Nearly two years after gracing television screens all over the UK as a contestant on The X-Factor
: Series 7
, Aiden Grimshaw
has (finally) unveiled his debut single and it's a wonder to behold. "Is This Love
," due June 3rd
via RCA Records
, was written by the 20-year old Grimshaw, and serves as the first single off his debut album, Misty Eye
, out August 13th
in the UK. Listen to the single BELOW
At first listen, Aiden appears to be he heading in the right direction, musically speaking, following the lead of other more established "folktronica
" artists like Alex Clare
and Ellie Goulding
. This song is an exercise of both subtlety and strength, complete with a big, soaring chorus and booming drum & bass beats, utilizing Grimshaw's beautiful falsetto to absolute perfection. This combination showcases, not only Grimshaw's vulnerability, but his impressive vocal chops as well. Aiden's vocals rise triumphantly above the sleek, futuristic-sounding production, immediately slaying all those who listen. What a debut! Grimshaw's songwriting skills are also worth noting. Gone, are the days when reality show contestants are thrust into the arms of a team of songwriters. I love that this latest crop of burgeoning artists are allowed the opportunity to showcase their own skills as storytellers.
Given that he's a product of an X-Factor
season as BURSTING with talent as Season 7
was, Aiden Grimshaw
should have no problems blowing up in the UK, potentially all over the world. Season 7 has already churned out stars like Rebecca Ferguson
, One Direction
and Cher Lloyd
, all of whom are about to EXPLODE
here in America, or already have *AHEM
* One Direction
*. The one name missing from that list is Season 7 winner Matt Cardle
. I'm worried that he's going to become Britain's own Taylor Hicks
if his career doesn't turn around fast. The charismatic Aiden Grimshaw
has nothing to worry about, as far as I'm concerned. He's a total star.
Impressing the judges right out the box with a rendition of Kanye West
's "Gold Digger
," Grimshaw elicited praise from the notoriously difficult-to-please Simon Cowell
, who said: "Now that's what I call a pop star.
" Grimshaw eventually joined team Dannii Minogue
for the live shows, dazzling the audience week after week with stunningly original performances of popular songs like "Mad World
," "Diamonds are Forever
," and Michael Jackson
." After a performance of Elton John
's "Rocket Man
" on week six of the competition, Grimshaw was eliminated. Cut to a montage sequence of inconsolable teenage girls (and gay men) all over England. It would appear that now, Grimshaw has moved on to bigger and better things. Of the whole experience on X-Factor
, he appears to remain humble, saying:
"I didn't really know what I wanted from it. I love music, and I knew I could sing, but I didn't think I was X Factor material. I'd been given this opportunity and I didn't want to waste it. But I had no idea what sort of music was really me. Everyone else had their own ideas, but all I knew was what I didn't want."
Well, it appears that he's found the type of music that's decidedly his and I like the direction he's going in. Following his time on The X-Factor
, Grimshaw moved to London and "set up a home studio where he spent two years writing and recording demos with various writers and producers."
Hooking up with Australian songwriter/producers Jarrad Rogers
(Lana Del Rey
, Tinchy Stryder
, Pixie Lott
), Grimshaw found his "musical soul mate
." And I think I've found my musical soul mate in Aiden Grimshaw
. Move right on up to the top of my 'Most Anticipated
' list Mr. Grimshaw.
Check out Grimshaw's X-Factor
and look out for his debut single, "Is This Love
" on June 3rd
, followed by his debut album Misty Eye
, out August 13th
UPDATE: It would appear that I spoke too soon about Series 7 X-Factor contestants launching in America. Thanks to an 'Anonymous' commenter, I learned that Matt Cardle will be making his American live debut on May 5th at Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles. It doesn't appear to be part of a bigger U.S. tour...at least not that I know of. Very interesting development. Buy tickets to Matt's May 5th gig in LA HERE.