22 November 2022
By Ellie Palmer
'Piano Love 1' will feature a selection of originals and covers including a version of Bob Dylan’s 'Make You Feel My Love'
Birmingham-born singer and pianist Reuben James is set to release his first ever collection of solo recordings. Piano Love 1, a five-track EP recorded at his home studio in South East London, will be out on 2 December.
As the album title suggests, it is based around the theme of love. He gives an intimate performance of Bob Dylan's ‘Make You Feel My Love’, journeys through a delicate rendition of jazz standard ‘I’m Through With Love’, and performs three absorbing original compositions – ‘Love at Christmas Time’, ‘A Mother’s Love’ and ‘Love from the Other Side’.
James is a critically acclaimed songwriter, having written songs with the likes of Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Brandi Carlile, Herbie Hancock, John Legend, Tori Kelly, Little Mix, Disclosure and Liam Payne amongst many others. However, he has decided to go back to his first love; the piano.
“I wanted to release a solo piano album as my fan base, and anyone who has ever seen me live, know that piano is my first love," Reuben explains.
"It’s been a record I’ve always wanted to make since I first started playing and I finally had the time and opportunity to sit down at my piano in my home and record love songs. I did three originals and two covers with each song dedicated to different types of love. They’re all ballads and all evoke different emotions in my heart! This album is a gift to my fans and anyone who loves the piano.”
Piano Love 1 will be available on Spotify from 2 December.