Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Making It All about the Music; Will Young Opens His UK Tour in Newcastle on Sunday. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Details

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Making It All about the Music; Will Young Opens His UK Tour in Newcastle on Sunday. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Details

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Byline: GORDON BARR

HE WAS the original reality TV pop idol and now, nearly seven years on, Will Young remains one of British music's best-loved stars.

His latest album may have only peaked at No 2 - a chart position most acts never even get close too - but his tour, which starts at Newcastle City Hall on Sunday, sold out fast.

The backbone to his string of dates will be the album Let It Go, which spawned the hit single Changes and the forthcoming release Grace.

"I tried to focus on what I do really well," explains Will. "Last time around I had a film and an album and a tour and it all became a bit of a monster; SUPERWILL - GO!

"This time, I wanted to simplify. I concentrated on lyrics, melodies and voices; where the listener feels like they are in the room with the singer, you can really hear every last breath.

"I made myself stick to that path and it's just been the most pleasurable experience ever."

Which is not to suggest there wasn't some turbulence. It wouldn't be soul without a little heartbreak. "I have enough material to pull on," Will laughs. "I'm kind of doing a relationship a record. But it's not so bleak, there's a bit of silver lining.

"I find writing therapeutic. It's one of the best things I have in life. You wake up, you're feeling rubbish and you get the opportunity to put it on paper, sing it, and by the end of the day you've got it out of you.

"It's a way of talking to yourself.

Songs are full of the kind of advice I hand out to my friends."

He will always be the Original Pop Idol, but the public has come to learn there is so much more to Will Young.

A politics graduate (with a 2:2 from Exeter University), he has even written about gay rights in a national broadsheet.

"I don't specifically address sexuality in my songs, because I feel love and music are universal, but there were things I wanted to say," he reflects. …

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