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Teesside singer-songwriter McCormick drops his latest single Till The Sun Comes Up, one of several tracks written during lockdown and planned for release in 2021. It’s a shimmery, buoyant and crisply produced number that, as the title suggests, exudes a Summer vibrancy and optimistically hints at all the outdoor fun we’ll have once this pesky virus is under control. 

McCormick tells us about the inspiration behind his new release…

Anyone who has heard any of my previous albums and singles will know that I tend to write upbeat songs, with the occasional ballad thrown in for good measure. One thing I always aim for is a big chorus. Unlike some artists, who will write continually, I have always tended to write sporadically. I might write nothing for several months and then get an idea for a whole batch of tunes, which I would try out and fine tune as part of a live set. That was until Lockdown no.1 hit us.

Whilst for some people it has been a very creative period, for me it has been mainly mind-numbing. For the first half of 2020, I rarely picked up my guitar except to occasionally record a video playing an older track to post on Facebook. Thank god for the Taylor Swift album Folklore, which certainly raised my spirits at that time. However, as soon as we were liberated around June 2020( and with the lovely sunny weather), I got the idea to write a happy, post-lockdown summer tune. On every phone- in and TV report at that time, it was obvious that people were desperate to get away. 

Although it’s a very simple song musically, I wanted it to be as melodic as possible, with a chorus that really punched in and a beat that really kicked. I hastily recorded a very dodgy version on my phone and sent it to Jamie “Jampottt” Donnelly, who I have worked with since 2015. Normally Jamie and I tend to work pretty quickly in the studio,  getting the basics of a track down, including the vocals in a few hours, which Jamie will then work his magic on, over the next few days. However, due to circumstances, and restricted access to the studio we use, it has taken six months to finish a track that took about an hour to write!

A song for 2020 is now most definitely a song for 2021.

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