Penning tunes and new song

.X Factor finalist Laura White
.X Factor finalist Laura White
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TWO musical acts have some exiting news to dish out...

Former X Factor contestant Laura White has written a song for Rita Ora and rapper Charlie Hamilton.

Former Winstanley College student Andy Brown, of boyband Lawson

Former Winstanley College student Andy Brown, of boyband Lawson

The new song is called NY Raining and was released in the US earlier this week.

The Atherton singer posted on Facebook and Twitter: “I am so proud to announce I have written Rita Ora’s and Charles Hamilton’s song NY Raining. It has been featured on the Empire TV Show and Soundtrack! Get the soundtrack now US Peeps and the single/video release is very soon! I personally LOVE the song.”

Meanwhile, boyband Lawson are ready for another tune, Roads, to be released on May 18.

They recorded the single at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, as previously used by Jack White, Kings Of Leon and Fall Out Boy.

I am so proud to announce I have written Rita Ora’s and Charles Hamilton’s song NY Raining. I personally LOVE the song

Laura White

Singer Andy Brown, who attended Winstanley College, said: “It was important as a band that we come back with something fresh and exciting. Roads feels like a step forward. It explores addictions that people can go through. Writing and recording at Blackbird allowed us to test ourselves and try new sounds and directions. We’re really proud of it.”

It’s the first taste of the four-piece’s new album, which will follow 2012’s Chapman Square, which reached No 4 in the UK.

They play at Live At Leeds and The Great Escape, plus Manchester Gorilla on March 30; London Scala on March 31 and Glasgow Garage on April 2.