Twice in a Lifetime Roachford
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- 1High on Love03:14
- 2Love Remedy03:38
- 3Too Much to Lose03:43
- 4Give It Up and Let It Go03:50
- 5What We Had03:29
- 6Won't Think Twice03:22
- 7So Long03:37
- 8Are You Satisfied?03:41
- 9The Truth Hurts Too Much03:38
- 10Gonna Be the One03:44
- 11Once in a Lifetime04:50
- 12Written in My Heart03:21
- 13You're the One04:09
Info for Twice in a Lifetime
Roachford is back and set to release what is assuredly the best album of his career in ‘Twice in a Lifetime’.
Throbbing with musicality and soul, ‘Twice in a Lifetime’ is the sound of someone at the top of their game, of one who knows his craft inside out, and is the album Andrew Roachford MBE been gearing up to make for decades. Produced by Jimmy Hogarth, who has previously worked with Paolo Nutini, Duffy and Amy Winehouse, and featuring several members of Winehouse’s band as well as a duet with Beverley Knight, it’s full of grit and the most tremendous sonic energy.
“I think that, with this album, I finally get to showcase just who I am - an artist, a songwriter, a pianist” he says. “I never wanted to be a fleeting popstar chasing momentary fame; I’ve always been in this for the music and for the long haul – and I’m still here. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a better place than I am right now.”
Since Cuddly Toy (a mainstay of radio airplay for over three decades now) reached number four in the charts back in 1988 Roachford has carved out a career for himself as one of the most compelling, and consistent, rock and soul artists the UK has produced. He has released 10 studio albums and several greatest hits collections, been sought-after as a songwriter by the likes of Michael Jackson, Joss Stone and Chaka Khan, and consistently toured on his own and with contemporaries including Terence Trent D’Arby and The Christians. For the past nine years, he has been part of Mike + the Mechanics, recording with Mike Rutherford’s post-Genesis band, playing live with them across the world.
A complicated operation in the autumn of 2018 to remove lesions on his vocal cords threatened to derail the Londoner’s career. “The funny thing was,” he says, “I never really considered myself just as a singer before. I always thought of myself as a musician who sings.” When it did return, his voice was stronger and richer and prompted in him a belated realisation. “I realised I’d better start treating it with care. I just took it for granted before, and I take full responsibility for that.” He smiles “And actually…as a singer I wasn’t too bad.” In the 12 months since his operation, this master of understatement has to all intents and purposes been reborn, a phoenix from the flames.
And so, in 2020, Andrew Roachford finds himself writing and recording the best songs of his life. He’s come a long way from the giddy chart success of Cuddly Toy, with his deep-rooted desire to work at his trade and to make great music ever-present and never stronger. Those efforts have been duly noted: earlier this year, he was awarded an MBE for Services to Music which he will collect in January.
Roachford is someone who channels the energy of James Brown before going on stage each night, and who, on record, summons up the spirit of everyone from Al Green to Joe Cocker. When he sings, you listen. And he is always performing, always playing live somewhere. To coincide with the album release Roachford will embark on a run of UK dates.
“I like to improvise,” he says, “so no two shows are the same, and even when I play the old hits, I always play them differently, so I never get bored, and neither, I hope, does the audience. I like to think I know how to interpret a room, how to connect with a crowd, and I always give it 100%. The moment the music starts up every night, the moment I walk out onto a stage, I’m right there, I’m completely inside it.”
“All I ever wanted to do was make great music” he says. “I suppose I’ve always been quite muso in that respect. It’s never about the fame, the moment in the spotlight; it’s about the work. I’m inspired by people like Elton John, Stevie Wonder; those artists who endure. The desire to write and perform has never left me, and the gift has never gone away.”
ist einer jener Soulsänger, die Songs, gleich welchen Genres, mit ungemein viel Seele füllen.
In diesem Jahr ist der gebürtige Londoner 50 Jahre alt geworden, präsentiert sich noch immer topfit und geht jedes Konzert mit schweißtreibendem Elan an – Roachford verausgabt sich bis zur letzten Zugabe. Passenderweise wird auch sein nächstes Album „Encore“ heißen, das voraussichtlich im Februar 2016 erscheint und ein sehr persönliches Album sein wird. Enthält es doch Andrew Roachford’s Lieblingstitel und einige Klassiker unterschiedlicher Herkunft, die er perfekt in ein fein nuanciertes Retro-Soul und –Popgewand arrangiert . Die Liste reicht von Bill Withers’ unverwüstlichem „Ain’t No Sunshine“ über „Family Affair“ von den Funk-Großmeistern Sly & The Family Stone und „Holding Back The Years“ von Simply Red bis hin zu „Under The Bridge“ von den Red Hot Chili Peppers. „Dieses Album enthält einige von jenen Songs, die mich im Laufe der Jahre als Performer befeuert haben und dazu beigetragen haben, dass ich selbst bemüht bin, jede Show zu einem magischen Ereignis zu machen.“ Eine Fähigkeit, die ihm einen lukrativen Nebenjob eingebracht hat: Seit einigen Jahren ist Andrew Roachford Leadsänger (und Komponist) bei Mike and the Mechanics und meistert auch diese künstlerische Herausforderung mit Bravour. Roachford hat sich seit seinen grossen Charterfolgen in der 90ern freigespielt und firmiert heute als feste Größe im internationalen Musikbusiness. Der charmante Soulman kann sich auf seine Fans verlassen, die genau wissen, was sie bei den Konzerten erwartet: simply sweet sweat soul music , tolle Stimmung, viel Schweiß und wahrscheinlich jede Menge Encores.
Im Oktober 2016 ist es wieder soweit. Dann bietet sich erneut die Gelegenheit einen der besten englischen R'n'B-Musiker unserer Zeit live zu erleben.
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