Sarah Harding has premiered her debut solo single, 'Threads'.

The track is the first music to be released by the singer since she split up with her Girls Aloud bandmates in 2013, with the star admitting she is taking a ''new direction musically'' with her own material.

She said: ''I've spent a long time writing and recording, and after co-writing 'Threads' I really feel this was the track to release as my debut solo single and show my new direction musically. It's a very exciting time for me at the moment!''

She added on Twitter: ''It's me channelling my inner rock chick...think Avril Levigne crossed with a bit of Gwen Stefani but me inbetween (sic).''

The 33-year-old musician will release the track on August 7 through Sony RED UK as part of a four-song EP, featuring a remix by K Gee and two other new songs, 'Live Before I Die' and 'Indelible'.

Sarah confessed it has been odd working on her own material and shooting videos on her own following 11 years in Girls Aloud though, especially because she's used to her bandmates Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Nicola Roberts, Kimberley Walsh and Nadine Coyle always being around.

Asked what it was like making the 'Threads' video on her own, she said on Twitter: ''Weird not having the girls around tbh but this is something Iv needed to do for a long time now so...cathartic (sic).''