Lewis Watson / Western Den
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London-based singer-songwriter Lewis Watson got his start in music while still a teenager by quietly uploading cover versions of his favorite songs to a sleepy YouTube account in 2010. With an acoustic guitar and a booming, soulful voice, he began uploading original compositions to great response. Before long, he was playing in support of larger acts and releasing a series of EPs.
By 2012, the buzz was enough to bring several record labels knocking on his door, and he eventually entered into a contract with Warner Bros., which came with festival performances, Billboard chart appearances, and an ever-growing fan base. Watson has collaborated with Arctic Monkeys, Florence and the Machine, and some top songwriters and producers, including Richard Wilkinson (Kaiser Chiefs) and Mr Hudson.
Watson has now released his debut full-length album, The Morning, which also comes in a deluxe edition that contains every song he has ever released.
Formed in February 2013 and driven by a shared passion to create music with purpose, The Western Den is the collaborative work of Deni Hlavinka and Chris West, who blend compelling folk harmonies with ambient textures to produce a unique sound. The duo released a debut EP, Battle Hymns, in 2013, and opened for Melissa Ferrick on the northeastern leg of her national tour in the summer of the same year.
Watch a music video for Lewis Watson’s “Holding On” here: