POPULAR singer-songwriter James Morrison has chosen Rhyl Pavilion for a warm-up show ahead of his UK tour.

Following the release of his latest singles Demons and Stay Like This, and his new top ten album Higher Than Here, James has unveiled details of more UK and European tour dates.

The musician was recently given an amazing welcome back when he played his first live shows since 2011 - two nights at Wilton’s Music Hall and one night at the Tabernacle in London - all of which sold out in a matter of seconds.

The tour in spring will see James performing tracks taken from his new album as well some of his biggest hits including Broken Strings, You Give Me Something and Wonderful World.

When James broke onto the scene as a soulful singer-songwriter in 2006, even he couldn’t have predicted that he would become the template that allowed a wave of like-minded musicians to enter the field.

He was also famously told by the veteran soul producer Jerry Wexler that his raspy, gravelly voice, the product of a childhood illness, had its "own thumbprint" and was so distinctive that it was “once heard, never forgotten”.

Now, almost a decade on, Ed Sheeran, George Ezra and James Bay are all ruling the charts following the same format: one guy with just a guitar and an incredible voice.

Pop gems like You Give Me Something from his first record Undiscovered made him anything but, and he won the 2007 Brit Award for best male when he was still just 21 years old.

James has gone on to sell over 4.5 million copies of his first three albums, performed four world tours including sold-out shows to thousands at London’s Hyde Park, supporting both Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder, and appeared on Herbie Hancock’s Grammy-winning album The Imagination Project.

2008’s Songs for You, Truths for Me brought with it a string of top ten singles, including the phenomenally catchy Broken Strings with Nelly Furtado and his last album, 2011’s Awakening shot straight to Number One, selling over one million copies worldwide.

New album Higher Than Here is out now and James will be performing at Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl on Thursday, March 3.