James Fox, the United Kingdom's representative at the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest will shortly release the first track from his forthcoming debut album 'Rocking Chairs and Lemonade'. The self-penned track 'Higher' is due to be released as a CD single on Plastic Tomato Records on 6th October.
James will be hoping for a return to UK charts after his last single Bluebirds Flying High made the Top 20 in the UK charts last May. Five years ago James secured his first hit single with his Eurovision entry Hold Onto Our Love, which reached number 13 in the UK charts.
Speaking about his new album James said It’s very exciting, there’s 11 songs and I’ve written six and co-written the rest but all the lyrics are mine. I’ve always been a songwriter but I’ve always found it difficult. Phil Thornnally, the Ivor Novello-winning songwriter who produced the Natalie Imbruglia smash Torn, has co-written one of the tracks which James is hoping will give him the hit of the album. To have someone of that stature work on the album is amazing, he said. If it gets one tenth of the success of Torn, though it sounds nothing like the track, I’d be ecstatic. It’s taken me a long time to be happy with the sound of this material and to find the right producer and sound for the album. It’s been worth the wait and it’s a true reflection of where I am right now as we managed to capture that in the studio. It’s honest and it’s exceeded my expectations.
Since appearing in the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest, James has developed a successful career in musical theatre with appearances in the UK as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar and has been touring the USA as the leading role in the Billy Joel's musical Movin' Out over the past three years.
Higher and further tracks from his new album are available to listen on James Fox's MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/jamesfoxmusic.
James Fox, who finished in 16th position in the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest with Hold Onto Our Love.