R&B star Craig David returns with a new single and album deal with MCA Music (A Universal Music Group company). His first single, is One More Lie (Standing In The Shadows), taken from his fifth studio album Signed Sealed Delivered released later on the March 2010.
The album is a collection of some of the great soul hits including For Once In My Life, Papa Was A Rolling Stone, I Heard It Through The Grapevine and the title track by Stevie Wonder, reworked in Craig’s own style. The single, his first since 2008, takes a sample from the classic Four Tops hit (first released in 1966) and gives it a modern flavour.
From a UK Garage pioneer to a mainstream multi-million seller, Craig David is so much more than your average artist. The Southampton born singer is a truly exceptional individual who transcends the norm, consistently outdoes expectation and continues to push musical boundaries. Still only 27-years old, it’s incredible to consider what he’s achieved during his ten year career. From Ivor Novello awards to sales of over 13 million, 2 No.1’s, 13 Top 10 hits, huge success in America and sold out shows across the world, Craig is one of the music scene’s most successful male solo performers. As well as awards, acclaim, platinum sales and sold-out tours, the singer/songwriter is one of a handful of artists able to balance incredible commercial success with can’t-pay-for-it credibility.
His brand new album, Signed Sealed Delivered asserts once more why Craig is such a significant artist. Covering a multitude of Motown classics, Craig’s fifth studio offering retains his innovative approach to music-making. Favourites from Stevie Wonder, the Four Tops and The Temptations are all given a 2010 twist; the first single One More Lie (Standing In The Shadows) is an upbeat floor-filler, featuring hardknock drums and a new level of vocal from Craig, as he takes it to the top-end. Indeed, his voice is the centerpiece of the entire album, asserting his presence as a powerful pop vocalist. “I felt like, if I’m going to sing a Stevie song, I have to do it justice, so I approached it differently,” says Craig of recording the record. “Even if my voice broke hitting those notes, even if it was out of my comfort zone, I put my all in. I wanted this record to feel the same as when I made my first album; the songs had to pop out of the speakers. As soon as I started to feel that, I knew I was onto a winner.”
Unaware that Motown meant all songs recorded on the eponymous label, Craig also picked out a Curtis Steigers classic, I Wonder Why. “My manager had to sit me down and explain Motown’s history,” he laughs. “But I love that track so much, so we decided to keep it regardless.” Featuring eleven Motown songs and one Steigers, Signed Sealed Delivered also covers For Once In My Life, Papa Was A Rolling Stone, I Heard It Through The Grapevine and, of course, the title track by Stevie. Stuffed with soul, synths, powerful melodies and razor-sharp riffs, the album reflects Craig’s young age while tipping more than a large nod to the masters of music.
Signed Sealed Delivered, does exactly what is says on the proverbial tin. He’s already achieved so much more than most, but for Craig David the story continues. “I haven’t lost the excitement or the love; in fact if anything, I’m more inspired than ever.”
Signed Sealed Delivered available March 2010, only from MCA Music.
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|All Alone Tonight (Stop, Look, Listen)
|For Once In My Life
|I Heard Through The Grapevine
|I Wonder Why
|Just My Imagination
|Let’s Stay Together
|Mercy, Mercy Me
|One More Lie (Standing In The Shadows)
|Papa Was A Rolling Stone
|Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)
|(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Day
|This Could Be Love