British pop superstar James Arthur made his U.S. television debut appearance on Jan. 4 on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” to perform his romantic No. 1 UK single “Say You Won’t Let Go” from his chart-busting sophomore album Back from the Edge. The attached video shows Arthur strumming guitar and serving up a passionate serenade to the audience about the love of his life.
Arthur is probably best known as being the 2012 winner of “The X Factor UK.” His winner’s single “Impossible” topped UK Official Charts that year and went on to become the best-selling winner’s single in the history of the show. His ardent fans waited a long time for a follow-up to his eponymous debut album. He finally released Back from the Edge last fall to widespread critical and commercial acclaim.
“Say You Won’t Let Go” is the album’s lead single which has topped the charts in several countries including Ireland, Sweden, Australia, and the UK. It’s also notably Arthur’s first single to hit the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts.
It’s impossible not to draw some small comparison to the enduring love at the center of Ed Sheeran’s Grammy-winning ballad “Thinking Out Loud” when listening to Arthur’s romantic musing about loving someone “till we’re grey and old.” He becomes emphatic in his devotion as he croons “I’m gonna love you till my lungs give out/I promise till death we part/Like in our vows/So I wrote this song for you/Now everybody knows/That it’s just you and me …”
Arthur knows exactly how to punch the sentiment in this vividly descriptive, lovely song about loving someone from the first time you meet them for many, many years to come. His soaring falsetto is perfectly pitched and hopeless romantics everywhere would be hard-pressed not to swoon a little as he promises to bring breakfast in bed, coffee and a kiss on the head.
Arthur co-wrote “Say You Won’t Let Go” with Neil Ormandy, Steve Solomon and Aodhan Dorian. He should be pleased, overall, with his U.S. TV debut of this brooding, timeless tune. If he was looking to melt some American hearts with his performance, his mission was undoubtedly accomplished.
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