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Lewis Watson

London-based singer/songwriter Lewis Watson got his start in music while still a teenager by quietly uploading cover versions of his favorite songs to a sleepy YouTube account in 2010. The singer's spare acoustic guitar complemented his booming and slightly soulful voice on covers of tunes by the Knife, Bombay Bicycle Club, Bon Iver, and others, and before long he was uploading his own original compositions with great success. Watson began playing out in support of larger acts, and after a gig with his former music teacher Joe Porter, the latter offered his production services to help record Watson's first studio material. The speedy sessions yielded four songs that were eventually released as the cheekily titled EP It's Got Four Sad Songs on It BTW. The buzz surrounding the 2012 release of the EP was enough to have numerous record labels knocking on Watson's door, eventually landing him a contract with Warner Bros. and hurling him into the world of festival performances, Billboard charts, and an ever-growing fan base. Response was so strong to his first EP that a second, Another Four Sad Songs, followed just months afterwards. Things moved quickly and Watson worked tirelessly on a third EP, this time aided by big-ticket songwriters and producers including Richard Wilkinson (Kaiser Chiefs) and Mr. Hudson, and collaborators such as Arctic Monkeys and Florence and the Machine. In early 2013, his third EP, Wild, was released. It, too, contained four sad songs, but it revealed a heightened confidence and glossier production values than his first two releases. Two more EPs followed in 2013, and Watson's debut full-length album, The Morning, finally arrived in July of 2014, boasting a much more full-bodied production than before; it also came in a deluxe edition that contained every song he had ever released. Watson then parted ways with Warner Music and took time to focus on his songwriting. After collecting a wealth of new material, he entered the studio to record what would become his sophomore LP. Signing to long-running indie Cooking Vinyl, Watson issued his second full-length, Midnight, in early 2017; later that year, an all-acoustic version of the same album was released. Watson's third album, The Love That You Want, was recorded over the course of a year with Wilkinson, who had by now become a trusted collaborator and co-architect of Watson's sound. It was released in May of 2020 by Cooking Vinyl.
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