Once he sang their song in local pubs, now hes set to join the band: Liberty Xs Kevin Simm has replaced singer Marti Pellow in pop group Wet Wet Wet.
Pellow will no longer front the band and bid goodbye to the popular Scottish group in July to focus on his solo career. The rest of the band confirmed the 2016 The Voice UK winner will be taking his place in upcoming gigs.
Graeme, Tommy and Neil are delighted to welcome Kevin Simm as the new singer of Wet Wet Wet.
Graeme Clark, Tommy Cunningham and Neil Mitchell will be joined by the 38-year-old vocalist at two gigs in the UK – one in Glasgow on 16 November and another in London on 20 November.
Clark had nothing but good things to say about the singer.
From the first song we played together, Julia Says, we knew instantly. I knew pretty much in the first 30 seconds, he told The Sun.
Keyboard player Neil Mitchell added that Kevin puts me back in touch with that soul feeling when we first started.
Kevin has been a fan of their work for years, and joining them is a dream come true. He proudly took the news to his Twitter page: Delighted to announce me joining @wetwetwetuk as their new lead singer! Im really excited for the opportunity and to open up a new chapter in my career.I grew up listening to the Wets and Goodnight Girl was in my set list when I started off doing the pubs and clubs 20 (sic).
He added that the news is slightly surreal.
Along with my love for the songs, I became obviously a huge admirer of Marti Pellow and his amazing voice and have huge respect for the past of the band and what they achieved, he said.
Its not known if they are working on new music with Kevin.
Marti 53, announced his departure from the band, opting to focus on his solo career:
Hi all, wanted you to know for foreseeable future Ill be concentrating on my solo work, am excited by the future and seeing you out there x (sic), he revealed.
The 53-year-old was in the chart-topping group for more than three decades, but admitted his heart and soul was no longer into it.
The Scottish band are best-known for their 1994 cover of The Troggs 1960s hit track Love is All Around.
Wet Wet Wet has sold 15 million records worldwide and spent 15 years at the top of the charts for Love is All Around.
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