Grimsby singer James Hutchinson now working on original music following Olly Murs tribute success
A SINGER has returned to the UK after performing abroad – and has taken the plunge in becoming a fully-fledged recording artist.
James Hutchinson, who is known for performing his Only Olly tribute act to Olly Murs, is now creating original music.
And his new single, Lay Your Love On Me, has quickly caught interest on YouTube.
James, 23, from Grimsby, has only just returned to this country after performing in shows at the six-star Sensatori Resort in Tenerife. He is still touring with his Only Olly act.
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"My own music is up-tempo pop with my own style attached with it," he said.
"I get inspiration from listening to a varied genre of music. Especially with the work that I do in Tenerife, we do so many different shows so I have to keep my styles and vocal ability open to be able to sing whatever is thrown at me.
"But I listen to the current chart just to see what's on trend. The producer I worked with has links with artists such as Britney Spears, Usher, One Direction and Maroon 5 – so you get an idea of what sound I'm going for."
James has 85 tour dates planned from this month, performing as Olly Murs and himself. He will be visiting holiday resorts such as Butlin's, Haven, Park Resorts and Pontins.
"Using the tribute route will help me gain more of a name as James," he explained.
"I am glad I get to perform as myself after most of my shows because the audience get to see me perform as myself rather than as someone else.
"It is very difficult to make it in the industry – you can't just make it overnight unless you're on the X Factor or Britain's Got Talent.
"You can make it with hard work and not just reality shows, so I'm carrying on doing what I'm doing – the hard work will pay off eventually and I will be recognised for the work I'm doing."
James will be coming to Butlin's Skegness on Friday, March 29, at 9.30pm. He will also be performing at Fantasy Island, in Skegness, on Friday, May 24, also at 9.30pm.