After working in radio for a certain amount of time, you get used to tuning your ears to what sort of music would be suitable for certain types of audiences. BBC Radio 2, for example, is sometimes nicknamed "Safe FM" by some of my friends,due to its propensity for playing safe, inoffensive music, radio friendly music that whilst pleasant, doesn't necessarily push any musical boundries. After all, they are the only radio station in the country that still playlist Cliff Richard.
Which brings me nicely onto singer/songwriter Sam Gray. When I first heard his song "Brighter Day", my first instinct was that this would sound absolutly perfect on Radio 2. And sure enough, I later learned that his previous single, "Cartwheel Queen", was playlisted on the station. With its retro production and ridiculously upbeat pop lyrics, the song seems to act as a male counterpart to the work last year's retro/present breakthrough artist Eliza Doolittle.
"Brighter Day" will be released on 16th October, with an album to follow later that month.