Acoustic folk/rock singer songwriter Rich Lown is carving out a name as a young local talent but he came to music relatively late - even though his parents were both musicians.
He grew up in Bexhill with a mother who taught piano and father who played fiddle and said: “So music’s been in my blood, although I didn’t discover my ability till I was about 18. I never took any singing or music lessons, and have taught myself everything I know intuitively and naturally. I went to school at Claverham but didn’t take anything musically till I left college.”
He has just released debut album World’s Apart with only 250 copies available having already enjoyed success on download.
Rich - who supported Joan Armatrading at the White Rock Theatre, where he works - released the album on itunes last summer and sold it to 20 countries.
It also features guitarist Robin Hirschfeld, singer Alice Watts, and even dad on violin.
He said: “Its a CD about the various challenges, good and bad, in my life with a contagious sense of optimism and genuine lyrics. I’ve managed to gain fans in the industry such as current chart success Birdy whose album reached 6 in the charts a few months ago. Birdy had championed my music on her social media pages and we own signed copies of each other’s album!”
Rich has been pleased with response to his CD which is available at £10 through his Facebook page or at the ticket office at the White Rock theatre.