““It’s always the plan to shift a gear, stir something up and tell the truth of where I am in the world…””
Change is in the air for award-winning artist Robert Vincent. The Liverpool singer/songwriter will release his fourth studio album in 2023 and his music is riding the winds of change with Vincent revealing “I’m learning how to lower my barriers and have made a more personal album than ever before.”
“He's the Real Deal” - Bob Harris OBE (BBC Radio 2)
It was the start of 2020 when Robert’s third LP, the critically-acclaimed ‘In This Town You’re Owned’, was released by Thirty Tigers and walked straight into a worldwide pandemic. Despite stalled promotional plans and tours, the record resonated enough to win the Americana Music Association UK’s ‘Album Of The Year’ award for 2021. Receiving critical acclaim, the record also charted at number 2 in the UK Americana Charts and American Songwriter Magazine named ‘In this Town You’re Owned’ in its top 20 albums (every genre) of 2020. “I had to try to take the positives as an artist’ Robert says when recalling the experience of lockdown. “I hadn’t had any time off from performing in many years and that gave me a bit of a reset…but I’m now looking ahead to a successful year and excited to be playing new songs to people”.
It was Vincent’s powerful and soulful voice that attracted acolytes such as Bob Harris, Paul Carrack and Mary Chapin Carpenter. In 2016, Harris awarded Robert with his ‘Emerging Artist’ of the year award at the inaugural UK Americana Awards show describing Vincent as “absolutely magnetic” and “the real deal”. In 2018 following the release of ‘I’ll Make The Most Of My Sins’ (AMAUK Album of The Year 2018) Robert was invited to perform on the BBC ‘Old Grey Whistle Test, For One Night Only’ closing the show. It was this performance that would propel him to number 1 and 2 in the iTunes Album and Singles Charts.
Maintaining his status as one of the most acclaimed voices in the UK Americana scene, Robert’s new songs represent a left turn for an artist who is ready for something more.
The new album “has more of a concise sound,” Robert says. “The songs arrived throughout 2022 and are born from personal experiences, rather than the social commentary of the last album. This is a very intimate set of tunes.”
The record has captured said intimacy. Robert’s core band (Anna Corcoran on piano, vocals; Jim Kimberley, drums; Danny Williams, bass; Adrian Gautrey, guitar, keys) gathered under the eye of engineer Jon Withnall (Coldplay, I Am Kloot) and performed the music live in the studio. With the fantastic addition of featured guitarist Joe Coombs and award winning producer Ethan Johns (Tom Jones, Paul McCartney, Ray Lamontagne, Laura Marling) once again mixing the album. Johns, also a gifted instrumentalist, has added extra drums, percussion, guitar as well as bringing his unmistakable creative flare to the mixing process.
“A phenomenal, spiritual listen” - Sunday Times Album Review
Robert continues to tour extensively showing his versatility as both a solo performer and with a full band. Notable performances include 2023 Celtic Connections at Glasgow Theatre Royal with Mary Chapin Carpenter, showcase performances at Americana Fest in Nashville, Tennessee, supporting Roger Waters at Hyde Park, Tours with Paul Carrack and Duane Eddy who gifted him with one of his signature ‘Gretsch’ guitars after his 80th birthday celebration at The London Palladium.
Following on from a busy start to the year and now into festival season and gigs across the summer months, Autumn 2023 will see Robert embark on an extensive tour to accompany the release of the first singles from the new album.