By Rachel Dempster
Following a recent successful stint on the ITV singing and dating show 'Romeo and Duet,' talented singer SJ Hill is now looking ahead to launching his solo career, following his recent collaboration with Amba Jae on single 'Tell Me.' We caught up with SJ to talk about his time on the show, what's next for him and more. Keep reading to check out what he had to say!
When speaking about the ITV show, he explained that overall, "it was a really good experience," with all of the staff on the TV production making him feel really comfortable. "Going into it, I didn't really know what to expect. Before I went up there, they briefed us on what was potentially happening, but it was all quite low-key, so no-one really knew what was going on. All we knew was that we had to go on and sing, but there was also the risk of us not singing, because of the format of the show." While he admits that the date went "really well" and Amba Jae is a "really nice girl," they are both focusing on their music, but there might be some plans for a future collaborative EP.
The release of their emotive ballad 'Tell Me,' which he described as being "melodic, chilled and sexy," has been immensely well received, with both artists' vocals being exemplified on this track. "I quite enjoy doing collaborations, because I think that it gives you versatility as an artist. It gives another dimension of what you can do as an artist and a singer. Amba Jae has a great voice as well - it's been cool doing the campaign with her."
While he is focusing on the current campaign to promote 'Tell Me,' he also has plans to release his own solo music in the very near future. "I've written so many tracks! There will probably be more solo releases before I release the EP with Amba Jae, which is a work in progress."
When going back to his roots, music has always been one of his passions. "Music was always something I loved doing growing up. My Dad was in bands, so I would always go and watch him, and my Mum was a massive R&B and soul lover as well. Growing up, there were very mixed genres going on. I've always loved the R&B and soul stuff, so I'd say my sound is a combination of R&B, soul and pop." He says that he mainly derives a lot of inspiration from John Mayer and Stevie Wonder, hailing him as "the modern-day artist that I look up to."
Since coming off the show, he wants to continue to build on his success, with him now receiving the backing of a team, while remaining an independent artist. "Hopefully, I'll be pushed into the right direction and get signed by a label - that's the plan now! I want to get out there as much as I can and gig as much as I can! I want to carry my name and get it out there."
With everything now "coming together nicely," the future looks immensely promising for him and exciting things lie in store. He took the time to thank everyone who supported him over the years and also thanked his new supporters. "The fans are the most important thing, so hopefully I can keep building my fanbase and be successful!"
'Tell Me' is out now and is available to purchase and stream through all major music purchasing and streaming outlets.
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