Magnetic Northampton born singer/songwriter Billy Lockett has shared his new single ‘Hard Act To Follow’ with 2x GRAMMY nominated American rapper GoldLink. Listen here.
‘Hard Act To Follow’ with GoldLink is Billy’s first release of 2022, and his first since his ‘Reflections’ EP released last year. It’s an emotive pop ballad, showcasing Billy’s raspy and brooding vocals that are both comforting and empowering, with GoldLink adding a lo-fi edge.
About the track Billy says “It’s crazy. Me and GoldLink are so different and yet we instantly clicked when we met for the first time. I honestly had no idea what we would do with the track and certainly didn’t think it would end up being so amazing.
The song is about giving everything to someone and getting nothing in return. It’s about realising your worth and deciding to cut off someone you thought defined you. Songs this special don’t come along everyday and I’ll be forever grateful for how much people seem to love it.”
Billy wrote the original version of “Hard Act To Follow,” with Razorlight’s Andy Burrows (Tom Odell’s Jubilee Road) who played the song to James Corden when he was staying at his house. After hearing the original version, James Corden contacted Billy directly and invited him to come on The Late Late Show With James Corden, where he delivered a stunning performance of the song. The original version has garnered over 20 million streams on Spotify alone and is Billy’s most notable track to date.
Having supported the likes of Lana Del Ray, Lewis Capaldi, Birdy and KT Tunstall, and appearing on The Late Late Show With James Corden, Billy Lockett has rubbed shoulders with the stars and has amassed over 100 million collective streams and tens of thousands of fans across the globe for his powerful and emotive songwriting spanning a myriad of genres, all whilst remaining the same humble piano man who grew up in Northampton.