Tony Hadley Tony has been an accomplished solo artist since 1990 following his successful career with Spandau Ballet. He has seen a lot of the world and performed to a sizeable chunk of it - both live and via television and radio - but remains as enthusiastic and ambitious as ever, constantly welcoming new opportunities and challenges within music. This year Tony celebrates 25 years as a professional musician - an incredible achievement by any standards. As well as his love for song writing and recording, his real passion lies within the live arena - something he hopes will continue for a very long time - well, at least another 25 years anyway!
As a solo artist Tony has worked with musicians and within musical areas that are extremely far-reaching and diverse. Also, he has worked with a variety of talented producers and musicians. Ron Nevison (one of America's top rock producers with Heart and The Who) and Steve Lukather (guitarist with Toto) were involved in his very first solo album "The State of Play" recorded in Los Angeles in the early 90's. Duran Duran's Simon le Bon (Tony's supposed archrival!) very kindly sang backing vocals on Tony's version of Save a Prayer on the album "True Ballads". This album also featured recordings of some of his favourite songs such as Slave to Love, She's Gone and, one of the most beautiful songs ever written, Woman in Chains. He has also released three live albums - the first recorded at Ronnie Scott's in Birmingham and the other two recorded with his long-time friends Peter Cox and Richard Drummie from Go West, and Martin Fry from ABC.
Paul Anthony Young was born January 17th 1956. He was the middle child of three, has an elder brother Mark and a younger sister Joanne. His interest in music dates back to when he was very young, when he learnt to play the piano and then the guitar. On leaving school he worked with his father for Vauxhall Motors and played in various bands at night. He played Bass guitar in his first band but eventually lack of demand for bass players led him back to his first passion, singing. These were lean times musically because his preferred style of music; Soul, was not particularly popular. However he managed to sing in various bands such as Kat Kool & The Kool Kats and later in the better known Street band.
In December of 79’ the Street band broke up and Paul went on to form the Q-Tips.
During the next two years Paul introduced himself to more and more of the British public through the Q-Tips extensive touring playing 700 shows all over the UK. This period of intense activity gave Paul the
chance to develop his unique voice and stage persona. The Q-Tips went there separate ways at the end of 82’ and Paul signed as a solo artist with CBS/SONY Records.
Paul really came into his own with a formidably accomplished solo debut album, "NO PARLEZ" released in 83’ and including the number one single "Wherever I Lay My Hat" which maintained the number 1 spot for most of that summer followed by "Come Back And Stay" which maintained Paul's presence at the top of the charts.
With the release of his second album "The Secret Of Association" and the success of "Every Time You Go Away" his status as a world star was confirmed.
In 1987 Paul recorded his third album "Between Two Fires" in Milan where he met the Italian singer Zucchero. They became good friends and were later to collaborate very successfully.