Look out! He’s ditched the cover versions this time around and is rockin’, rollin’ and perhaps a little soulin’ with an original for his second single. Yes, Marcus Collins was runner-up to girl group Little Mix in the 2011 version of UK’s ‘The X Factor’, but since his near-triumph, he’s been taken under the wing of one Take That frontman Gary Barlow, who’s overseen the careful crafting of Marcus’ debut, self-titled album.
First single ‘Seven Nation Army’ was a cover of the White Stripes album that although arguably more soulful than the original, was a little pedestrian for our tastes.
But single No.2 – ‘Mercy’ – sees the fledgling singer take it up a notch.
With a cacophony of horns, delicious gospel backing and oodles of swagger, this co-penned soul-splashed number feels so much more assured than the tentative step of its predecessor. It’s pretty infectious, to be honest.