Northwold's 'Bearded Busker' has first album single release
A Northwold musician who has been busking and gigging for more than 10 years is to release his first album single tomorrow.
Alton Wahlberg's Under the Lights is the first track from his debut album, Photographs and Memories.
He said: "It is just great that the single is out there, it is a nice way to lead onto the album and is really exciting.
"It just shows the hard graft of 10 year's worth of work and hopefully the single will chart well in the iTunes singer-songwriter's chart."
The 35-year-old said the song is about persistence, believing and never giving up, which he is the perfect example of.
Alton said: "It all began around 10 years ago, when I decided to just go for it after being in bands and playing in the background,
"I started to busk, first in Bury St Edmunds, then Ipswich, Cambridge and other parts of the country and with the gigging it has just gone on from there."
But it was not until the end of last year that Buxhall-based record label, GingerDog Records, signed Alton, just before he sang one of the tracks for their charity Christmas album.
"I had self produced my EPs before, but this is now on a different level with having their backing, and also being given freedom with the album has been amazing.
"In an industry that is focussed on the younger generation of artists, you do start to wonder, being the wrong side of 30, if your time has passed you by, but it is good to know GingerDog don't think like that."
The album will be launched on May 17 at the Carnegie Room, in Thetford, with Alton backed by a live band made up from artists from the label.
He said: "I'm excited and a little nervous as the album is a collection of really personal songs from all the years I have been doing this,
"For example, I have songs on there I wrote for my children when they were little, so the album is really my life's journey."
The cover is also a thank you to all of the musician's fans and supporters who have been through it with him.
He said: "It is my face made up of a mosaic of pictures that my followers on social media have sent me over the years,
"It is my way of saying a huge thank you to them for the supporting me on this crazy journey, without them I would not be where I am now."
Alton's single, Under the Lights, is available to buy tomorrow, from iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music and other music platforms.
The music video for the single will be aired exclusively on Alton's Facebook page the same day- facebook.com/altonwahlbergmusic and to purchase a copy or to pre-order a copy of the album- Photographs and Memories, go to www.gingerdog.co.uk