I remember exactly where I was the first time I heard Lewis Capaldi's voice.
I was meeting with my boss, Jonathan, listening to a new song that had been sent over by our friends at Capitol Records. I sat across from his desk and just sort of stared at the floor as I let the melody and its heartbreaking lyrics envelop me.
To put it honestly, I hadn't heard something so profoundly moving in pop music in a long time. Jonathan [fondly known as Shu] noted that he hadn't, either. "I think there's something special here," he said.
"This is now my passion project," I replied. "We need to get behind this song."
That song was Someone You Loved, which went on to dominate the charts and earn Lewis his first GRAMMY Award nominations.
Supporting Lewis Capaldi as a Music Director in the radio industry has been one of the great privileges of my career, and I'm happy to tell you that he's just as delightful in person as he is online. [If you aren't following him on social media, do yourself a favor and change that. He's absolutely hilarious.]
We were looking forward to having Lewis in Nashville back in April to kick off the Nice to Meet Ya Tour with Niall Horan -- but obviously, coronavirus wrecked that [and unfortunately, so much more] for all of us.
But luckily, I did get to catch up with Capaldi via Zoom last week. We talked about how much has changed since the last time we saw each other [screw you, COVID], how drunk he was at the GRAMMYs [lol] and the potential that him and Niall could tour together in the future to make up for this recent [but totally necessary] let-down. Check it out below!