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The man with the golden voice is back and glowing brighter than ever as Paul Carrack fans will discover when the city music legend returns home to Sheffield City Hall on Sunday, writes Graham Walker.

All the old favourites will be on display – including How Long, The Living Years and Over My Shoulder – along with tracks from brand new album, Rain Or Shine.

Rain Ot Shine is the new album from Paul Crarrack who plays Sheffield City Hall on Sunday, January 19, 2014.

Rain Ot Shine is the new album from Paul Crarrack who plays Sheffield City Hall on Sunday, January 19, 2014.

And it’s the perfect storm, a tour de force.

VIDEO: Press the play button to watch Paul’s music video for album track Life’s Too Short.

AUDIO: Listen to our interview in full - CLICK HERE.

WIN TICKETS FOR HIS HOMECOMING CONCERT - SEE BELOW

The 10-track album, which pictures his sunny smile beneath a rain soaked blue brolly, is a timely reminder that Sheffield’s 62-year-old singer songwriter has weathered five decades in the music business and remains at the top of his game.

Nobody can rain on his parade when it comes to singing soulful blues.

Beautiful sophisticated strings, pounding bass and intricate keyboards set the tone for his super rich vocals, which give a new raw emotion on stand out tracks Stepping Stone, (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right and Ray Charles classic, You Don’t Know Me which, as Louis Walsh might say, he makes his own.

He’s played with Roxy Music, been the voice of hits by Ace, Mike and The Mechanics and Squeeze, before a solo career, including guest appearances on more than 60 albums, writing for The Eagles, Diana Ross, Tom Jones and more.

Paul Carrack at Sheffield City Hall on Sunday, January 19, 2014.

Paul Carrack at Sheffield City Hall on Sunday, January 19, 2014.

Now, after travelling the world last year as organist with Eric Clapton, he’s on his own 50-date tour until the end of April, which brings him home this weekend. He also plays Chesterfield Winding Wheel on Friday, April 11.

The tour is a showcase for Rain Or Shine, which pays homage to Ray Charles and Bobby Bland, with a mix of classic and new self-penned songs.

FREE DOWNLOAD: For a free download track from Paul’s new album see The Star on Saturday, January 18.

Sheffield is always extra special for Paul – the venue will be filled with family, friends and memories of bands he grew up watching there, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison.

Paul Carrack at Sheffield City Hall on Sunday, January 19, 2014. Photo: Boo Hunnisett

Paul Carrack at Sheffield City Hall on Sunday, January 19, 2014. Photo: Boo Hunnisett

In an exclusive chat with The Star he explained family will also be on stage. His 25-year-old son Jack is part of his seven-piece touring band, sharing drum duties with regular Dean Duke.

Family is important to happily married Paul, who also revealed he had to get approval from his wife to record and feature album track (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right – about an adulterous love affair.

He laughed: “I’ve always loved the song but yes, I had to run it by the missus to get her approval to do it. I’ve been a Bobby Bland fan for a long time. Back in the ’70s, when I was with Ace, our first record company distributed all his albums, so we had access to them. That’s always been a particular favourite. It’s quite a mellow version.”

Another album favourite of his is You Don’t Know Me.

He said: “I was going around whistling it for about three months and thought, ‘I’m going to have to put this down on record, or I’ll never get it out of my head’.

“I did do two other Ray Charles songs on the album, Hard Times and the title track, Rain Or Shine, which I was doing that on the Eric Clapton tour. I was playing organ but he featured me on three vocals. At his suggestion I did Come Rain Or Come Shine.

Paul Carrack performing last year at Sheffield City Hall. Photo: Glenn Ashley

Paul Carrack performing last year at Sheffield City Hall. Photo: Glenn Ashley

“The version with him was quite bluesy, because he had recorded it with BB King a few years ago. My version is a bit more stolen from the Ray Charles arrangement, done by Quincy Jones.

“We’ve used strings on a lot of tracks and they were all arranged by Richard Niles, who was Ray Charles’ musical director for about 10-years in his later career, so that was a great thrill and a honour to work with him. He did an amazing job.”

Tickets for Paul Carrack at Sheffield City Hall, on Sunday, January 19, are £28.50. VIP Hospitality, including a pre-show meal, is £78.50. Booking fees may apply.

Buy in person, call 0114 2789789 or at www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk.

Buy the album from his official site at www.paulcarrack.net.

Paul’s track Long Ago features on The Star-backed Women Of Steel all-star charity album, to help fund a £150,000 statue to honour the city’s women who kept the steel mills going in two world wars. It’s available, along with his other albums, at itunes.apple.com.

AUDIO: Listen to our interview in full - CLICK HERE.

VIDEO: Press the play button to watch Paul’s music video for album track Life’s Too Short.

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Deadline is Sunday, January 19, 2014, 10am.

Email your full name and contact details, including a phone number where we can contact you on the day, with Paul Carrack Competition StarCompPC in the subject field, to staronline@sheffieldnewspapers.co.uk

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