Paul Usher’s courageous and intelligent self-penned debut ‘JESUS IS A PRESTON BOY’ is a refreshingly original contemporary pop song which is lacerated by an Amy Winehouse-esqe wit, honesty and charm. RELEASED FEBRUARY 22ND on all streaming platforms.
The remix is produced in collaboration with Sam Welch and turns the once Frank Ocean-esqe track in to a Dua Lipa style love affair; the title of his debut alone arrests and intrigues the listener. Achingly romantic yet strikingly defiant, the song tells the tale of Paul meeting his first love amongst his beloved Northern landscape.
Whilst talking to Attitude magazine Paul said „The mainstream doesn’t have to be a monopoly for the status quo. I want to be honest, funny and romantic without censoring myself. Love and queer lives deserve to be celebrated and portrayed in a positive light as much as any other.“
Same-sex pronouns, pop hooks, hedonistic beats and rap coalesce with synths, 808s and razor-sharp one-liners. ‘Who knew love would be found / Off the M61 Northbound?’ is one such Alex Turner-esqe lyric; ‘Get on your knees and worship him / That ain’t different from what I’ve been doing’ another, which marries the tongue-in-cheek with sincerity in a way only the best pop-stars do.
A self-taught pianist from the age of 12, who has self-directed the accompanying music video, Paul Usher is an irrepressible artist who is inspired as much by Childish Gambino as he is Oscar Wilde.
Finding salvation and redemption in love is a notion that will resonate with many. However, the brilliantly inspired simile of Jesus as a Preston boy is indicative of a songwriter who is destined to excite and compel audiences for years to come.