Harrison Rhys, topping the Portsmouth music charts, will headline Guildhall Studio

Harrison Rhys in Portsmouth on October 1, 2021, photo by Tony Palmer

He first performed to live audiences at age nine – albeit at a school assembly – but a year later made his Victorious Festival debut.

Since then he has played numerous gigs in the area and released original material.

The Real Me, the title track from her debut EP, broke records by topping the local music charts at Express FM for six weeks.

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Playing mostly solo thus far, Harrison’s new band makes their debut at this gig. And the band is a family affair – with Harrison’s uncle Adam Emberson on keyboards and grandfather Andy Emberson on drums.

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The line-up is completed by guitarist Glen Knipe and Cameron Soper on bass. Glen has played in bands with Andy since the 80s, while Cameron is a producer at ChartHouse Studios in Horndean and has worked on several Harrison tracks.

Harrison says, “Most of the people on my mum’s side play music – they’re all pretty musical and they were all trying to get me gigs and support me.

Harrison Rhys, centre, performs at Guildhall Studio in Portsmouth with his band on March 4

“This will be our first gig together though. The rehearsals went really well – we still have a rehearsal before the show, but I really think we’re ready.

Harrison’s new single, Forever Young, is out today.

Support for the concert comes from Isobel Wannell, Camal Jam and Sahara.

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