“His voice is both fresh and immediately classic, a softly pop-focused sense of soul that veers between Sam Cooke and James Taylor” – CLASH
Hot off the success of ‘I Know The Feeling’, Rhys Lewis shares his highly anticipated fourth release ‘Be Your Man’, out on Decca Records on 11 August. Highlighting a softer side to the singer-songwriter, this soulful ballad tackles the heartache that comes with unrequited love.
The release comes in conjunction with the news that Rhys will be embarking on a brand new headline tour across the UK, hitting Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham, before finishing with an anticipated show at London’s Oslo.
Notably more stripped back in comparison to his previous releases, ‘Be Your Man’ showcases Rhys’ raw and powerful vocals, brimming with emotion and conviction. His incredible ability to tell stories through his lyrics shines through in this heart-wrenching track, exploring the all too relatable feeling of being in a relationship with someone who is still hung up on an ex-lover.
Rhys says, “‘Be Your Man’ is about getting closer to someone and then coming to the realisation that they’re still not over their last relationship. It makes you feel like you’ve not really been given a fair chance when the person you’re with keeps comparing you to what they had with someone else.
I started to sense that she wasn’t ready to embrace something new as she was still holding onto the past. It was a shame because I thought we had something great, but I got tired of feeling like I was living in someone else’s shadow.
I guess writing this song was my way of dealing with it. I hope that people will be able to relate to the lyrics and that it helps others going through the same situation.”
Having spent the past 12 months writing and recording for his debut album, Rhys has become somewhat of an online sensation, with his first release ‘Waking Up Without You’ soaring to the #1 spot on Spotify’s Viral Chart. He has since racked up 4.5 million streams in total and his latest track ‘I Know The Feeling’ has received massive support on BBC Radio 2.
The 24-year-old bright talent has spent time between studios in London, Nashville, Stockholm, LA and Berlin, which has allowed him to develop a maturity to his song-writing, fusing a rich soulful tone with a lyrical immediacy straight from the heart of Bill Withers, James Taylor and Carole King. Rhys has an undeniable gift to capture emotions that will strike a chord with anyone, and has already garnered a troupe of loyal fans in the UK as well as internationally.
Rhys will be embarking on a European and a UK headline tour this autumn and his debut album is set for release in early 2018