About Saint Raymond
English singer/songwriter Callum Burrows, better known as Saint Raymond, rushed onto the music scene at the tender age of 18, and his indie pop anthems were immediately tipped for big things by the music press. He grew up in Nottingham alongside the likes of Jake Bugg and Dog Is Dead -- and inevitably drew comparisons to them both. Burrows first caught the attention of the major labels in early 2013 after his debut EP, Escapade, was released on songstress Gabrielle Aplin's own Never Fade label, and entered the digital chart. This was the start of a busy year for the singer/songwriter as he went on to support Aplin on her European tour before signing to Asylum Records -- home to Ed Sheeran -- and joined American soft rockers HAIM for their U.K. dates. His live performances were supported by a band, following the trend set by the Stateside success of Bastille, who were led by singer/songwriter Dan Smith. Burrows also shares an affinity for '80s-inspired lush harmonies with Bastille, while his off-kilter beats take influence from Vampire Weekend's Afro-beat. Another EP appeared in early 2014 and gained radio support from BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe, who featured it as the Hottest Record in the World on his show. That year he also secured a prestigious support slot with Sheeran on a three-month tour of Europe.
In July 2015, Young Blood, his Jacknife Lee-produced debut album, was issued. No fewer than 11 of the record's 17 tracks appeared as singles both in the run up to and just after its release, providing plenty of mainstream U.K. radio airplay. As a result, the album reached number eight on the U.K. album chart, while a timely cover of Major Lazer and DJ Snake's "Lean On" helped to keep his profile high. He capped off the year with a series of headlining shows in the U.K. before taking a step back from the limelight.
New Year's Day 2017 brought the single "Oh Brother," his first new material in over a year, but it proved to be his last for Asylum. When the pared-back A Light That Blinds EP appeared in November, it was issued on Never Fade, the label on which his journey had begun. One year later his next single, "Echo," was released on West London's Cooking Vinyl, which -- after another diversion from Burrows back to Never Fade and a Mahogany Session -- eventually kicked off his second album campaign with the 2020 singles "Right Way Round," "Love This Way," and "Wide Eyed Blind." The album itself -- We Forgot We Were Dreaming -- appeared in early 2021. ~ Scott Kerr & James Wilkinson
HOMETOWNNottingham, Nottinghamshire, Engl