BRIAN McFadden has ditched his ice skates and will be picking up his mic and heading to Hampshire next month for a night of soul music with his new band.

The former Westlife singer crashed out of TV's Dancing on Ice at the semi final stage after he and partner Alex Murphy took a nasty tumble.

But he was said to be back to his best at the wrap party on Sunday, following former Strictly Star James Jordan's victory, when he serenaded the crowd with Flying Without Wings.

Audiences can expect tracks from his new album Otis, a tribute to Otis Redding, when Souljam appear at The Concorde Club in Eastleigh on April 13.

The Irish singer songwriter and TV presenter began his career as a member of the boyband Westlife in 1998. They scored 12 number ones with tracks including Swear It Again, World Of Our Own and Mariah Carey collaboration Against All Odds.

He left the group in 2004 to pursue his solo career, reaching number one with Real to Me and Almost Here, a duet with Delta Goodrem.

Brian has written songs for other artists including Girls Aloud and in 2006 co-wrote the theme song for the Commonwealth Games.

He was also a judge on Australia's Got Talent and Australian Idol.

In 2016, Brian formed a group with former Boyzone member Keith Duffy, the group is known as “Boyzlife” and together they have toured around the world, performing some of their greatest hits.

Brian is currently working on brand-new solo concept. He is recording and producing a new album collection of soul classics featuring special guests. The albums will run alongside his new live shows.

He will be backed by a full nine-piece band, performing tributes to the great soul artists such as Otis Redding, Ray Charles and Eddie Floyd and will, of course, include Westlife hits in the set.