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PUBLISHED: 17:49 08 September 2010 | UPDATED: 18:20 08 September 2010

Jack McManus

Jack McManus

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Jack McManus's music has taken a lighter turn after he found inspiration in his partner Martine McCutcheon

Jack McManus, 26, who grew up in West Wickham, Bromley, has just released his first single Heart Attack from his second album, due to hit the shops early next year.

He describes the single as a heartening electronic flavoured track about pushing yourself to the limits.

McManus, who attended the performing arts BRIT School with the likes of Amy Winehouse, Leona Lewis and Luke from The Kooks, claims that he originally intended simply to write songs – which he has done for Boyzone, and Jean Baptiste from the Black Eyed Peas.

He said: “My dream was always just to write songs and becoming an artist was a bit of an accident.

“It was very weird. I was told that I could fill a gap in the market and the minute I had a taste of it I was addicted.”

He added: “I want to be the conductor of my own show, not just play piano in a rock band.”

McManus who takes inspiration from Billy Joel, Elton John and Kings of Leon performed at V Festival last month which was his first public show in a year.

He said: “I was just shoved onto the stage, it was quite daunting but the audience responded really well to my new single.”

The lyrics from his first album, Either Side of Midnight which was released when Jack was 23, were described by reviewers as “invested with a decided self-loathing”.

However, with his second album inspired by love it is sure to be a more positive, easy listening experience.

He said: “I’ve been in a serious relationship for three and a half years and I wrote the songs about Martine.

“It’s musically mature and developed. I’ve been living with an upbeat sound.”

The former Keston Primary School student has recently returned back to his roots and taught a music class to students at Bishop Justus school.

He said: “I wanted to give something back to the community, but to be honest, the kids were more interested in the famous people I had in my phone book.

“I told them about what it’s like to get into the music industry as it’s so hard.”

He added: “What’s fantastic about Bromley is the Youth Music Trust which I was involved in from the age of ten and it was fantastic training.

“I’m here now because of that.”

The single Heart Attack is out now.

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