When "Glad You Came" band The Wanted announced its break up last year, it wasn't a question of if any of the members would go solo - it's a matter of when. And exactly one year after the split, the first member of the band has announced his intentions for a solo career. Yes, Nathan Sykes is going it alone. Today (Jan. 26), the baby-faced former boyfriend of Ariana Grande announced that he will be releasing his own album.
In a new interview with HungerTV.com, Sykes revealed that he will be dropping his own funk infused pop record later this year. "There is no one to hide behind anymore! It's so exciting though. I can't wait to get back out on stage again," Sykes said, teasing that the new album will be 100 percent him - something his fans have never even seen before.
"It's like a second first impression and whereas I don't necessarily think it's important to change people's perceptions, I do think it's exciting that people won't just see me as 'the young one in The Wanted' and can have to freedom to judge me as an individual and not just 'that bloke from that band,'" he added.
Sykes promises a wide variety of music styles on his album, though he's not out to pretend his solo debut isn't a pop record, he's pulled from plenty of different influences. "While I've kept this as a pop album, I have tried to make something for everyone and have elements of soul, funk, Motown, dance, straight down the line commercial pop, some more stripped back acoustic tracks and there are a couple of piano ballads on there as well," Sykes said. "I just wanted to make an album that people can really enjoy and that will also translate really well into a live show as I feel that having a great live show is just as important as having a great album."
Details surrounding Sykes's solo debut have yet to come to fruition, though he does expect to have it out by the end of 2015, with his solo single coming in the next couple of months.