It was in 1983 that Howard Jones first burst upon the contemporary music scene with his very English songwriting, pioneering synthesizers and thought provoking lyrics. He set out his manifesto in his very first single ‘ New Song’. The lyrics called on the listener to challenge their preconceived ideas, to see both sides and ‘throw off your mental chains’. New Song was recently used in a pivotal scene in ‘Breaking Bad’ where Aaron Paul’s character Jessie Pinkman questions if he wants to ‘play by the rules’. New Song peaked at number 3 in the UK singles charts.
Along with ‘New Song’, The first two albums, ‘Humans Lib’ and ‘Dream into Action’, brought Howard a host of hits including ‘Things Can Only Get Better’, ‘What is Love?’, ‘Pearl In The Shell’, ‘Like to Get To know You Well’, ‘Hide And Seek’ (performed at Live Aid), ‘Look Mama’ and ‘No One Is To Blame’, which reached No.1 in the US.
Howard has sold over 8 million albums across the globe and is one of a select group of British artists who have comprehensively ‘broken America’.
John Howard Jones was born in Southampton, England on the 23rd February 1955 to Welsh parents John & Thelma Jones. He has 3 brothers with Howard being the eldest. Howard learnt to play the piano at the age of seven.
Howard began performing as a solo artist, in the clubs and pubs in High Wycombe. It was at one of these shows that Howard noticed Jed Hoile dancing and performing mime to his songs. This was the start of a very impressive and visual partnership that continued to 1987.
Howard continues to be an active musician, producer and performer and records in his own studio, and lives in Somerset, England.
For further information on HOWARD JONES, check out the following websites / social media links:
Website – http://www.howardjones.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/howardjones/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/howardjones
‘What Is Love’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w34vnz_LEX4
‘Like To Get To Know You Well’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XD3qA54Fn_Q
‘New Song’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYnK83WxJnw
HUE & CRY
Brothers Patrick and Gregory Kane formed Hue and Cry in 1983, the duo made a huge impact in the late 80’s with the albums ‘Seduced and Abandoned’ and ‘Remote’ as well as the massive hit singles such as ‘Labour of Love.’ Albums like ‘Stars Crash Down’ and ‘Jazz Not Jazz’ ensured Hue and Cry’s continued triumph in the 1990’s, whilst the release of the hugely applauded ‘Open Soul’ in 2008 brought them firmly back into the limelight. The release of their seasonal album ‘Xmasday’ (2009) and live album ‘Bitter Suite, Again’ (2010), preceded the release of ‘Hot Wire’ (2012) which received rave reviews. To date Hue and Cry have sold in excess of two million records worldwide.
2014 signalled the 25th anniversary of the seminal Hue and Cry album ‘Remote’, released to not only huge acclaim but to multi-platinum success, spawning the singles ‘Ordinary Angel’, ‘Violently’ and ‘Looking For Linda’. To mark this Hue and Cry released ‘Remote: Major To Minor’ a multi – media celebration of ‘Remote’ which comes as a limited edition 48 page book containing four discs, including a re-worked and re-imagined version of the original album. In 2015 the brothers have returned to the live scene with both their piano & vocal format and their live full on band appearing as part of the Rewind Festival tour. 2015 also marked the centenary of Frank Sinatra’s birth an artist whose career has been a huge influence on Pat and Greg’s musical style. To celebrate they recorded ‘September Songs’ a covers album dedicated to the original Chairman of the Board. Hue and Cry are currently in the studio working on new material so watch this space!
Hue and Cry have garnered a wealth of publicity throughout their career and most recently with notable TV, Radio and Press outlets such as BBC Breakfast TV (BBC1); LIVE with Gabby TV (Channel 5); Jools Holland, Terry Wogan, Ken Bruce, Jeremy Vine (BBC Radio 2); Craig Charles (BBC 6 Music); Robert Elms (BBC London); Uncut, Record Collector, Mail on Sunday, The Independent, Daily Express, Scotsman.
Hue and Cry have sold tens of thousands of concert tickets worldwide, as well as performing alongside some of the greatest artists in music history, appearing with U2, James Brown, Madonna, Al Green and Van Morrison to name but a few. The duo were recognised by their peers when they were presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Scottish Music Awards.
Hue and Cry perform as an eight piece ‘full band’ line up or as a two piece ‘stripped’ line up.
For further information on HUE & CRY, check out the following website / social media links:
Website – http://www.hueandcry.co.uk/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/hueandcry/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/hueandcry
Tickets for the HOWARD JONES and Hue & Cry – Liverpool – May 2017 show are available from:
Friday 19th May
LIVERPOOL – Hangar 34
Box Office No: 0844 8000 410
Website – https://www.ticketquarter.co.uk/Online/