Gig preview: James Morrison, Edinburgh

In the four years since his last album, a slew of male solo artists such as Sam Smith, George Ezra, James Bay and Tom Odell have entered the public’s consciousness –  but ahead of his eagerly-awaited appearance at Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall tonight (Mon 16), James Morrison has said he doesn’t feel any extra pressure to compete with his peers.

Morrison’s fourth studio album, Higher Than Here, entered the charts at No.7 last week, and he told Music Week, “It’s like anything, if everyone’s got a shaved face, then sure enough someone’s going to come out with a massive beard.

“There was all those years of girls, girls, girls – Amy Winehouse, Adele, Katy B, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift – a massive list, and obviously [because the market] got saturated with girls, the boys started doing well. I think that’s the main reason.

“Maybe, after a run of male singer-songwriters, everyone will want to listen to an indie band again, or dance music or whatever. I think it’s just a rotation of creative, whichever bracket you’re in, it changes every now and again to suit what’s missing from the market.”

Higher Than Here was released through Island Records on October 30, and Morrison is delighted to see the album flying high in the charts.

“I just want to reach my potential,” Morrison said. “I don’t want to try and compete with all the other singers or anything like that; I just want to add to what they are already putting out on the music scene.

“I try and tell myself that it doesn’t matter how the album does, but it does matter to me. I’d like it to sell 10 million albums but I’m a dreamer. In this day and age it’s tough and I’ve got to be realistic.

“I think it might probably be a bit slower on the uptake, but so far, so good. I trust my feelings and my instincts and it feels like I’ve made a good album.”

James Morrison, Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, tonight (Monday, 16 November), doors 7pm, £26.50, 0131-668 2019