West Norfolk musician's first album to be released on his 21st birthday with a tribute to his grandad
On the same day he turns 21 this week, a West Norfolk student will be releasing his first music album, named after his late grandad.
Will Perry, of Runcton Holme, has produced 14 songs for the album which will be available from Friday.
The former Watlington Primary School and Downham Academy pupil said his whole life revolves around music, and he set up his own home studio to record the album before the coronavirus began to have a restrictive impact on society.
Named 'Horatio' as a tribute to his grandad, the album consists of a variety of genres including pop, hip-hop, Afrobeat and dance.
Will said: "This is my first proper project. When someone listens to the album, I hope they come back with the reaction 'is that the same person as it was on the one before?' for each track. I like to try and do as much as possible and show variation. I get bored if I have to do the same sort of song every time."
Among the tracks is one single which the musician has been writing for 10-years, and which he described as being "very important to me".
Will attends the Point Blank Music School in London, founded by musician and producer Robert Cowan in 1994 in order to train up-and-coming talent.
Although lockdown has come with its challenges, Will believes it has helped him to concentrate on his album free of distractions.
He told the Lynn News: "I have got the mindset, like a football player or a basketball player, that if you do not want to be the best in the world, then why do it at all? In my mind, I am going to give it a go."
Among those he cites as inspirational figures to look up to are Ed Sheeran, British rapper Dave and Jarad Anthony Higgins, known professionally as Juice Wrld.
However, the London student said this county needs more recognition for its musical talent.
Will said: "There are so many hidden gems in Norfolk. I do believe Norfolk in general needs a buzz as it just gets overshadowed. If you speak to someone in London and mention Norfolk, they just say Norwich but there are so many talented people from Norfolk as a whole.
"It definitely needs that exposure in bringing to life all the musical talent which I know is there."
Speaking about his grandad, who the album is named after, Will said: "He was very influential to me and we had a fantastic relationship. He passed away the Christmas before last. He was massively into music and so was my dad, who got me into playing the saxophone."
Horatio lived in Watlington in Oxfordshire and would often speak to Will on the phone. The passion for music filtered down the generations and Will says he now listens very attentively to music so that he can pick up the sound engineering behind a track.
From a young age, he recalled writing poems, and his journey has now seen him spending four to five months preparing his first solo album. The singer said he will look to incorporate his saxophone skills into future work.
Will's album 'Horatio' can be found on digital platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon Store and Google Play from Friday.
To listen on Will's Spotify page, visit: https://open.spotify.com/artist/56HnWDly2poDcyEaJjjUWb?si=6x2kYbQ5T52EHTFCvYsraQ