Ashley John-Baptiste still pals with The Risk as he releases debut single (VIDEO)

The Risk

He may have quit the show half-way through the live finals, but 2011 X Factor contestant and former member of The Risk, Ashley John-Baptiste has already released his debut single ‘Show The People (How To Love)’.

And as a Christmas present for fans, the track is free to download from Noisetrade.

The press release reads: "‘Show The People (How To Love)’ was produced by Ian Copeland Green who has worked with Madonna, Britney Spears, J-LO, Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5, Michael Jackson and more and offers a current Pop, RnB Electro sound that has become popular in the charts over recent months

"‘Show The People (How To Love)’ is a song John-Baptiste wrote while thinking about the current state of the world."

“It’s a song that recognizes that there’s a lot of corruption in the world and a lack of love and because of that, a lot of people don’t know how to love.” he says.

“I want this song to motivate and inspire people to be the best they can be and to love the society they live in. In light of the recent Boxing day murder’s it’s becoming increasingly apparent that we need more love in the world”

Wise, wise words there.

Meanwhile, explaining his reason for leaving the show earlier this year, Ashley continued: “Having just left University, I felt like I needed to gain clarity on what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go.

“I felt that by leaving the group (sooner rather than later) I gave the boys the best chance to succeed, not only in the competition but also in the music industry.

There is no animosity between John-Baptiste and his former-mates Andy, Charlie and Derry. “We’re still mates and Ashford makes a great addition to the group” he adds.

John-Baptiste is currently in the studio recording his debut album with top producers while planning a 2012 UK tour.

Listen to the track below...