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In my childhood as a chorister, I gained much insight into vocal harmony structure and arrangement. I made my first two major public appearances at the age of eleven, with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Both performances were broadcast live on BBC radio. In my early teens, I began songwriting and experimenting with basic multi-track recording techniques. I also wrote and recorded several short ‘Radio comedies’. After leaving school I sang semi-professionally with bands, playing guitar or bass. Armed with over 200 self penned songs, my band “The Herbs” and I spent some considerable time in recording studio sessions. I was always actively involved in the production and mixing process. We won the inaugural L.I.P.A. ’Battle Of The Bands’ competition and were runners-up in the ‘Northern Songwriter Of The Year’ events in 1993 and 1994.

In 1994 I was offered the role of ‘Paul McCartney’ in Bill Kenwright’s stage musical “Imagine - The John Lennon Story”. I achieved much praise and acknowledgement during the 54 show run at the Liverpool Playhouse as an actor, singer and musician. I moved to London to write and produce a touring Beatles tribute show. Using midi programming, I arranged and recreated the orchestration for a ‘Sergeant Peppers’ and ‘Magical Mystery tour’ medley. In 1995, I again portrayed Paul McCartney in the Fred Lawless musical comedy, “Best” at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool and in 1996 at Trinity College, Dublin.

Between 2013 and 2014 I performed over forty times with ‘The Shakers’ in the Cavern Club Liverpool, the USA, Spain and on national TV. Determined to focus my career on music production, I set up a home project studio. I went back to basics and built on my knowledge of music theory, to hone my arrangement skills. I studied many aspects of studio production, in particular those practiced in the E.M.I Abbey Road, Motown and Stax studios. Together with a former band member, we began to re-record, produce and mix tracks from our back catalogue of songs. “Affective Records” was set up as a label and platform for their release. Over the past two years I’ve also produced and mixed albums for several bands, most recently Liverpool’s “The Pages Of History”.

As an active Musicians’ Union member, I’ve sat on the East and South East Regional committee for nine years and acted as Chair for the Equalities committee. I was also trained as a TUC / MU Learning advisor and Roving Health and Safety rep. These roles have enabled me to speak at national conferences and gain a better insight into the music industry. I am very grateful for the opportunities which have presented themselves to date. The learning experience has been invaluable.

One of six shows I performed in the USA in May 2013