“If there was any justice, Paul Freeman would be a household name.” ––Todd Rundgren
Justice, it seems, may be right around the corner for the Welsh-born singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Paul Freeman is currently enjoying a wave of critical and commercial success––a wave he now plans to ride to new heights with the release of his brand-new single, “Closer Still.”
The single’s release is a breakthrough moment for Freeman, an artist who is clearly no stranger to such moments. Freeman has toured the world and performed with a veritable “who’s who” of pop and rock music: Chris Cornell, James Blunt, Chris Isaac, Joe Cocker, Roger Daltry, Ron Wood, Todd Rungren and Steve Winwood just to name a few. He’s played guitar on Blunt’s iconic recording of “You’re Beautiful,” written a 2017 Top-40 Billboard hit for Sleeping with Sirens, and has written songs covered by Robbie Williams, Meat Loaf, and Mark Owen of Take That. His co-writing credits include work with Deana Carter and Carol Bayer Sager.
This breakthrough moment however, is different than the others he’s experienced. This is the beginning of a new chapter for Freeman, one with him and his work up front and in the spotlight––a spotlight powered by the authenticity and intimacy of the new music he’s written and recorded.
“Closer Still,” produced and recorded by Oliver Krauss, is the perfect example of that combination of authenticity and intimacy. Lush string arrangements underpin Freeman’s iconic vocals, the track driven by his signature guitar playing which propels the track forward. Just as so much of his writing does, “Closer Still” sounds at once like a song we feel we must have heard before, but know we never have. That special marriage of universality and uniqueness in Freeman’s writing is perhaps what is most celebrated––and welcomed––by both his fans and his contemporaries. For those familiar with Freeman’s work, or for those who are about to be, this new single and new chapter for the artist will not disappoint.
“Closer Still,” the new single from Paul Freeman, releases March 8th on Revanche Records.