Contemporary pop is crowded with wannabes. In this sugar coated carnival, I find myself clinging to any artist who breaks through the manufactured wrapping, while having higher, creative dreams in mind.
Alan Pownall, 24, has the world at his feet, and yet he has reached this position in an almost unheard-of way. He is not one of those singer-songwriters who first picked up the guitar at birth, writing his first song in half an hour, and playing at a thousand open-mic shows before anyone had even heard of his name. In all honesty, he’s almost catapulted into stardom like a firecracker, once lit, unstoppable.
Alan had only performed a few times when he met Adele at the Troubadour. â€œI sheepishly said to her, you can check out a couple of my songs on MySpace. Within a couple of weeks, I was in her Top Friends. Two weeks after that, I was on holiday, and I got a message from her saying, Do you want to support me on my first UK tour?”
â€œI was excited at the prospect â€“ and I had to do it, I wasnâ€™t going to get the opportunity again â€“ but at the back of my mind, I knew I wasnâ€™t ready. I only really had four songs to my name, which included â€˜Colourful Day,’ and three others which I donâ€™t really do anymore. I was writing songs on the road. There were some gigs, where I was reading the lyrics off a piece of paper. It was so unprofessional.â€ He shudders. â€œI definitely remember coming off that tour feeling a little bit broken, but it was all part of getting there.â€
And he’s officially arrived. Mercury Records has now signed the singer/songwriter who has already supported the likes of Adele, Florence & The Machine, Jack Penate, Noah & The Whale & Laura Marling (just to name a few).
Pownall’s debut is due out later in 2010, but in the meantime please check out his cover of Beyonce’s SINGLE LADIES, below.