A young singer-songwriter from Stevenage who is taking inspiration from the meteoric rise of North Herts music sensation James Bay is gearing up for the launch of his first album.

The Comet: Stevenage singer-songwriter Connor Wells releases his first album in January 2015Stevenage singer-songwriter Connor Wells releases his first album in January 2015 (Image: Archant)

Connor Wells may be only 18 but he has been playing music for 10 years and the former Thomas Alleyne pupil has a simple goal – to play music for people who live for music.

He’s been a familiar sight on festival bills as he built up his gig experience with live band The Call Outs over the past couple of years, but at Hitchin’s Club 85 on Friday night he’ll officially be coming of age at the album launch event.

And he won’t be short of support when things kick off from 7.45pm at the Whinbush Road venue.

Also on the bill are Stevenage rockers English Manner, Hitchin-based singer-songwriter Mark Sullivan accompanied by percussionist Clint Henderson, and 17-year-old country singer Georgia Nevada, who hails from Stevenage rather than south of the Mason-Dixon Line.

At just £5 on the door it’s a bargain night of music which is billed as a day for friends, family and strangers, featuring some of the finest local talent.

Find out more online at www.club-85.co.uk.