I started writing songs with my best friend Russell Aylett as a bit of fun when we were 18 years old. At 25 we had a Management deal and had toured with 80's pop favourites "Brother Beyond". For one reason or another that was as close to real success that we ever got and our band dissolved a year of two later. In 2006 I decided to give music another go. I started working on some solo material with Russell agreeing to produce some of the songs but scrapped the project following Russ's untimely and shocking murder in April 2006. My best friends passing hit me very hard and making music seemed insignificant for some years. In late 2010 after much persuasion I reluctantly joined a covers band just as a hobby. 2011 was in many ways the worst of my life. I got divorced and being a part time Dad and living alone for the first time took me to the edge of sanity. I threw myself into songwriting and persuaded some of the members of the covers band to start playing original songs. The guitarist and I started collaborating and ADProject was born. The first 3 years were great and we recorded 2 albums and played a number of successful shows. The final 2 years were filled with frustrations and varying levels of commitment from the other members of the band. In March 2017 we played our final gig. By the summer of 2016 I was already plotting a solo project. I had started to keep my best ideas separate from the band and went in to the studio and recorded a solo single “We Have Come A Long Way”. It was a revelation. Finally I felt fulfilled and excited again by what I was doing. 2017 saw the release of two more singles and I shot my first music video for the debut single. I was working harder at my writing than ever before and was also learning more and more about marketing and promotion. In 2018 I released my debut album “London E12” and shot my 2nd music video in Spain for my 4th single “If This Is The End”. In 2019 I played my first shows as a solo artist and released my 5th and final single from “London E12” which was the most streamed of any of my singles from that album.Throughout 2019 I continued recording tracks for album 2. I started collaborating with more people than ever before and began helping others market their music too helping them gain support using my experience. In September 2019 I released the first track from my sophomore album “HEALED” and shot a short film for it called “What You Didn’t Say”. Shooting on location in Malaga Spain was a truly memorable experience. In January 2020 I had to reassess my goals as the standards I was setting myself required far more funding. My 2nd single from HEALED "But It Does" had cost more to produce then anything I had recorded before because I now knew exactly now how I wanted my music to sound. To continue recording like that would mean a long delay in releasing the 2nd album. Should I quit? Is this just a really expensive hobby? Lot's of things crossed my mind but I quickly knew I couldn't give up. I love what I do too much. So I thought let's see how "But It Does" is received and then decide. Upon release in January 2020 it was streamed 10,000 times on Spotify in 8 weeks by far my most successful song to date. I have since been nominated for Best Solo Artist in "The Panic Awards" and have just released the 3rd song from HEALED "The Twelfth Of Never". "HEALED" will be released in 2021.
It's taken me all my life to make this album.
I didn't realise that until I started to write it.
All of the mistakes I've made,
all of the lessons I've learned,
I really don't think I was ready before.
I have made plenty of music already that I'm proud of but this is finally the real me.
This is what I wanted to say
the way I wanted to say it.
It isn’t about pain,
It isn't just a release.
It is my truth, my art.
A lot of it is looking back
trying to understand who I really am.
I felt compelled to connect with my past with this album.
To finally confront my demons before I could move on with my life.
And through making this music
I'm not afraid anymore,
I am at peace.
This is my time
and it feels wonderful!
This is LONDON E12
April 19th 2018
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LONDON E12 THE LIVE SHOWS
So I've told you my STORY SO FAR... now I want to tell you about MY FUTURE STORY and why I want YOU to be a part of it.
MY PLANS :
So what's coming? I have recorded my next single which will be released on the 20th September the details of which I will share with you in August. That will be followed by another single release early next year and then my sophomore album "H E A L E D" next summer. I will be recording a special LIVE performance to coincide with the album release too featuring songs from both of my albums. I hope then to play a series of live shows next autumn. I will be starting a blog very soon sharing lyrics poetry and stories that perhaps won't become songs. Watch this space...
MY PASSIONS :
Every release and live show I do is dedicated to helping my chosen charity LOVEBUTTONGLOBALMOVEMENT
The Love Button Global Movement is a non-profit organization that promotes a culture of love by inspiring our human family to act with loving kindness in our daily lives. I believe in an increasingly volatile world wearing the Love Button to show you believe in love and its power to transform our world is becoming more and more important. Love Button supports educational and humanitarian programs that empower individuals and uplift communities locally and globally.
MY INSPIRATIONS :
Musically I have been inspired for many years by GEORGE MICHAEL. He is in my opinion the greatest Singer-Songwriter of his generation. More recent hero's are SOHN JAMES BLAKE LORDE& JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE I look up to them all with awe.
MY TEAM :
I am a lyricist, vocalist and melody writer. I have a team of 3 extremely talented songwriter/producers that I take fully formed ideas to and we develop them in the studio or more recently remotely. Without these guys I would be nothing... They are ELLIOT RICHARDSON SBNJMN & RORY DUNCAN take a bow. I also have a wider team helping with my visual content CALVIN WEST and HOLLY FARNDELL
But finally the most important part of my future... YOU!
Without your support now and in the future I cannot grow as an artist. My goal is to continue to release music without compromise and without you that won't be possible. So please come with me and be part of my FUTURE STORY