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ROB REYNOLDS

Rob Reynolds is a singer/songwriter and recording artist who represented England and won 'The Baltic Song Contest' in 2005. He plays acoustic/electric guitar, lap steel, Dobro steel, harmonica, bass and Keyboards.

 

Early Life

Reynolds was born 5th December 1967, at St Mary's Hospital, Portsmouth, to Iris May ( n�e Cowper) a nurse and Robert Reynolds, RSPCA Inspector, he has two older brothers, Steve Reynolds, head of drama at Li Po Chun United World College, Hong Kong and Paul Reynolds, programme leader in Sociology and Social Psychology, at Edge Hill University Ormskirk. The family moved around a lot with his father's work and eventually settled when Rob was 2 years old in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. He attended Rossett High School and at the age of 15 he started singing blues and jazz in local venues, he met guitarist Mark Hinman and formed The Burt Reynolds and the Boardwalkers band, joined various other bands like Let it Rain which gave him the opportunity to play further a field, and started learning the guitar at 16 which gave him the ability to get more involved with the music and would eventually help with writing his own material. When his father died in August of 1993, he felt the need to leave town, and so moved to London in early 1994.

 

The Career Years

Rob soon found a manager in the form of veteran, Carl Miller, who'd been Cat Stevens personal manager and started on his first project when Carl introduced him to Alvin Gibbs of punk veterans UK Subs, through Carl and Alvin, Rob came to the attention of then-fledgling London based Indie record company, Invisible Hands Music. Initially signed in 1995 to a development deal, IHM put Rob out on the road supporting Midge Ure for 3 months and followed that with shows with Procul Harum, Big Joe Turner, China Crisis and Errol Brown, he recorded some early demo's with a band that included drummer Chuck Sabo, (Natalie Imbruglia), It Bites keyboard player John Beck and bass and produced by Nigel Ross-Scott, (Dexy's Midnight Runners).

 

The debut album, Waiting For The Tide, was recorded in the summer of 1996 at Jacob's Studios in Farnham, with an all-star cast featuring drummer Darren Mooney from Primal Scream, bassist Jon Noyce from Jethro Tull and keyboard player Reg Webb (Lenny Kravitz) and produced by ace guitarist Greg Bone (Seal, Sting, Take That). Legendary sound engineer Robin Black (Wings, The Who and Pink Floyd.

 

1997 and the first single released was an authentic and beautiful cover of the Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler jazz standard 'Stormy Weather' the only cover on Waiting For The Tide and considered by many aficionados to be the definitive performance of the song. In the UK, the 80 or so live sessions, stunned radio and television viewers and welcomed the single. This was demonstrated on a massive scale, beating the likes of Louise and Hanson in a national radio Juke Box Jury, and being given the Single Of The Week accolade by Jazz FM.

 

The second single 'Take It Easy' out in 1998 continued Rob's take-over of the airwaves as he travelled the length and breadth of the country performing live sessions on dozens of BBC and ILR stations and was invited to launch the nation's newest terrestrial television network Channel 5 with its first afternoon show Five's Company, hosted by Nick Knowles.

 

After a period of writing and touring, Rob returned in 2000 with a self produced seven-track mini-album entitled Samsara Never Sleeps, recorded at Skyline Studios, Epsom. With his live stalwarts Carl Holt on bass, Michael Bramwell on keyboards and the Everest of funk himself Carlos Hercules on drums. It was met with critical acclaim and respected UK music monthly Mojo Magazine made Samara Never Sleeps one of their four 'Critics Choice' for the month, and the album sold well across the world.

 

After a period of experimental recording for a label in Germany, which included sessions with the Munich Symphony Orchestra and some 5.1 Surround mixes, Rob returned to London in the autumn of 2002 and set about recording and producing his third album Sightseeing. Using again his backbone of musicians in the form of Carl, Mike and Carlos, he added some additional guests included guitarist Steve Harris (Gary Numan), keyboard player Richard Cottle (Seal) and percussionist Miles Bould (Sting).

 

Sightseeing saw Rob hit his peak as a singer, writer and producer. The first single Sweet Mother hit the airwaves in July, staying on the BBC Radio 2 playlist for an astonishing five weeks; and Radio 2 invited Rob to perform two tracks live to a massive radio audience as part of their Great British Music Debate. Regional radio was equally enthusiastic, racking up over 40 playlists. In Europe the single was A listed by Holland and Belgium's equivalent of Radio 1.

 

2004 saw Rob begin the year with a tour of radio stations around the country. March 31st heralded the start of a whirlwind and successful tour with Hazel O'Connor, taking him around the UK and The Netherlands and after returning to the UK he proceeded with an equally successful tour with Glen Tilbrook of Squeeze which made this a very busy year ending with an acoustic set supporting Pete Wylie at the Islington Academy in London.

 

In February 2005 Reynolds played on the 'Best of British' stage at MIDEM in Cannes, France. In June Rob dueting on Hazel O'Connor's, Hidden Heart album, produced by legend Martin Rushent. He then twice toured Canada, during which included showcases at Canada Music Week on the first tour and in the second tour played at NXNE. Later in the year played two sets at the Glastonbury Festival and won the Baltic Song Contest for England in Malmo, Sweden. Reynolds then closed the end of the year touring Ireland with Christy Hennessey, and realising single 'Heaven Knows' which spent ten weeks on RTE Radio 1.

 

During the year he also opened for other acts including: Paul Carrack, Amos Lee and Arthur Lee and Love.

 

2006 saw Rob release his fourth album; a compilation of his work to date entitled 'The Curious World', drawn from his previous three studio albums.

 

He then returned to Canada in 2007 to play NXNE and tour with Hugh Cornwell from The Stranglers which would take him from Toronto to Montreal. Reynolds then went straight to Winnipeg to embark on his 5th album 'Coming Home', with Multi Juno award winning producer Brandon Friesen. The album would take two years to complete and is due out in 2009.

 

2008 and Reynolds's long time friend and producer Tom Jackson in Switzerland asks him to co-write the melodies and lyrics for a German Band called Rauschhardt, (guitarist Tom Rauschhardt, bass player JAcki Reznicek, drummer Sebastian Reznicek and keyboard player Christoph von Haniel), they recorded the songs in Hannover and Berlin and the album is to be released in 2010.

 

2009 and Reynolds is asked to do a duet on 1970's rockers, Wally's first album in 30 years, and dance outfit and producer Boyan asks Reynolds to guest vocal on two tracks of their upcoming album.

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