John Newman ‘pauses career’ and leaves record label to ‘discover better side of me’

3 June 2020, 14:08

John Newman ‘pauses career’ and leaves record label to ‘discover better side of me’
John Newman ‘pauses career’ and leaves record label to ‘discover better side of me’. Picture: PA

By Rory O'Connor

John Newman today announced he will be pausing his career in order to reset his life so he will “be able to discover the better side of me that is still there despite feeling such depression due to my work.”

The 29-year-old burst onto the music scene after co-writing and singing on Rudimental's 2012 singles ‘Feel the Love’ and ‘Not Giving In’, followed by his number one hit ‘Love Me Again’ from his debut album in 2013.

John also teamed up with Calvin Harris for ‘Blame’ and ‘Olé’, and also had success with other singles including ‘Cheating’, ‘Fire in Me’ and ‘Feelings’.

The Yorkshire born singer released his newest single ‘Stand By Me’ in March this year.

Taking to social media, John wrote: “To my loyal friends, family and fans I felt I needed to make everyone aware of my future and of my present. I have found it very difficult to announce this to my closet and the people around me as I feel the world is so quick to look at the negative and that is the opposite to what I aim to look for in me as a person.

“Today is marking the end of an incredible and amazing era in my life but change is a positive and uplifting thing. I have decided to pause my career to be able to discover the better side of me that is still there despite feeling such depression due to my work.

“My drive will always exist, my persistence and perseverance to achieve and succeed and to re build.”

John Newman ‘pauses career’ and leaves record label to ‘discover better side of me’
John Newman ‘pauses career’ and leaves record label to ‘discover better side of me’. Picture: PA

John continued: “With this in mind I have decided to walk away on good terms from both my long time label Island Records/ Universal and also my long term management Closer Artists.

“As said this is the end of an era and the start of a new me, to regain my drive and my thirst to continue, to make the greatest music I have ever made and to be happy within myself in every way.

“I want to thank everyone that has been apart of this journey in every step from my team at Island/Universal and all the amazing people that have got stuck in and made it a pleasure at Closer management, Paul you have always been a farther figure to me.

“I need my fans now to support me and fill me with positivity more than ever, to understand I am strong and most of all I will continue to accomplish my dreams in every way possible.

“It pulls a tear to say goodbye to this era and the music and memories I say goodbye to with it but the future is key and I believe I can always deliver better.

“Throughout the year I will deliver some of the most incredible collaborations I have produced however for now I am to reconsider what my solo music career is and will be.

To my loyal friends, family and fans i felt i needed to make everyone aware of my future and of my present. I have found...

Posted by John Newman on Wednesday, 3 June 2020

“Big love to everyone that has been here through the start of this journey and everyone that will be here to see my passion for the future to unfold!

“Big love everyone. I got this... John X.”

Smooth Radio wishes John all the very best and looks forward to seeing and hearing what’s next.