American singer Curtis Harding (1979) has dipped into a great many musical styles. As the son of a singer, at an early age, he became familiar with gospel music in church. Later came a fascination with hip hop and an adventure involving a rock band. But where he ended up was with soul music, the genre in which he’s causing a sensation as a solo artist. The entire world suddenly learned who Harding was when he released the album Soul Power in 2014; a raw, steamy soul record containing the upbeat hit single Keep On Shining. In 2015, this single brought him to the North Sea Jazz Festival. Four years on he is returning with a second album to his name: Face Your Fear, another high-octane soul record. But Harding isn’t always easy to categorize: on his latest album he worked with producer Danger Mouse, known for his collaborations with stars like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Norah Jones.