Tim Morrison’s been gaining attention since re-appearing on The Voice and becoming one of the top four finalists on Delta Goodrem’s team. Before moving in a solo-music direction, Tim toured extensively out front for Melbourne rock outfit Trial Kennedy.  Once touted as the next big thing in Australian music, the band also received great praise for their debut album New Manic Art with some critics claiming it should be nominated for album of the year.

It’s a familiar sight for fans of Tim’s previous band, combined with new fans who witnessed him on hit show, and now it’s a sight Australian music fans can once again look forward to with the release of Shine, Tim’s first solo single.

Shine, the first of many solo tracks Tim has ready to be put down on tape, led this Melbourne boy into the studio of good friend and acclaimed rock producer Hadyn Buxton, who last worked with Tim on Trial Kennedy’s 2011 album Living Undesigned.

Having written Shine on piano, Tim knew he wanted to play the instrument on the recording and the end result is a track that soars. There is urgency to the bristling keys of the intro that opens out into a gorgeous rock chorus propelled by that voice. It’s a voice honed through years of live performing and now Tim is giving it reign to tell his own stories.

“There is something extremely exhilarating about creating music on your own,” Tim says of being a solo artist. “Of having that freedom of creative control.”

“But on the flip side you lose that joy of creating as a group. You really cannot compare the two. You love them equally but they’re just different.”

Having stepped out on his own, Tim has spent the last year writing and recording tracks here and overseas, working with a whole range of producers interested in hearing Tim develop a style all his own.

“The Voice made me realise who I do and don’t want to be as a musician and for that I am forever grateful. Strangely enough, my experience also taught me not to take myself too seriously,” Tim explains.

And Shine is only the beginning. It won’t be long before Tim Morrison is back in the charts and making himself right at home.

Tim Morrison performs a tasty collection of his acoustic favourites this Saturday April 16 at Mornington’s Royal Hotel from 8pm. For more details visit www.pearlhq.com.au