In the lead up to his UK headline tour, James Blunt today reveals a surprise new version for his next single ‘Halfway’, which now features a duet with the country-pop duo, Ward Thomas. The original solo version appears on James’ UK top 3 and latest album, ‘Once Upon A Mind’.
Blunt will embark on his UK tour with Thomas this month which will include a show at the Royal Albert Hall on 7th April.
Speaking about the process of turning the single into a duet Blunt said,
“I originally wrote ‘Halfway as a solo performance, and the original version that appears on my album is just me on vocals. But after we recorded the track, it was obvious that this song was really meant to be a duet all along. Because the track has a real Americana vibe, I knew immediately that I needed the best Country singers I could find. I had to look no further than Ward Thomas, who really delivers a powerful performance on this duet."
The new version features some stunning harmonies from Thomas that perfectly blend with Blunt's melodic vocals.
After experimenting with styles over the course of his career, Blunt's latest album, filled with pop songs, ballads and some country influences takes listeners on a journey right back to the beginning. His debut album, 'Back to Bedlam' that included the global smash hit 'You're Beautiful' made Blunt a household name both for his vocals as well as his melancholic sound.
'You're Beautiful' also went on to become one of the earliest memes, and while most singers may have found that disheartening Blunt jumped in on the joke. His self-deprecating humor on social media made him just as popular for his wit and charm as he was for his unique vocals.
James plays the following UK shows. Tickets on sale now:
For the month of February - 14th Birmingham, Arena Birmingham; 15th Manchester, Manchester Arena; 16th Hull, Bonus Arena; 17th Newcastle, Utilita Arena; 19th Glasgow, SEC Armadillo; 20th Nottingham, Nottingham Arena; 21st Cardiff, Cardiff Arena; and 22nd Brighton, Brighton Centre.
For April - 7th LONDON, Royal Albert Hall.
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