It's a bold artist who opens their first album with the line "I'm gonna live forever", and that's exactly how Raleigh Ritchie chooses to announce his arrival on ‘You’re A Man Now, Boy’ - his debut album which was released earlier this year. But the 26-year- old is far from your typical cocky pop star. And the initial bravado that explores the follies and excesses of youth eventually gives way to a more settled, mature individual. In short, it’s about growing up. That’s not to say Ritchie is totally there yet.
“People are telling me I’m a man but I so often still feel like a child. But at the same time I feel like my personal relationships have progressed and I’m wiser. So it’s really about that feeling of being in between stages and grappling with getting older. It’s about questioning why we need to grow up. I don’t know what’s happening and I wonder if anyone else does.”
The release of his UK Top 40 album ‘You’re A Man Now, Boy’ was met with widespread critical acclaim. In The Guardian’s 4-star review of the record, the title track was described as “beautifully moving”, with the Evening Standard citing the album as “bold and cutting edge”. New EP ‘Mind The Gap’, out late 2016 and featuring 5 new tracks, serves as an epilogue to ‘You’re A Man Now, Boy’; a continuation and closure of themes explored on his debut album.
Hits from his debut album such as ‘Bloodsport’ and the top 40 single ’Stronger Than Ever’ have meant Ritchie, real name Jacob Anderson, has amassed a passionate fan base, and his music has recently hit over 60 million streams online to date.