Matt Cardle has revealed that the songs featured on his upcoming album have been inspired by his post-X Factor life.
The 29-year-old, who was the winner on the show in 2010, is preparing to release The Fire on October 29 as his second solo-collection, and has confessed that he has a lot more to say on this record than he did in his last.
"I think the first album - because of the situation I was in before the show - afterwards I was drawing on stuff and inspiration of stuff that happened before that," Cardle told his former X Factor mentor Dannii Minogue via her Tumblr site.
"I wasn't going to write about The X Factor or things like that,'' said Cardle. "But ever since the first album came out, I've actually been in situations that I've drawn inspiration from, and so this [album] is all about now."
He continued: "I finally got my hand on the wheel, in regards to co-producing and writing it.
"The last album - yes, I wrote it - but it was getting produced elsewhere. You write the songs and you've got a certain vibe and it can change drastically."
The Southampton lad parted ways with Syco, Simon Cowell's label and Columbia this year, after seemingly growing sick of his ties with the X Factor. He has since signed with So Recordings.
Cardle's new sophomore LP The Fire will be supported by lead single 'It's Only Love,' which is due for release on Oct. 28.
Check out his single 'It's Only Love' below.......