Singer songwriter Michael Paynter will release his long-awaited debut album later this month.
The singer, whose national profile received a significant boost last year via his appearance on ‘The Voice’, kicked off the album campaign yesterday with the release of the title track lead single and its accompanying video clip (below).
And, understandably, Michael is excited to finally get the debut LP out there.
“I just can’t wait to for people to finally hear the sweat, the tears, the empty bank accounts, the tours, the late nights, the failures, the wonderful experiences, the trial and the victories put into twelve great songs,” he said in a statement.
The first album has been a long time coming for the singer, who had previously been working on an LP with his long-term label Sony. It was the dissipation of his record contract with Sony that became the catalyst for the title track.
“It was such a tough time for me,” he reveals. “I had poured my entire life into my career for the better part of a decade, and ended up with no album. For a while there I felt like I was defeated, but once the initial feelings wore away, I felt this huge sense of relief… like I’d lifted a huge boulder off my shoulders, I felt free. Sometimes you have to know when to walk away… And just as the stars come crashing down around you, you find yourself for the first time in a long time, REALLY alive.”
To celebrate the release of the new album, Michael will hit the road from the middle of next month for a series of live dates, predominantly across the East Coast (a Perth show will be announced shortly). He’s also supporting Icehouse on their national tour and will also appear at the Forest Edge Music Festival in Neerim, Victoria on March 07.
Michael’s debut album ‘Weary Stars’ will be released on Friday January 31.
February 12 : Brisbane (Black Bear Lodge)
February 13 : Melbourne (Toff In Town)
February 14 : Sydney (The Basement)
February 20 : Cronulla (Brass Monkey)
February 21 : Dee Why (Lizotte’s)
February 22 : Kincumber (Lizotte’s)
February 23 : Newcastle (Lizotte’s)
March 27 : Adelaide (Jive Bar)