Ray Quinn felt like he was “coming home” recording his new single.
The 31-year-old singer-and-actor has made a return to music, 13 years after he was runner up on ‘The X Factor’, and he had a great time heading into the recording studio to work on his new track ‘They Say Love’.
Speaking to new! magazine, he said: “It felt like coming home because I was in Liverpool at Parr Street Studios. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
“We had a 50 or 60-piece orchestra, so it’s huge. I’m a big ‘Bond’ fan as well and a lot of strings is quite ‘Bond’-esque.”
The single – which is taken from his upcoming album ‘Undeniable’ – was originally recorded a few years ago but the former ‘Hollyoaks’ star wasn’t happy with how it sounded so he’s now reworked the track to incorporate more swing elements.
He said: “It’s about the ups and downs of love and it’s actually the first original track I’ve ever released.
“It was originally a pop song I recorded about five years ago but I didn’t release it because it never felt right at the time.
“I didn’t feel like I was connected musically, so I went down the road I know, which is big band orchestra and swing elements. It was a bit of a eureka moment of, ‘Oh wow, that’s my sound.'”
Ray credits his “older family” for his interest in swing music.
He said: “I’m from an older family – my dad is in his late 70s and my eldest brother is 50 – so I grew up listening to these artists and it connected me to my dad.
“He’d always have the tunes blasting from Gerry and the Pacemakers, Cilla Black, Leo Sayer, The Walker Brothers, Frank Sinatra… all these artists almost became part of me.”