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New Music: JC Stewart

Meet the Professional Sadboy blending pop prowess with expert balladry.

Diverting away from his longstanding family grocery business, young County Derry musician JC Stewart’s true passion has always been music, now crafting bold anthems and intimate confessionals all crafted from his own experiences of love and heartbreak. It’s a style that has earned him The Professional Sadboy nickname, as bestowed by his sisters. “That’s the goal,” he laughs at the fitting title, “to have real songs, but also to have a lot of fun with them.”

The power of Stewart’s voice is immediately evident, not least on the recently unveiled brand new single Bones, which was penned by the musician the day following his first ever breakup. Listen to the anthemic bop below:

In part cutting his teeth as a songwriter for his contemporaries – JC Stewart is responsible for Hollywood on Lewis Capaldi’s debut smash Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent – earlier this year he cemented his status as a rising star in his own right with the haunting pop ballad Have You Had Enough Wine?. The song, reliving the final conversation in a relationship, blends his pop prowess with a sound as dark as its theme.

It’s one of the most polished in a series of equally introverted tracks that bridge the gap between pop and expert balladry, having released music as far back as 2014’s soaring Gold and 2016’s raw Parachute. Since signing to major label Warner Music he has unveiled four singles; the gritty Medicine, the acoustic-led Like I Did the pained Have You Had Enough Wine? and latest tune Bones. As grandiose as his sound gets, JC Stewart remains a singer-songwriter at heart.

This brilliant blend of ability and melody has seen JC Stewart join the likes of indie stalwarts Kodaline, Ticketmaster New Music graduate Freya Ridings and pop prince LAUV on the road. At the time of writing, 2019 still sees him take to Latitude Festival at The Alcove Stage on the Sunday, and support Anne-Marie at Custom House Square in Belfast. After both, he’ll deliver a now sold out residency at London’s The Islington across three nights.

With a debut album seemingly on the horizon, JC Stewart’s career looks set to jump far from his family grocery business, yet is destined to retain the heart and soul of his heritage and his upbringing; The Professional Sadboy indeed.

More essential tracks

Like I Did

Medicine (Live Acoustic Video)

Have You Had Enough Wine? (Acoustic)

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