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GET TO KNOW: Rob Lea
Photo: Deborah Lea
Having already established his musical chops as the frontman of one of the world's biggest Queen tribute acts, Majesty, singer and songwriter Rob Lea is now looking to showcase his own material as he delivers the passionate new single 'Reflection'.
Opting for a sweet and supple piano-led direction from start to finish, 'Reflection' makes for a wonderfully alluring listen. With his rich and soaring vocals layered amongst a smooth and sweeping aesthetic, he is certainly looking to make an emotional impact with this one.
So with the new single out now, we sat down with him to find out more about his origins and influences over the years.
What was the first band or artist you fell in love with?
I grew up with a lot of my family gigging around the working men's clubs in the North of England, so I was surrounded by the sounds of artists like The Drifters, Niel Diamond etc which I think shaped my affinity to good melodic vocals and strong harmonies. However the first bands I really fell in love with were American Punk Rock bands like Blink 182 and Sum 41. They were the real sounds of my youth and I can always listen to their music with a big sense of nostalgia.
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
I did. My first band was called Wildkard. I was really in love with Aerosmith and Queen at the time, so the vocal arrangements were as overly complicated as I could make them. I often wrote songs at that time about things I had no idea about, but they were very fun to play and we had a great time.
What has been your primary inspiration in writing music?
My audiences and fans are my biggest inspiration. I've toured as a performer for over ten years now and the community that surround me incredibly supportive, I feel very lucky to have such a dedicated following and it was about time I gave them a little piece of me.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
Very difficult question. My obvious choice would be a Freddie Mercury song, I won't name any not to sound too cliche, but I think ELO's Mr Blue Sky is one song that I think is an incredible piece of songwriting and full of life and hope.
If there was any moment in your career you could relive, what would it be?
All my career highlights are yet to come, but I have been very lucky to play at some incredible venues around the world, and of course recently performing on ITV's Starstruck. But those moments are a flash in the pan, i'd rather have a meaningful experience at a full length concert with 100 people than 60 seconds in front of a million.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
I would love to share the stage with Alecia Keys, I think she's a prolific performer, with an incredible voice and would love to perform alongside her.
And is there an artist you would love to collaborate with as well?
At the moment i'm following a new American Artist called Buzz. Her songwriting is incredibly deep and inventive. Her song Liberation is one of my go to songs at the moment.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Hopefully with a couple of albums under my belt and few more stories to tell.
Rob Lea's new single 'Reflection' is available to stream now. Check out the new video for it below.