Stroud’s powerful beat driven sound has garnered attention from the music media and radio support from BBC Introducing / BBC 6Music (Tom Robinson) + BBC Radio 2 (Dermot O’Leary, Alex Lester), XFM and BBC Radio Scotland (Janice Forsyth show) Amassing fans along the way playing to over 160,000 people in 2014/15 Rupert’s broad musical appeal gained prominent support slots including amongst others opening the show for Texas, James Blunt, Little Comets and two performances at the Etihad Stadium pre match for Manchester City.
Displaying strong-hearted, beat driven acoustic rock, inspired tracks. Rupert has been compared to Richard Ashcroft, Jim Morrison and Nick Cave with a hint of Elbow. Stroud’s second album “Chasing The Night” saw him dubbed as Yorkshire’s one to watch.
“Chasing The Night” took the internet by storm receiving rave reviews with online press and magazines.
“Chasing The Night 4/5”
– Acoustic Magazine
“Twisted Games is an amazing new tune from Rupert Stroud”
” One To Watch”
– Chris Sweeny – Scottish Sun
“Morning Light- A wonderful track and when we heard it we said- we have to play this on the show!”
– Tom Robinson BBC 6Music/BBC Introducing
“”Morning light is a great song from new lad from Yorkshire, Rupert Stroud!”
– Dermot O’Leary BBC Radio 2
The plaudits kept coming and they soon saw Rupert performing with his band on the festival circuit sharing the stage with artist such as Texas (opening the show at Millennium Square Leeds to an audience of 5,000) James Blunt (opening the UK leg of his Moon Landing tour at Dalby Forest N. Yorkshire) Little Comets, The Feeling, Reverend and The Makers, US artists Max Jury & Nell Bryden and rising stars Gavin James, Jake Isaac & JP Cooper and Ed Sheeran’s new signing Jamie Lawson.
Rupert’s career has gone from strength to strength with his latest EP release “Talk To You” reaching No. 11 in the iTunes Singer/songwriter charts on the first week of it’s pre-order release. Earlier releases“Never Back Down” and “Morning Light”caught the ears of national radio, receiving radio play and plaudits from the likes of BBC Radio 2’s Dermot O’Leary, BBC introducing and 6 Music’s Tom Robinson, XFM and BFBS Radio “A” listed Morning Light and invited Rupert down to BFBS Radio studios for a special feature interview and session. Rupert also received his first US radio airplays on KX 93.5FM Laguna Beach California. His music video for “Never Back Down” won “People’s Choice Award 2013” at The 27th Leeds International Film Festival.
As a “Champion Media Spokesperson” Alzheimer’s Research UK, for Alzheimer’s Research UK, Rupert has raised over £8,000 to date through various campaigns and events including sales from his charity single “Always”. Rupert was interviewed in conjunction with the G8 Summit on Dementia by The Guardian and did a live TV interview on Al Jazeera International Newsprogramme “Inside Story” which was broadcast to over 200 million English speaking homes.
His latest release “The Truth” has been played on BBC Radio 2, BBC Scotland, playlisted on BFBS as well as playlisted on over 60 regional stations. The BBC Scotland play led to him being invited to perform a live session on BBC Scotland on the Janice Forsyth Show.
Rupert is currently writing and recording his next album due for release in 2016.