FEW X-FACTOR fans in the Mansfield area will have forgotten when Edwinstowe man Pete Jones and best friend Emma Paine made it to the finals of the first series as the duo 2 To Go back in 2004.
But the talented North Nottinghamshire musician is certainly not living in the past - with a new album on the way inspired by his new wife and plans to take his show on the road Pete is feeling better than ever.
But, says Pete, rather then sending a copy of the CD to a record company and wait for the phone to ring he is starting small by bringing his music to the people. Literally to their living rooms.
The Edwinstowe man played his first house concert in December - in which he performed original material to 20 people made up of both friends and strangers.
Said Pete: “I sat there for two hours and told my life story with some jokes thrown in and sang songs from my album.
“It is very hard to get your music across to people because there are so many of us out there doing it. This means you can do it exactly how you want.
“It is not like in a pub where you have to chuck in the odd cover here and there but it is very daunting because it is so intimate - if one person moves the whole room moves.”
Pete says the new album is a mixture of styles, from hard rock to funk and ballads.
He said: “A lot of it is based on love songs, happy and sad.
“I would describe it as contemporary adult - the kind of music people in their 30s, 40s and 50s appreciate.
“It is in the old style rather than the new style, It is just what I seem to write.”
Pete says he became interested in music at school when he got involved in plays and the choir.
“I became aware of pop music in the 80s - I am a bit of an 80s child to be honest,” said Pete.
“That is when I got into artists like Phil Collins, Queen, George Michael and Stevie Wonder.”
Looking back to his time on the X-Factor when Pete got his first taste of the limelight he does not dwell on it.
“I have nothing but fond memories of X-Factor but I am inclined to think these days it is a it worrying how some people are treated in the audition phases when people are made to look stupid who should not even be there.”
Pete’s new album is set for release at the end of the year.
If you would like more information about the release or Pete’s house concerts visit platinum-records.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.