We Talk To Brian McFadden Ahead Of His Singles ‘Angel’ And ‘Direct Me’ From New Soul Album ‘Otis’

Brian McFadden is set to release his fifth studio album, ‘Otis’, on 2 November. A tribute to Otis Redding, it’s a departure from the pop style McFadden is known for, but it’s a side of the singer that he’s long been wanting to show the world.

For ‘Otis’, Brian has taken some of the best material out there, and re-worked the songs in a way which showcase his voice yet in no way detract from their intrinsic beauty. Supporting Brian on the album are formidable talents such as Mica Paris, who joins him on ‘Angel’; and Andrew Strong, who first came to prominence in blockbuster film, ‘The Commitments’, back in 1991. Danny McCormack produced and scored the album.

Brian has performed a few numbers from the album on the Café Nero Stage at this year’s Cornbury Festival, as a surprise special guest, and made his soul debut on Wednesday 12 September, where he sang ‘Direct Me’ in front of a packed room including Jools Holland and the cream of UK, Irish, and European soul music, at the Boisdale Music Awards in London.

Lisa had the chance to speak with Brian ahead of the awards, where he won for Best Male Artist. You can watch and listen to the interview here:

Essentially Pop Meets Brian McFadden

Find Brian McFadden online on his official website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and stream and download his music on YouTube, Spotify, Amazon and iTunes.

About the author

Lisa has been writing for over 20 years, starting as the entertainment editor on her university newspaper. Since then she's written for Popwrapped, Maximum Pop, Celebmix, and ListenOnRepeat.

Lisa loves all good music, with particular fondness for Jedward and David Bowie. She's interviewed Edward Grimes (Jedward), Kevin Godley, Trevor Horn, Paul Young, Peter Cox (Go West), Brendan B Brown (Wheatus), Bruce Foxton (The Jam), among many many more. Lisa is also available for freelance writing - please email lisa@essentiallypop.com

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