Singer-songwriter Rhys Lewis shares gripping new single ‘What If’, out today. Rhys also announces two firsts; an Asia tour and a UK headline tour, including his biggest London show to date at Earth in Hackney on 25th November.
Featuring Rhys’s unique standout vocal, ‘What If’ showcases Rhys ability to tell poignant storiesthrough his contemplative lyrics, which have helped earn him a legion of dedicated fans all over the world. Just like with his recent ‘In Between Minds’ EP, Rhys once more takes hold of the production reins alongside collaborator Aidan Glover, recording straight to tape in their studio in South London.
Speaking of the track, Rhys explains:
“’What If’ came from the regret I felt from letting go of something good too soon. My mind was a mess at the time and I rushed into a decision to end things. Now thinking about her has become a bad habit, a kind of accepted addiction, like checking my phone. She changed me, and breaking up with her changed me, all in ways I’m forever grateful for. So it’s hard to keep my mind away from the idea of going back to her, especially when the ways in which I’ve changed make me feel closer to her. I understand her more, I understand myself more. I never understood either when we were together which is why it didn’t work at the time.”
Crafting his songs with a maturity that belies his years, Rhys has consistently showcased his talent for songwriting, and as a result his music continues to reach an ever-growing global fanbase. Originally from Oxford, the 27-year-old singer-songwriter has had continued support from BBC Introducing having recording two live sessions and performing at a BBC Introducing show in London. He performed on the British Music Embassy stage at SXSW Festival 2018 and has enjoyed critical acclaim from press.
His heart-breaking ballad ‘No Right To Love You’ was released just over a year ago and has quietly grown ever since, to help his catalogue boast over 150 million streams. Rhys’s track ‘Better Than Today’ has also been synced numerous times, including on a recent episode of Love Island 2019.
On the back of a successful European headline tour in May and due to his rising demand globally, Rhys embarks on his first ever Asia tour in August, playing shows across China, Tokyo and Seoul amongst others.
He’ll close the year with his first ever UK headline tour. Having toured extensively over the past couple of years, he has also opened for such artists as Sigrid, Freya Ridings, JP Cooper and James TW whilst his electrifying headline shows draw fans that queue overnight to be first in line, from London to Amsterdam, New York to Berlin and now Kuala Lumpur to Galway.
Rhys is currently working on his debut album, set for release in early 2020.
31st July: Decline, Singapore
1st August: LiveFact, Kuala Lumpur
2nd August: Jam Cafe, Bangkok
3rd August: Terribl Baby, Hong Kong
6th August: DDC, Beijing
7th August: YuYinTang, Shanghai
8th August: Shindiata Fever, Tokyo
10th August: Evan’s Lounge, Seoul
15th November: Roisin Dubh, Galway
16th November: Glassworks, Derry
17th November: Button Factory, Dublin
18th November: King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
20th November: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
21st November: Deaf Institute, Manchester
22nd November: Thekla, Bristol
23rd November: O2 Institute3, Birmingham
25th November: EartH, London
26th November: Komedia, Brighton
28th November: 02 Academy2, Oxford