Possibly the best thing that ever happened to Liam Horne was moving to Los Angeles so he could focus on making music full-time. The seventeen year-old singer/songwriter grew up in Aberdeen, Scotland in a notorious housing project with a bleak future ahead of him. "I grew up around violence, drugs, alcohol and murder," Horne explains in an EPK. "Coming to Los Angeles was like taking a burden of my shoulders."
Horne was able to turn his negative surroundings into a positive new adventure together with Graham Edwards of GRAMMY-winning production outfit The Matrix (who is also his uncle). Edwards acknowledged Horne's raw talent and musical prowess, and together they worked on fine-tuning his songwriting skill. As a result, Horne earned his first stripes co-writing tracks for Justin Bieber ("Out Of Town Girl"), Neon Hitch and Pixie Lott.
While writing songs for others, Horne has also been diligently working on his own artist career. Being a performer is something that comes very natural to him. "I've always wanted to be a performer. As long as I can remember I've always wanted to sing, dance and act," he explains. "My grandfather is an amazing guitar player. I asked him if he could teach me how to play the guitar to accompany my singing. He looked at me and smiled, 'take my guitar home with you and practice.' I practiced and practiced, and before I knew it could play the guitar. I played for my mom, I played for my dad, and I was just always singing."
Horne is currently in the studio recording music, but he unveiled the brand-new "The Truth Is" that provides a few solid clues about where his style and sound is heading. The mid-tempo ballad presents a radio-ready pop-rock sound that is driven by Horne's hooky guitar riffs and transparently raw lyrics about accepting his mistakes for the sake of love."Demons on the microphone/Tell you lies to make you feel at home," he confesses. "Get you high until you're falling down/Find me there when you hit the ground/The truth is that I love you."
Liam Horne's "The Truth Is" is a potent slice of pop that combines genuine talent and pop-savvy songwriting with a healthy dose of confidence which makes Horne truly one of the most exciting new artists to keep your eyes (and ears) on in the months to come. And that's the truth. (Click here to follow Liam on Twitter.)