Aiden Grimshaw has debuted his new single “Curtain Call” on BBC Radio, ahead of an official UK release, first album and headline tour.
The single – which was premiered during DJ Scott Mills’s Radio One show – is described as being “heavily influenced by Moby [featuring] vocals from singer ShezAr, the sister of producer and pop sensation Labrint”.
Speaking to Gigwise, Grimshaw said, “When I wrote it, it was just me on a distorted mic and I had to do mental things to be able to hit that note. My producer went to see Wretch 32 and she was his backing singer […] She came down to the studio and smashed it – which is pretty good."
Grimshaw took part in the 2010 UK series of The X Factor, performed well in the initial rounds and placed seventh overall. His time on the show impressed the judges and endeared him to the public.
His rendition of “Mad World” on the first live show garnered him particular praise. Earlier, at his audition for the competition – where he sang “Gold Digger”, Simon Cowell said of the then 18-year-old, “Now that's what I call a pop star!”.
His other performances on the show saw him sing “This Year’s Love”, “Cannonball”, “Jealous Guy”, “Diamonds Are Forever”, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, “Nothing Compares 2 U” and “Rocket Man”.
Prior to The X Factor, Grimshaw was a student at the Michael Hall Theatre School, and played Tom Holmes in the BBC series Half Moon Investigations, children's TV drama about a schoolboy detective, based on Eoin Colfer's novel of the same name.
Grimshaw was eliminated during Week 6 of the 2010 series, putting him in seventh place overall. Nevertheless, he was signed to RCA Records almost immediately.
His first single, “Is This Love”, was released earlier this month, debuting at 35 on the UK Singles Chart.
“Curtain Call” is to be the tenth track on his debut album, Misty Eye, scheduled for release by RCA on 20 August. This will be followed by the singer's first headline tour in September.