‘Wide Awake’ is the latest track from irrepressible London-based songwriter, Nick Howe, a spirited piano ballad co-written with Billy Locket detailing Howe’s front row view of a friend’s battle with addiction, subsequent realisation and path to recovery.
Continuing his inherent knack for creating killer low-key hooks, ‘Wide Awake’ is a juxtaposition of uplifting melancholy amalgamated with lyrics of progressive optimism brought home with a weighty crescendo.
“The song is especially relatable during lockdown,” says Howe. “As many of us have been forced to look inward without many of the usual distractions and temptations of life. I hope it might provide comfort for people going through the same struggles during these strange times.”
“The song is especially relatable during lockdown, as many of us have been forced to look inward without many of the usual distractions and temptations of life.”
Howe writes to process his emotions as therapy, with his affecting debut E.P The Struggle Is Real reaching No. 1 in the singer-songwriter iTunes charts in 2016. Soon after, he struck up a conversation with Locket at a show in Northampton and headed back to his house where they immediately started writing together (fans can expect more of these co-writes to be released in due course). Howe has also co-written with Ivor Novello winning songwriter Iain Archer (James Bay, Jake Bugg, Snow Patrol) and Matty Benbrook (Paolo Nutini, Jack Savoretti, Dido, Faithless).
Touring over 15 countries, including the US, and extensively throughout Scandinavia and Germany, Howe averages 200 shows per year, including at home in venues such as Cargo, Kensington Roof Gardens, the Jazz Café, Glastonbury Festival and the Natural History Museum – which he lists as a career highlight!
Howe is especially notable for his ingenuity to look outside of the immediate music industry – he recently managed to rally 35 professional dancers worldwide to help create an impacting vessel for his recent single ‘It Belongs To Her’, featured below.
Hailing from a long line of family entertainers dating back 300 years, Nick Howe is a consummate musician who simply does not take his foot off the gas. His relentless drive has forged minor opportunities into significant career milestones, including syncs with Cadbury’s and Angry Birds. He’s acted in the ITV series, Lewis and performed on ITV news for the controversial ‘Keep Streets Live’ campaign.
With his potent mix of creativity and tenacity, Nick will continue to build upon his achievements with more releases and grand plans slated for 2020. He is currently awaiting official confirmation from the Guinness Book of World Records, for the highest number of quarantined dancers to feature in a music video! Fingers crossed…
‘Wide Awake’ and ‘It Belongs To Her’ are both out now.