In 2009 King Charles released an EP to critical acclaim and as he began writing the album he had an almost fatal accident which put a halt to him finishing for another 6 months. As soon as he could he went back on the road, supporting Mumford & Sons in America early 2010. King Charles then became the first and only British artist to win the prestigious International Songwriting Contest in Nashville and was signed on the spot by Universal Republic in America.
He finished writing and recording his debut album mostly in his bedroom late 2010, and put the final touches to it in Los Angeles. The album draws down influences from Afro-beat, rock and roll, glam, folk, hip-hop and country and the heart of each song is lit up by joyous pop and the edges that are coloured in by wild and wonderful ideas, they are songs with spirit in their belly.
To celebrate finishing his debut album, King Charles will be giving away a free track from the album and organising a free gig.
The free gig will be held at the Shacklewell Arms on Monday 3rd October and entry is open to anyone who has already bought a ticket for the UK tour (dates below). To get into the show email your names along with your tour-ticket reference numbers to this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org and the first hundred people to enter will win a place on the guest list for this one off intimate show. The successful fans will also receive a collectable ‘Ivory Road’ 7″.
The free download of the illuminating ‘Ivory Road’ is available from here.
The first single released from the as yet untitled album is ‘BAM BAM‘ and will be available to buy from 10th October and released 14th November, through Island Records.
UK tour dates
Sat 29 Oct Aldershot West End Centre
Sun 30 Oct Exeter Cavern
Mon 31 Oct Bristol Fleece
Tue 01 Nov Brighton Green Door Store
Thu 03 Nov Southampton Joiners
Fri 04 Nov Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Sat 05 Nov Preston Mad Ferret
Sun 06 Nov Edinburgh Sneaky Pete’s
Mon 07 Nov Glasgow King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
Wed 09 Nov Manchester Roadhouse
Thu 10 Nov London Scala
Sat 12 Nov Birmingham The Temple
Sun 13 Nov Liverpool Masque Loft
Mon 14 Nov Sheffield Leadmill Stage
Tues 15 Nov Nottingham Bodega