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Teesside singer-songwriter McCormick releases his latest track, Stay. This heartfelt new offering has an eighties pop-rock dynamic and comes complete with powerful beats, big vocals (complete with luscious harmonies) and roomy guitar. 

Here, McCormick tries to encapsulate the sound of his latest single using three tracks…

Bruce Springsteen – Hungry Heart
To be honest, I could have chosen so many Springsteen tracks. Hungry Heart got the nod as it is such an infectious song.

Although it was released 41 years ago, it is 3.19 minutes of pure pop brilliance. From the minute the drums and then piano kick in, to the key change in the middle 8, it oozes quality. Then add on to that wonderful gravelly Springsteen vocals.

I have always tried to write songs with big strong choruses, and a strong beat, and this is a perfect example of a song that encourages you to sing along.

Johnny Johnny – Prefab Sprout
 I remember getting the Steve McQueen album when I was a student in Bradford, and I think I pretty much played it daily.

Johnny Johnny (or Lucille#1 as an alternative title), for me is the absolute standout track.

From the gentle into with jangly guitars to the piano, and screaming vocals half way through. This is indie pop at its absolute perfection.

Once again, I could have chosen so many of Paddy McAloon’s songs, and whilst I can’t claim to sing or write as well as Prefab Sprout, they have been a big influence to me. I’ve always tried to write songs that sound equally good whether recorded in a studio, stripped back or played live, and that can certainly be said about pretty much most of the Prefab Sprout tracks.  

Hold on to your Heart – The XCERTS
This song for me has got everything you would want in an indie/pop/rock song. 

Lovely raw sounding guitar with minimum distortion, powerful bass and a thumping drum beat all interlaced with a gentle string arrangement, and that’s before I get to the great vocals of Murray MacLeod… And that chorus is to die for. 

This is a great example of a track building up to a different level as it progresses, which is something I try to achieve with my songs. Although Stay intros with a powerful guitar bass and drums, it drops for the first verse before building again into the choruses.

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