JP Cooper follows singles ‘The Reason Why’ and ‘Sing It With Me’ with ‘In These Arms’, out now. ‘In These Arms’ is an all-powerful torch song ballad, with Cooper’s voice soaring above a grand wall of sound. The lyrics pivot between unquestioning love and paranoia, whilst the verses classic, uncomplicated descriptions of precious time sets the scene for a sucker punch of a chorus.
To accompany the release of the single, JP has also shared the visuals for the track – watch them below.
Speaking about the single, JP says: “ ‘In These Arms’ is a song about addiction…through the perspective of being addicted to a person, knowing they’re not right for you and being in a prison by your own choice. It’s about constantly making excuses for the addiction and projecting romance on to it but ultimately knowing that it’s wrong. I think it’s something that most people would have been through at some point in their lives.. if not, it’s probably gonna happen…unless you’re one of the lucky ones. These are the relationships where you learn a hell of a lot about what is good for you, what you deserve and in turn, if we’re talking in the context of human relationships, what your partner deserves.”
‘In These Arms’ follows JP’s previous single ‘The Reason Why’, a breezy dancehall slow-jam featuring UK rap queen Stefflon Don and Banx & Ranx, and ‘Sing It With Me,’ featuring Astrid S. The personal reflections in Cooper’s debut album We Were Raised Under Grey Skies (complete with a piano-led Stormzy collaboration ‘Momma’s Prayers’) introduced him as a deeply affecting, soulful songwriter, and now these new singles find Cooper expanding his sound, imbuing his distinctive vocals and infectious hooks with modern energy.
The star has two UK Top Ten singles to his name: the Jonas Blue smash ‘Perfect Strangers’, which he co-wrote, and the inescapable radio hit ‘September Song’ (which has had over 600 million streams worldwide). JP has since notched up an incredible 10 million single units worldwide, a whopping 9.4 million monthly Spotify listeners and an extraordinary 2.4 billion streams.
Big things are set for JP Cooper in 2020, with the recent announcement of an extensive UK and European tour, including a show at London’s Brixton Academy. The full list of tour dates are:
Wednesday April 15th – Glasgow, SWG3
Thursday April 16th – Manchester, Albert Hall
Saturday April 18th – Birmingham, O2 Academy
Monday April 20th – Nottingham, Rock City
Tuesday April 21st – Bristol, SWX
Wednesday April 22nd – London, O2 Academy Brixton
Monday May 4th – Portugal, Lisbon Tivoli
Wednesday May 6th – Spain, Madrid Joy Eslava
Thursday May 7th – Spain, Barcelona LA (2) De Apolo
Saturday May 9th – Italy, Milan Santera Social Club
Monday May 11th – Switzerland, Zurich Dynamo
Tuesday May 12th – Germany, Munich Technikum
Thursday May 14th – France, Paris Alhambra
Friday May 15th – Holland, Utrecht Tivoli Vrendenburg Ronda
Saturday May 16th – Germany, Hamburg Gruenspan
Monday May 18th – Poland, Warsaw Paladium Hall
Tuesday May 19th – Austria, Vienna Flex
Thursday May 21st – Lithuania, Vilnius Loftas
Friday May 22nd – Latvia, Riga Palladium
Saturday May 23rd – Estonia, Talinn Rock Cafee
Monday May 25th – Finland, Helsinki Tavastia
Wednesday May 27th – Sweden, Stockholm Vasateatern
Thursday May 28th – Norway, Oslo Rockerfeller
Friday May 29th – Denmark, Copenhagen Amager Bio