My love of singing started with my Dad. He sang, I listened. I continued singing before hooking up with Darren in London in 1996 and worked for Warner Music by day, writing with Darren in the evenings. This led to signings with EMI and Atlantic Records. It was an exciting time, meeting Ahmet Ertegen and releasing an album that led to a number 1 Billboard single as Pocket Size.
It all sounds great, but actually I struggled with the music industry. Next came over a 10-year period of no singing at all, although initially I did continue writing with others, including Robin Taylor Firth (Nightmares On Wax/ Budnubac).
Living in Sussex again I took up playing Autoharp and going to local folk clubs. The supportive environment and the characters found in the clubs was a wonderful way to find my voice again.
After studying Music at Goldsmiths in the late 80s, Darren teamed up with old school friend Dom Dyson to form Shimmer.
Together they worked at Fon Studios in Sheffield with Moloko's Mark Brydon, 808 State's Graham Massey and Krush's Mark Gambol & Ruth Joy. They later signed with Dome Records, releasing two 12" singles. They continued writing, while remixing for both The Art of Noise and Japan's Soft Ballet, later releasing Make A Sound following a name change to Dumb Angel.