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“Now I’m a man and I’m so much wiser / I walk the earth with my head held higher.”

Calum Scott has released his most personal song to date with No Matter What – a soaring ballad that chronicles his coming out journey from young boy to grown man.

“No Matter What is without question the most personal song I have ever written and the one I am most proud of,” explained Calum.

“It’s a song born from loneliness, acceptance and the heart-breaking but liberating tale of my coming out experience. What I love about this song is that it isn’t just limited to a story of sexual identity, but about the relationship between parent and child and acceptance as a whole.

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“This song didn’t make my debut album because I simply wasn’t ready at that time to give it to the world. It felt too personal to share, but as with all of my song-writing, I’ve written this from the heart to try and inspire confidence and compassion in people and put some love back in to the world, which we could always use more of.”

The track will feature on a special edition re-release of Calum’s debut album Only Human, which was released earlier this year.

The collection features his smash hit Dancing On My Own, as well as his huge Leona Lewis duet You Are The Reason.

That song has gone on to be streamed over 750 million times since its released at the beginning of the year, making it one of the biggest songs of the year.

Calum’s full-length debut album topped iTunes charts in over 20 countries upon its release, and has sold over a million copies.

The special edition version of Only Human will be released on 30 November, and is available to pre-order now.

The tracklisting is as follows:

1. If Our Love Is Wrong
2. Give Me Something
3. Rhythm Inside
4. You Are The Reason
5. Come Back home
6. Stop Myself (Only Human)
7. Dancing On My Own
8. Only You
9. Won’t Let You Down
10. What I Miss Most
11. Hotel Room
12. Good To You
13. Not Dark Yet
14. Dancing On My Own (Tiesto Remix)

15. Need To Know
16. No Matter What
17. Sore Eyes
18. White Christmas (1 Mic 1 Take/Live From Abbey Road Studios)

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