“Ring Ring”, the debut single from Harris Adams, blends the old with the new almost effortlessly. Harris is a songwriter who marries the soulful sounds of Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles and the 60s mod vibes with the contemporary spirit of Aloe Blacc, Raphael Saadiq and Amy Winehouse.
With Ray Charles as an influence, Adams uses a ‘call and response’ with his backing vocalists to give a fresh dynamic to a track, adding a real sense of fun. The focus from Harris was to ‘keep things simple, relying on a strong catchy melody to carry the song’. The ambition is well achieved in the track, all preceded by a swinging opening riff to set the tone.
The team behind the single includes Grammy Award Winning producer Steve Sidwell and recording engineer Haydn Bendall (Van Morrison, James Blunt, Kate Bush and many more). Tracks were recorded at the world famous Air Studios, with vocal sessions at the iconic Strongroom Studios in Shoreditch and mixed by Ben Lamdin at the Fish Factory – both name-checked by Jamie Cullum on his Interlude album.
As well as this, Adams has a team of stellar musicians to help him realise his musical ambitions in the studio. Guitarist Adam Goldsmith (Rod Stewart, Mick Hucknall) and pianist Pete Murray (John Legend, Joss Stone) were involved as well as the smoking-hot horn section led by Paul Spong (whose punchy trumpet can be heard, among many other hits, on Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk”), going some way to show how impressive Harris Adams is to those already in the industry.
Having also already supported Curtis Stigers and received rave reviews at live shows from the likes of Johnny Depp, Keifer Sutherland and Rod Stewart, this is clearly an artist who knows how to make an impression.
So, with the track set to come out on April 28th, Harris Adams is set to make the music lovers everywhere respond to his soulful call.