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IT has been eight years since Alistair Griffin burst on to the music scene with his heralded first album after gaining major exposure on a BBC talent show.

Now, the Castleton singer/songwriter is gearing up for the release of his second record along with a top slot performing at the British Grand Prix after-party.

Out on Monday, ‘Albion Sky’ has already topped Amazon’s pre-release chart and his track ‘Just Drive’ has proved a massive hit with Formula One fans after it was selected earlier this year as the title music for the Sky Sports coverage.

The 34-year-old, who appeared on BBC One’s Fame Academy in 2003, has described the album as “a step forward” from his former material and is keen to use it as a platform to showcase his ability to write raw and honest songs.

“To break it down, it’s still about songwriting and penning proper songs with good hooks, melodies and emotive lyrics,” he explained.

“It is unashamed heart on the sleeve music that makes no apology. It’s musically about capturing a moment and putting the listener in it.”

For fans wondering why they have had to wait so long for a follow-up to ‘Bring It On’, the York-based songwriter listed a number of reasons behind the gap.

“It is partly due to taking a break from things and spending a lot of time writing for other people. It’s also just really hard in the music business,” he said.

“I had big exposure eight years ago and in that gap I went on tour with Bee Gee Robin Gibb and wrote songs with him and I have been building a recording studio on the outskirts of York. It’s a case of slowly but surely fighting my way back.”

To celebrate the album’s launch on Monday, the musician will play an acoustic session live on Twitter, via web link, and prior to its release in Britain on July 16, Alistair will be performing ‘Just Drive’ at the British Grand Prix on July 7 and 8.

“I’ve had a lot of support from fans and it’s been really good. It’s been a long time and lot of people have stuck with me, particularly in Whitby and Castleton, where I’m from.

“The album has been bobbing around on Amazon and has reached number one on the pre-sale chart. What that means for the real chart, I don’t know. But it’s a good sign.”

To see Alistair perform an acoustic live screening of the album on Monday evening, visit his Twitter page @AlistairGriffin

He is also performing at Hard Rock Calling on July 14 and Guilfest on July 15.