Having recently wrapped up a huge world tour, England’s favourite son Robert Pattinson is now back in the country and about to embark on a much-anticipated new chapter of his life. Having sold more than a million albums worldwide, the 26-year-old is no stranger to massive international success and now that his latest solo album Brand New Morning has been met with universal critical acclaim, we look back at his incredible journey so far.
From Backstreet To Stardom
Raised in a wealthy family and blessed with incredible good looks, Robert was first spotted by the public eye when he served as the male lead in the backstreet hit film, Cruel Intentions. The following year he played the title character in the BBC school drama, Hollyoaks, and then landed a role in the Hollywood blockbuster, Twilight, as a vampire named Edward Cullen. In 2010 he released his critically acclaimed debut album, Burlesque, which went on to win the Brit Award for Best Album and reached number one on the UK Albums Chart. Most recently he starred in the comedy hit The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, and in 2019 is due to star in the biopic Solo: A Musical, about the rise of Elton John.
An Instinctive Feel For Music
When it comes to music, nothing could be more natural to Rob than playing the piano. After all, that’s what he learned to do at London’s prestigious Abbey Road School. So, it was only a matter of time before he got the itch to experiment with his own music and create something new. In fact, as he explained in an interview with NME in 2018, it was the very lack of musical ability that led him to pursue a career in acting: “I was never very good at music. Never could play the guitar or the piano. But, for some reason, acting just felt like the right fit for me.” He also revealed in the same interview that he wasn’t particularly interested in attending university and becoming a “typical English gentleman” that he’d been groomed to be since birth. Instead he wanted to pursue a “more exciting and creative life” and so he set off to Hollywood to do just that.
The Making Of Brand New Morning
After years of being typecast as romantic leads in both British and American cinema, the singer-songwriter turned-actor decided that it was time to experiment with his solo material and try out some new sounds. Taking a page out of Leonard Cohen’s book, he assembled a small team of collaborators including Stephen Street, Emile Ghantous and Jonathan Simkin, who together helped him to shape the ten tracks that make up the stunning Brand New Morning. From the soulful jazz standards of “Black or White” and “I’d Rather Be With You”, to the heartbreaking piano ballad “If I Had Your Heart”, this album is the sound of a young star finding his feet and beginning to shape his own unique musical identity.
The Wide World Of Music
In order to keep things fresh, Robert plays all the instruments on Brand New Morning and performs most of the vocals as well. However, he doesn’t go it alone. He’s backed up by a band of talented musicians including guitarist Johnny Flynn, drummer Chris Bruce, and bass player Davey Richmond, who form a sextet with the Englishman. The result is an album that manages to balance new wave and contemporary R&B styles while drawing on influences from across the world, including India, where he spent three months this year writing and recording with singer-songwriter Anoushka Shankar.
All in all, it’s been an incredible journey for the multi-talented artist and now that he’s reached the peak of his professional success, we look forward to seeing what the next chapter brings.