Introducing David Stewart: West London's emerging singer-songwriter

David Stewart has already collaborated with Example, Ed Sheeran and Wretch 32 (to name a few)

Hailing from West London, the multi-talented singer-songwriter David Stewart began his career at the age of twelve when he began learning to play the drums under the guidance of his father who worked in the music industry. Having grown up around music, it wasn't long before he also began teaching himself to play the piano, guitar, and his unique and distinctive set of vocal skills.

Inspired by the likes of Michael Jackson, Phil Collins and Frank Sinatra, it was inevitable that Stewart's hard work and persistence was eventually going to pay off and at the age of just seventeen - he landed an impressive slot performing with rapper/singer, Example, as his backing vocalist, keyboardist and guitarist. The tour took him from performing for crowds of 46 people in Brighton, to huge crowds of more than 80,000 on the main stage at V festival last year.

Fast forward several years later and David Stewart is now an accomplished singer, songwriter and record producer, who has worked with some of the best in UK music industry including Wretch 32, Ed Sheeran and Yasmin - an experience that has only persuaded David to focus further on his solo efforts.

"Pouring Rain" is David's melodious lead single from his debut, yet untitled studio album, which is set to be released later this year. The track is reminiscent of a mix between the style of Robin Thicke and Bruno Mars, with a hint of that late '80s summer soul vibe, and is scheduled for release on 11th August 2013.

The music video for "Pouring Rain" was shot in the States and depicts David stepping out of a vintage car, into the backdrop of the iconic Hollywood Hills, and overlooking the instantly recognisable landscape of Tinseltown.

Last year saw the release of David's mixtape, "Late Night Viewing", which he produced by himself along with the help of co-writer and friend Example. The mixtape racked up a credible 70,000 downloads (and counting) as well as its lead track, entitled "Lay On The Bonnet" being announced as Hot Record of the Week on BBC Radio 1Xtra.

I think what I liked most about David's mixtape is that it's not tiered to just one genre. There are strong hints of R&B in some tracks whilst others have soft electro-pop vibes; it's a refreshing sound, something that's unique in this current industry. One of my favourite tracks, Heaven (which features Ed Sheeran), is a chilling and angelic offering which has beautiful lyrics to match.

I like how the mixtape also has an extensive use of various instruments, especially in tracks such as Breathe Slow, which is a track that reminds me of the vocal style and delivery of Canadian Artist - The Weeknd. Overall, I think the mixtape is a great debut and a fresh take on contemporary R&B and I'll definitely be downloading whatever David releases in the future.

David Stewart will be supporting Ronan Keating on 10th August 2013 at Audley End House. Supporters can also see him at Mau Mau Bar, London, on July 20th 2013, Bodos Schloss on 24th July 2013 and Dry Bar, Manchester on 27th July 27th. For further information, visit David's Facebook, follow him on Twitter or listen to his music at Soundcloud and YouTube.

Shehnaz Khan is an entertainment journalist from Royal Leamington Spa. Follow Shehnaz on Twitter.

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