Musician Craig David has said that having time to “slow things down” helped him gain “wisdom” and make a successful comeback.
The All We Needed singer, whose latest album Following My Intuition recently made number one, spoke at the BBC Music Awards on Monday, where his cover of Justin Bieber’s Love Yourself was nominated for the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge performance of the year award.
He told the Press Association: “Getting a number one album was epic.
“It has been a full-on year, but from experience and wisdom I’ve been able to slow it down a little bit.”
Speaking 16 years after the release of his debut album Born To Do It, he said: “Before it was all about what’s next, but now it’s just about enjoyment and realising that, actually, it’s friends and family along the way that make it all special.
“Lyrically I am talking more from the perspective of a 35-year-old, but my enthusiasm and passion is the same as when I was 17.”
Teasing fans with the promise of another new album on the horizon, he added: “I will continue writing so there will be a next record not too far off from this.
“I just want to be back doing things that I’ve always loved and I want to enjoy it.”
Presenter Fearne Cotton, hosting the awards at London’s ExCeL alongside Claudia Winkleman and Gemma Cairney, also sang Craig’s praises, describing his return to the limelight as “phenomenal”.
She told the Press Association: “I think he has done it so well. He had all that time out and he remained so positive about what he wanted to do and then he just came out and did it.
“There was no fuss, no animosity or anger, he just came out top of the game again.”
Speaking about her favourite artists of 2016, she added that Adele has had an “amazing year” and described it as a “really nice year for actually listening to music”.