Established singer and prolific songwriter Michael Paynter is back with a signature power pop rock smash, announcing the release of new single, Weary Stars and the highly anticipated and long awaited new album of the same title, set for release on January 31. Hitting the road to celebrate with a national tour through February and March, Paynter will be playing Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Newcastle and a few regional towns across NSW and Victoria.

Having spent the last seven years traveling and touring across almost every venue in Australia from major arenas to small bandrooms, being signed to one of the biggest record labels in the world and then appearing on the highest rating TV show in the country, The Voice, it’s no wonder Paynter is thrilled to finally be releasing his debut album. “I just can’t wait to for people to finally hear the sweat, the tears, the empty bank accounts, the tours, the late nights, the failures, the wonderful experiences, the trial and the victories put into twelve great songs,” explains Paynter.

Written shortly after parting ways with Sony Music, Weary Stars is a pertinent lead single and album title choice, as Paynter welcomes his audience in to his world, offering insight in to his personal feelings and struggles regarding his career. “It was such a tough time for me. I had poured my entire life into my career for the better part of a decade, and ended up with no album. For a while there I felt like I was defeated, but once the initial feelings wore away, I felt this huge sense of relief… like I’d lifted a huge boulder off my shoulders, I felt free. Sometimes you have to know when to walk away… And just as the stars come crashing down around you, you find yourself for the first time in a long time, REALLY alive,” exclaims Paynter!

Filmed over just one day in Avalon (Victoria), the video clip for Weary Stars was co-produced and directed by Pete Seamons from EPIK Films. “I’ve loved his work with The Paper Kites, New Empire and Simple Plan, so I was incredibility excited to work with Pete. We went down to scope out the location with one idea and as soon as we stepped out of the car, all these new concepts started floating to our heads … the location kinda told us what it wanted to say,” beams Paynter.

Buy the single Weary Stars – out now
Tickets to the national tour are on sale now through the below ticketing outlets
New album Weary Stars will be available from January 31


Fri 10 Jan The Palms, Melbourne with Icehouse
Tickets through www.ticketek.com.au

Sat 11 Jan The Palms, Melbourne with Icehouse
Tickets through www.ticketek.com.au

Tue 14 Jan The Palms, Melbourne with Icehouse
Tickets through www.ticketek.com.au

Wed 12 Feb Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
Tickets through www.oztix.com.au

Thu 13 Feb The Toff In Town, Melbourne
Tickets through www.thetoffintown.com

Fri 14 Feb The Basement, Sydney
Tickets through www.oztix.com.au

Thu 20 Feb Brass Monkey, Cronulla NSW
Tickets through www.brassmonkey.com.au

Fri 21 Feb Lizotte’s, Dee Why NSW
Tickets through www.lizottes.com.au

Sat 22 Feb Lizotte’s, Kincumber NSW
Tickets through www.lizottes.com.au

Sun 23 Feb Lizotte’s Newcastle
Tickets through www.lizottes.com.au

Fri 7 Mar Forest Edge Music Festival, Neerim East VIC
Tickets through www.forestedge.org.au

Wed 19 Mar Belmont Sailing Club, Belmont NSW with Icehouse
Tickets through www.16s.com.au

Thu 20 Mar Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill NSW with Icehouse
Tickets through www.rootyhillrsl.com.au

Thu 27 Mar Jive, Adelaide
Tickets through www.moshtix.com.au

Note:: Perth date is currently being finalised (likely to sit between Rooty Hill and Adelaide shows) and will be confirmed within the week