Nik Kershaw announces the release of ‘EI8HT’, his eighth studio album and the first since the 2006 release of ‘You’ve Got To Laugh’.
‘EI8HT’ is a collection of eleven original “real life” songs combining irresistible melody with sharp, intelligent lyrics. The styles and influences baffle, confound and delight as he effortlessly jumps between genres. Is it rock, is it folk, is it pop, is it contemporary or retrospective? All of the above, and more. In his own words: “I never sit down and decide to make an album. A few tunes and words get inside my head and torment me until I give them a voice. It’s not like I have a choice, the songs just demand to be written. When the ideas run out, the album’s finished, simple as that”.
The first single is ‘The Sky’s The Limit’, a beautifully understated pop song that serves to remind us why Nik has been nominated for three Ivor Novello and four Brit Awards.
In September Nik will be playing nine dates to celebrate the re-release of his 1984 iconic multi-platinum debut album ‘Human Racing’, which he will be performing in its entirety. Nik will also be introducing songs from this new studio album ‘EI8HT’, along with many favourites spanning his varied and illustrious career. This will be the first time Nik has toured with his band since 2001 and offers an all too rare chance to experience one of the UK’s premier singer/songwriters in concert.
19 September - Sheffield 02 Academy
20 September - Glasgow ABC
21 September - Liverpool 02 Academy
22 September - Birmingham 02 Academy
23 September - Newcastle 02 Academy
25th September - Oxford 02 Academy
26th September - Bristol 02 Academy
27th September - Bournemouth 02 Academy
28th September - London 02 Shepherds Bush Empire
Tickets priced £22.50 except London from £25 www.ticketweb.co.uk 08444 771 000
Prior to the tour Nik will be playing a special set at BT London Live in Hyde Park on Wednesday August 8th.
Nik Kershaw signed with MCA Records in 1983. His debut album ‘Human Racing’ gave Nik his first UK top 5 singles with the hits ‘Won’t let the Sun Go Down on Me’ and ‘Wouldn’t It Be Good’, and launched his career worldwide. The equally successful ‘The Riddle’ followed with the title track, ‘Wide Boy’ and ‘Don Quixote’ all reaching the UK top 10 and in 1990, after four MCA albums and sales of over 8 million, Nik left the spotlight to concentrate on song writing and producing. The following years saw him working with many artists including Elton John, Chesney Hawkes, Ronan Keating, The Hollies, Colin Blunstone, Imogen Heap & Gary Barlow.
Nik rekindled his recording career in 1998 with the critically acclaimed album ‘15 Minutes’ and has subsequently released three further albums: ‘To Be Frank’ in 2001, ‘You’ve Got To Laugh’ in 2006 and in 2010 the solo acoustic album ‘No Frills’.