This UK soul/funk band is led by Andrew Roachford (vocals, keyboards, percussion), and features Chris Taylor (drums), Hawi Gondwe (guitars) and Derrick Taylor (bass). Andrew Roachford performed from the age of 14 when he played in Londons Soho jazz clubs. The band was assembled in 1987, and by early 1988 was touring with Terence Trent DArby and the Christians, gaining a reputation for excellent live shows. Strong live support was instrumental to their breakthrough and CBS Records beat many other labels to sign the band. Two singles and an album came out in late 1988, but it was not until early 1989 that Cuddly Toy was re-released to become a UK Top 5 hit. It was closely followed by the minor hit, Family Man. The self-titled album was also rediscovered and the band started to make inroads into the American market, with Cuddly Toy breaking into the Top 30. Sessions for their second album took place in Britain and at Princes Paisley Park studios. None of the singles released from 1994s Permanent Shade Of Blue managed to break into the UK Top 20, but the album was an acclaimed fusion of blues and funk stylings. After a three-year hiatus, Roachford returned with the more mainstream-orientated Feel, to mixed reviews.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.