2019 already looks like it will be a big year for former X-Factor contestant Jack Walton. After gaining popularity on the show, he has set out to make a name for himself – on his own – in the music industry, which is never easy. Influenced by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and Prince, all artists found in his father’s record collection, he blends these styles and creates something refreshing for listeners to latch onto.

With the release of “We Are Golden,” a powerful song about believing in yourself, and his soon-to-be-released debut album, Jack Walton is proving himself to be more than just a contestant on a music show. IndustryMe spoke to Jack about the hardships of the music industry, what he has lined up for 2019, and more.

“We Are Golden” is such a powerful track – what can you tell us about? What inspired it?

The music industry is tough and takes an incredible amount of self-belief its a constant battle trying to get a “break”. The idea of being able to achieve anything you put your mind to has always been important to me.

What do you want listeners to take away from the song?

I want listeners to take inspiration of course and to believe in how powerful they are and how we all have the ability to be successful in our own personal missions.

Your debut album Stolen Hearts and Stolen Cars will be released this year, which is beyond exciting, congratulations. How are you feeling about it?

Thank you, that’s very kind. I feel excited, I feel nervous, and, as it’s my debut album that I’ve worked on for 3 years, it feels like a big deal to me. The album will change my life whether it sells a few or millions. It will let the loyal fans that have “Kept Me Safe” know a bit more of what I’m about.

What was it like recording an entire album for the first time?

It’s like most jobs: we had good days and bad days, and like I say, it took quite a while to get to where we wanted with it, but I’m over the moon with it. So blessed to have met and worked with The House of Nanchang, it just works.

“We Are Golden” is just a sample of the album – what else can we expect from it?

Expect a variety of emotions. I always wanted to make an album that isn’t just sort of one feeling throughout. Each track is a different story.

2019 is shaping up to a big year – what else do you have planned for your fans?

Indeed it is.

I’ll be performing Live on BBC Radio Kent and BBC Radio Leeds.

Also possibly taking a trip to Korea as I collaborated with Lena from GWSN on a track called “We Need A Change”.

Any final shoutouts or plugs?

Wanna plug the label The House of Nanchang one more time.

To learn more about Jack Walton and for updates on his music, follow him on Twitter and Instagram.