmed the video for the song at an old pub, The Sun Tavern in Bethnal Green in London, it has lots of atmosphere. It was a 12 hour day to shoot but we did it all in a day.
THE SINGLE DOES HAVE JAZZ INFLUENCES?
Yes there are my church and gospel influences in there too. My dad was born in 1931 and he was a bit older than my mum but I grew up listening to Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby. My mum was the daughter of a big band musician so there was all those influences on me when I was growing up, then I found my own music watching MTV.
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That's right, Paloma Faith was introduced to me by one of her producers. I wrote the track, Smoke Rings with Paloma. The Basement Jaxx connection came via my record label. We have done a track together called Strange Heart. They wanted to bring out the gospel side of me on the track and it has worked really well. The album will be released this summer.
HOW HAS THE RICK ASTLEY TOUR COME ABOUT?
We are on the same record label. I have not met Rick yet. The tour starts in Manchester and we are visiting Yorkshire and it will be a great opportunity to showcase my songs. There are some amazing venues on the tour like the Royal Albert Hall in London. I will be performing 6 songs and be on stage for 30 minutes.
WHY SHOULD PEOPLE GET EARLY TO SEE YOU ON THE TOUR?
I love to perform and I will give it my best. I have been doing this for a long time now but this feels like a whole new start and I am very grateful for the opportunity. I am looking forward to the shows very much.
Earl plays the following Yorkshire gigs as support to Rick Astley:
17 March - Halifax Victoria Theatre
25 March - Harrogate Conference Centre
28 March - Sheffield City Hall
Interview: Earl, 12th March 2017, 15:28 PM