Ross Arthur’s debut single is a gem

Ross Arthur, Sighthill singer/songwriter

Ross Arthur, Sighthill singer/songwriter

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AMETHYST, the debut single from Sighthill singer/songwriter Ross Arthur was released yesterday and no one could be more pleased about it that the man himself.

“I’ve been working on the release of this song for a good chunk of this year,” says the 19-year-old, who turns 20 on Tuesday.

He adds, “I’ve been writing songs since I was 13 and performing live since I was 14. Now, I feel I am ready for something like this. The time is right.

“I have never had the confidence to ask people to pay their hard-earned money for my material in the past... I gave songs away on a free download. But when I wrote this song I knew instantly that it was different. It’s very listener friendly.

“I’m really proud of all my material, I play it live and some if it is up online to listen to, but Amethyst really raises the bar.”

As a song, Amethyst is a heartfelt pop-rock statement, exploding with emotion, says the singer and there’s a chance to hear him perform it live at the Golden Rule Bar, Yeaman Place, on Saturday.

You can also hear it in full via the Official Lyric Video on YouTube and Spotify.

Arthur, who attended Wester Hailes Education Centre, then the Royal High School, was a finalist in the Evening News talent search Edinburgh’s Got Talent in 2011 and has since supported Kyle Falconer, of The View on two occasions as well as performing in Chicago and touring the UK.

He recalls, “Supporting Kyle Falconer was a weird experience, but humbling. It was surreal standing in front of his fans, who just like me, listen to his music on the bus. I even had to cut the song of his I usually cover - Same Jeans - out of my set.”

Ross Arthur, Golden Rule Bar, Yeaman Place, Saturday, 9pm, free / The Pond, Salamander Street, next Friday, 9pm, free

Amethyst is available via www.rossarthur.com, iTunes, Amazon and HMV online