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UNXIGNED Highlights: Michael Vickers

There is warmness in his melodies and modesty in his words, beautifully fused together in a way that’s not quite mind-blowing—but certainly stirs up the heart.

Michael Vickers is not your ordinary singer-songwriter. The Leicester-based musician literally has a lot to offer to everyone keen to check him out. Having performed at countless venues and music festivals like Glastonbury and 2000trees, getting his songs used in film and TV (he appeared in a Roland video back in 2017), having been named BBC Music Introducing in the East Midlands’ 13th most played artist of 2019 most recently, Vickers may well be considered one of today’s fastest-rising artists. Oh, he just appeared on BBC Radio Leicester last night, by the way.

Vickers has been releasing music since 2013 and has never looked back since. Combining his indie rock roots with soothing folk-pop hooks, he gives his sound a compelling character that is solely its own. There is warmness in his melodies and modesty in his words, beautifully fused together in a way that’s not quite mind-blowing—but certainly stirs up the heart. His lyrical straightforwardness is as unclouded as his personality, his musicianship tasty as a well-aged wine.

Watch Vickers perform his song “Wanted You to Know” below.

His latest single, “I’ll Be There”, sees Vickers combining elements of pop-leaning soft rock and contemporary folk, ostensibly bringing courtside the indie pop palate of Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard and the laid-back acoustic prowess of Jason Mraz. Hinting a strong dose of Liam Gallagher-raspy vocal stance and a tempo that he’d set for the first time, this new number by Vickers speaks of strong devotion and romantic pledge.

“I’ll Be There” is the second single from Vickers’ upcoming EP, Poetic Nonsense. While it does deliver a fresh, slow pop rock sound, the ballad nevertheless sounds more of a quick sidestep than it is a new brand for the multi-instrumentalist. The track is the complete opposite of its predecessor, the fast-paced and jolly “Dead and Buried“; and this leaves fans guessing how the EP will sound like as a whole. Well, Michael Vickers is, after all, a versatile artist—and that’s more than enough to get stoked.

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Vickers is our latest addition to our UNXIGNED Highlights reel. Follow him today and listen to more of his works below.

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