Charlie Simpson writing album for 19 years
Charlie Simpson has been writing the songs on his debut solo record since he was seven
Charlie Simpson has been writing his solo record since he was seven.
The 'Down Down Down' hitmaker has been stockpiling a number of songs for his first solo record since he first started to learn music and until he had enough "life experience" to do them justice.
The 26-year-old singer and guitarist told BANG Showbiz: "I've been writing a few of these songs since I first picked up an acoustic when I was seven.
"Songs of this nature I used to think it was right for me to hold off, because I think I've had a decent amount of life experience now and I think that lends itself well to the lyrics, and if I'd written this when I was 15 years old it would have been very different.
"I think I'm at the point in my life now where I was ready to write a record like this."
Charlie - who is also the lead singer of metal band Fightstar, who are currently on a break - also said people shouldn't be surprised by the new Americana inspired sound of the record, as the influences behind it have always been with him, just less apparent.
He added: "I've always loved Elliot Smith, Jeff Buckley and while I've been in a band I've never had an outlet to play it.
"I always knew that when I did my own record, a solo record, it would have a different sound, but this is stuff I've been listening to since I was 11 years old, I've just never had an outlet for it before."
Charlie's debut solo album 'Young Pilgrim' will be released later this month.