John Lennon's son spent 10 years on his album

Julian says he lives in the shadow of his father, John, pictured.

Julian Lennon spent 10 years crafting his latest album.

The singer and songwriter - son of late Beatles musician John Lennon - spent a long time in the studio perfecting the tracks on 'Everything Changes' to ensure they were perfectly in line with his artistic vision.

He told Hello! magazine: "This album has been written over 10 years. I consider writing, singing and producing a creative endeavour, not a commercial one. Getting it right is more important to me. It sort of emerges. You think of a song and then start by putting it down over a cup of tea. Musicians pop by and then it takes on its own life."

Julian, 50, freely admits he lives in the shadow of his famous father - one of the most celebrated songwriters of the 20th century - but says he also feels he has validated himself as an artist in his own right.

He added: "There are diehard Beatles and John Lennon fans who think I have done a phenomenal job - written or sung equally brilliant songs.

"Even [Beatles producer Sir] George Martin said if I wasn't John Lennon's son I'd be far better acknowledged. Half the fans love me and the other half won't give me the time of day. People get locked into their opinions. I do try to understand but at some point I have to let go. It's nice when I have much younger audience who aren't necessarily aware of the connection. I chose to just get on with it, but sometimes, something catches your eye and takes you down a notch or two."

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