Auburn Jam Records is pleased to announce the release of Will Barratt’s album Confessions of a Justified Sinner, on August 10th 2015. The release will be celebrated with an album launch gig at The Hippodrome Casino the night before, with guest performances from Nadim Naaman (Sweeney Todd, Phantom of the Opera), Rebecca Trehearn (City of Angels, Ghost), Ryan Molloy (Jersey Boys, Tonight’s The Night) and Michael Conway (Jersey Boys, Fiddler on the Roof), and accompanied by a live band led by the album’s producer Joe Davison.
Featuring 14 original songs written by Will over the past 15 years, the album includes a song co-written and performed with Nadim Naaman, plus a solo and a duet from Rebecca Trehearn. The album will be available for download via all major online retailers from August 10th and limited edition signed physical copies, complete with lyric booklet and album photography, can be pre-ordered via Kickstarter pledges along with tickets to the album launch, exclusive gigs and experiences including a vocal masterclass with Will and attending the filming of the music and dance video for the Moulin Rouge-esque tango track, Tatiana, featuring Latin & Ballroom dancers from Karen Hardy’s studios.
“If you like songs with a flavour of musical theatre, you’ll like this… but this is more than musicals. Great original tunes and great performances. I really enjoyed it!” – John Owen-Jones
“Instantly when I heard Will’s voice I was thrown into a hypnotic sensation and was driven into the stories of each song. The songs are beautiful and I would say that Will has the perfect mix between Billy Joel and Keane. Lyrics, arrangements and production are all great – you can hear Auburn Jam’s exquisite style” – Gerónimo Rauch
“Beautiful voice, original songs, a glorious band – what’s not to like?!” – Imelda Staunton
“I love the album! I have known Will since our college days and he keeps going from strength to strength. Proud to call this talented musician my friend!” – Ian ‘H’ Watkins
Will says of the album: “This album has taken quite some time to come into being. I began writing at college about 15 years ago, and there are a couple of tracks from all the way back then. Since then, I have written more and I’ve been wanting to record them properly for years. I’ve had an amazing time performing in shows in London and the UK, and more recently all over the world gigging with The 4Tunes, but I felt now was the perfect time to create something myself, and have faith in my own writing.”
About Will Barratt:
Will grew up in Stoke-On-Trent and whilst at school, was offered a bursary to study classical organ and piano at the Royal Northern College of Music at weekends, followed by a sixth-form scholarship to study English, Russian and Music at Eton College, where he trained further in acting alongside the likes of Eddie Redmayne and Harry Lloyd. After graduating Royal Holloway University, Will performed at the Edinburgh Festival, then completed his training with a postgraduate diploma in Musical Theatre at The Royal Academy of Music. His first job out of the Academy was playing The Lead Tenor in The Producers at London’s Drury Lane theatre. Since then he has performed in many shows including Les Misérables, Jesus Christ Superstar, Carousel, Chu Chin Chow, the prestigious production of Sweeney Todd with Imelda Staunton and Michael Ball, as Raoul in The Phantom of The Opera and Bob Crewe in Jersey Boys. After leaving Jersey Boys in 2014 Will embarked upon a new adventure with a four-part, male harmony group he co-created called The 4Tunes. Singing their own arrangements of songs from classics to modern hits, they have become a successful touring group, travelling the world and delivering sell-outs performances on cruise ships, at many prestigious events, and in London’s West End where they perform regularly at the Hippodrome Casino. www.willbarratt.com | www.twitter.com/willbarratt83