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James Arthur today (5 November) releases his fourth album It’ll All Make Sense In The End and is looking forward to getting back out on tour in the new year. This album makes a strong personal statement and has, says the Middlesbrough singer-songwriter, helped him through the enforced lock downs.

“It started out as a difficult time, for everyone, but music’s always the thing that helps me get through a tough period of time,” James says. “This lockdown project kind of focused me and I managed to channel my anxieties into the music.

“I started out watching a lot of Netflix and playing a lot of FIFA – a lot! But I slowly realised that we were in for the long haul and set about getting a studio set up in my house so that I could get back to writing some music. This new album has been entirely written in my own home and I think that really comes through. It’s the first time I’ve ever written like that and being so comfortable in my surroundings has definitely allowed me to push the boundaries more than ever and be more vulnerable in my song writing.

It’ll All Make Sense In The End is a bit of a motto that I’ve always held on to through the highs and lows and I truly believe it, too. If it’s a bit rough right now, stick it out and eventually you’ll be able to look back and realise that it all adds up.”

James Arthur, photo Ryan Sarandjola

James Arthur has sold over 30 million records worldwide and has to date released three hugely successful albums: James Arthur (UK No.2), Back From The Edge (UK No.1) and YOU (UK No.2) in 2019. He has also scored nine solo UK Top 40 singles including two No.1s and was awarded a disc for reaching a billion streams on Spotify with Say You Won’t Let Go, the No.1 global hit that brought James back from the edge. It currently has 1.7 billion streams on the platform. James recently dominated the airwaves and charts with his collaboration with Sigala, Lasting Lover which was a No.1 airplay song in the UK, No.1 on iTunes and Top 10 on the Official Singles Chart.

The first song to come from his lockdown writing session Medicine is an uplifting ode to self, to relationships, to community and connection, and to the healing, the restorative powers of love over adversity. It is the perfect antidote to the ills of the past two years: You come and make me better than I’ve ever been.’

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“Lockdown forced any couple to look at themselves,” James reflects. “It held a mirror up to us all, didn’t it? And my partner was hugely supportive through that whole time. There are some pretty dark lyrics in there: ‘When I’m suicidal, you don’t let me spiral…’ But I had the mindset that this was going to be the best album I’d ever made, to look the best I’d ever looked, and come back and surprise people. I wasn’t going to be held back any more, have my confidence wrecked, by wondering what people think about me.

“From day one there was a sound that I wanted to go for on this record. Even early on it sounded like a real album, a proper body of work. This is the first time I’ve made an album all in one place and you can hear this in the music.”

James recently released the beautiful track Emily, ahead of the album release, an emotional message to the next generation. “That arose from conversations about having kids.

Emily is written as a letter to my future daughter. I’m at the age now where I’m starting to think about one day having a family and the lockdowns got me thinking about what I’d be like as a father – and how much being a dad would mean to me. Would I even be a good dad? What if they read about all the sh*t I’ve been through? It doesn’t matter because, ultimately, I’m the guy who’s going to be there for you all your life. So, this is a note to the daughter I’d love to one day have. Or son! But I might have to re-write the track in that event…

James’s has been open about his struggles with his mental health. He feels that talking about it is seen as a weakness when coming from a working-class background, something he is keen to address.

“A lot of fans have struggled with mental health issues. I suffered in silence for a long time and when I realised how profoundly important it was to speak about my mental health, I decided that from that day on I would raise awareness where I could. I try to talk about it as much as I can in the public domain.

“I’ve got an anxiety disorder, so that whole period of time exasperated it, so something really positive came out of it with this new record. I’ve had my fair share of setbacks, but I’m still here doing my thing.”

It’ll All Make Sense In The End track listing:

1 Running Away (4.09)

2 Wolves (3.21)

3 Medicine (3.30)

4 September (3.42)

5 Always (2.48)

6 Emily (3.23)

7 Last of The Whiskey (3.31)

8 Never Let You Go (3.45)

9 4000 Miles (3.09)

10 Déjà vu (3.05)

11 Ride (3.50)

12 Avalanche (3.49)

13 SOS (3.42)

14 Take It Or Leave It (3.08)

It’ll All Make Sense In The End is released on Columbia Records.

After a few live appearances this summer, James is now looking forward to touring the UK and Ireland in March 2022, with dates including a special show at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall. He will be performing songs from his new album alongside his classic hit singles and fan favourites. A North American tour follows in April and May. 

“Getting back on stage has been exactly what I’ve been needing. We played a couple of sold-out headline shows in London and Belfast which were amazing – and playing to a big festival crowd at the Isle of Wight Festival was a real highlight. It’s so good to be back with my band and crew too – we’ve never spent so long apart!

“The new album is literally written to play live, so I’m really excited to bring those songs to life in that way.”

James Arthur’s 2022 UK tour dates are:

Saturday 5 March, Bournemouth, International Centre

Sunday 6 March, Plymouth, Pavilions

Tuesday 8 March, Stockton, Globe

Wednesday 9 March, London, Royal Albert Hall

Friday 11 March, Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena

Saturday 12 March, Brighton, Centre

Monday 14 March, Leeds, O2 Academy

Tuesday 15 March, Hull, Bonus Arena

Thursday 17 March, Glasgow, SEC Armadillo

Saturday 19 March, Birmingham, O2 Academy

Sunday 20 March, Southend, Cliffs Pavilion

Tuesday 22 March, Manchester, O2 Apollo

Wednesday 23 March, Newcastle, O2 City Hall

Friday 25 March, Sheffield, City Hall

Monday 28 March, Belfast, Ulster Hall

Tuesday 29 March, Dublin, Olympia Theatre

For more information and tickets please visit https://www.jamesarthurofficial.com/live/

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