Former JLS star Oritsé Williams on solo music: "I can express myself more"

Published Thursday, Apr 23 2015, 16:39 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Former JLS star Oritsé Williams has said he is now able to express himself as a solo artist.

Oritsé, who now performs under the moniker OWS, debuted his solo material for the first time this week at London's music venue Oslo in Hackney.

Oritse Williams aka OWS performs live in London - 21 April 2015.


"I'm not going to go down a conventional pop format, because that's what happens in this business. You manufacture records for the consumer," he told The Mirror. "My love of music is far and wide but it sometimes didn't fit the mould."

As a founding member of JLS, Oritsé enjoyed six successful years with the band, who found fame after coming in second place in the fifth series of The X Factor in 2008.

Dad-of-one Oritsé said being a solo artist has now given him more creativity.

"Now I can express myself more," he continued. "Before producers told me to keep my voice at bay. I had to change my voice for the producers when I was in JLS. I did that so I could have a place on records. But I don't want to do that any more."

In January, Oritsé changed his name to mark the launch of his debut solo single. He also unveiled his first solo offering, 'Waterline', featuring US rapper Pusha T.

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