Joshua Grant releases a new single, ‘Transparent’

It’s the follow-up to chart-topping single ‘Edinburgh’, which saw the teenager go from busking success story in a matter of months.

Grant has played just five live shows – including a support to Tom Walker – but reached the top of the Scottish singles chart and performed on BBC Scotland’s ‘The Edinburgh Show’.

Originally from Cramond, the 18-year-old flew home from New York (where he was interning for The New York Times) to play the show.

He said: “There was no way I wasn’t doing it. Being picked for that show so early on in my career was invaluable so as soon as I got the email asking me to play I was online booking my plane ticket back home for 24 hours.

“Tom had all the time in the world for me,” Grant adds. “I sat with him in his dressing room after the show and chatted for ages. He seemed like he really wanted to help artists like me and gave me some brilliant advice about how important support slots are to get you more attention.”

Four months later, he was sitting at the top of the Scottish charts. “When I saw the final chart position, I cried,” he recalls. “I was sitting at home with my parents and it was just surreal. It’s amazing what can happen when people support grassroots artists and I can’t thank everyone enough who got behind that track. The reception from that has given me a lot of confidence going forward.”

Grant worked with Boo Hewerdine and producer Mark Freegard on ‘Transparent’, the experienced industry figures providing additional recording, mixing and mastering on the song.

Also, Mark Ellis – known for his Grammy-winning work on U2’s album ‘How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb’ – contributes electric guitars and bass, while Chris Pepper features on drums.

Of the new single, the singer said: “Officially releasing ‘Transparent’ feels like things have come full circle over the last year. I recorded the original version in my room and my guitar and vocals on this new version are from that recording so it’s still got that stripped back feel to it. I’m really excited to share the song with a wider audience now and hope the response is just as positive.”

‘Transparent’ comes as a four-track EP on (black!) vinyl with an acoustic version of the lead track, ‘Figure It Out’, plus ‘Edinburgh’, and is available now.

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