PAUL Ewing has come a very long way for what amounts to a home town gig.
Although brought up in Evanton, the Indy Award winner and Urban Music Award nominee now lives with his wife and three children in Bangkok, and proves to be quite relaxed about the recent political violence that has affected Thailand.
"It’s the Thai way," he said.
"You deal with a mess by creating an even bigger mess, but hopefully when the dust settles things will be better."
If that seems an optimistic view, then it matches the music and the message Ewing brings to Eden Court this weekend with his Light of Hope Tour, combining stories of hope and love with his own original soul and gospel infused songs.
Backing him will be the members of the UK Soul Ensemble, who have collectively worked with Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, George Michael, Robin Thicke and Corrine Bailey Rae among many more.
"Because they’ve done a million shows, played on the best stages and worked with the best equipment in the world, I know that if I come in with a new song, they will take my vision and take it up a level," Ewing said.
Born in Glasgow to a mother who battled with drug and alcohol abuse, Ewing was brought up in Evanton by his adoptive family.
He may have been far away from the bright lights, but Ewing believes his future career was given a good start by his Highland upbringing.
"I was very lucky to have a lot of support from the council when I was growing up. These guys got me into the recording studio when I was 14 or working on local dance projects," he said.
"That was the best start I could have had."
Since then he has gone on to work with the Royal Shakespeare Company and as a children’s presenter on television and radio, until emerging as a songwriter and performer in his own right, even receiving a royal endorsement when he was commissioned to write a birthday song for the King of Thailand.
Like those Highland workers who helped inspire him, Ewing retains a belief in the importance of the arts within the community.
This is part of the reason he has become involved with international children’s charity World Vision, and will be talking about his experiences at Eden Court.
"I’ve just come back from Cambodia and seen the work they are doing at grassroots level," Ewing revealed.
"Working with World Vision and going to these places does feed into my work. I care about the world and interpreting what I see is my way of giving something back.
"I hope the evening is not going to be heavy in any way, but eye-opening as to the work that goes on there. People are devoting 15 years of their lives to help some of the most vulnerable people in the world and I can only applaud the ones who do it."
Bringing that message back to the Highlands will be particularly poignant for Ewing.
"I’ve had a lot of people saying to me over the years that I should come back to Scotland," he stated.
"I could have gone to Glasgow or Edinburgh, but I wanted to come back north to where it all began and to a place that I really love. I’m hugely excited and probably a bit emotional about that."
• Paul Ewing’s Light of Hope Tour comes to the OneTouch Theatre, Eden Court, Inverness, on Sunday 15th June at 7.30pm.