Marcus Collins may have the help of Gary Barlow on his debut album, but it has been revealed that his pal Craig Colton has another Take That star on his side.
The Liverpudlian singer is currently working on his first record and admitted that Gary’s former bandmate Robbie Williams has been working with him on some of his original songs.
Craig has not yet revealed which – if any – record label has signed him, but in an interview with The Liverpool Echo he admitted that plans were in place to have him record the album in LA this summer and he is hoping to get the record released before the end of the year, in time to capitalise on the buzz surrounding the new 2012 series of The X Factor.
Colton will be meeting up with Robbie when he gets to America, but in the meantime, he is sending his new material across and getting Williams’ input into his songs and lyrics.
The former biscuit factory worker said:
“I’m hoping to go to LA in the summer to record and when I’m out there I’ll get to see Robbie. I’ve been sending him everything I’ve been doing. I’ve been speaking to Gary too, he’s been supporting me. But it’s so nice Robbie has kept in touch and made sure he’s involved. I’ve been emailing him some lyrics and he’s been helping me. If something needs to be changed he’ll send it back to me with ideas of how I could rewrite it to sound better.”
How nice is Robbie? We have to say we are very impressed and still a little surprised that Cowell hasn’t signed him yet. Craig continued:
“Robbie is a genius. One of my songs is called Beautiful Surprise and I would love it to be my first single. Robbie said it was a lyrically genius song. I want to show I’m not just a boy who went on a TV show and that I can write songs.”
Craig met Robbie back at judges houses last year, when the newly married singer assisted Gary Barlow in choosing his final boys for the live shows. The Take That star was also back stage meeting and supporting the lads on a number of occasions.
Robbie and Gary were back on speaking terms, after they put their feud behind them the year before and Williams rejoined Take That for their Progress Live tour. However, he has decided to begin pursuing his solo career again, while the rest of Take That are planning to release a new album without him later this year.
Colton has previously teased that his new album will have an ‘indie’ and alternative feel to it, that he doesn’t think people will be expecting. He and Marcus Collins will join forces this June, when they both take to the stage to perform at the Speke Hall Concerts in Liverpool.