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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

An evening of music and stories with @nikkershaw at @sage_gateshead Sun 17/9

Nik Kershaw At The Sage
Sunday 17th September

Following the success of his 2014 "Me, Myself and I" tour, Nik Kershaw returns with more solo shows. An intimate evening of songs and stories in the company of one of the UK's most respected songwriters.

Photo by Lawrence Harvey

Nik  spent his formative years in Ipswich and he signed to MCA Records in 1983, in September releasing  the single "I Won't Let The Sun Go Down" for the first time, reaching a respectable No.47 in the UK charts. It got to a more respectable No.2 when re-released in summer 1984.  Wouldn’t It Be Good brok Nik worldwide in January 1984. The seminal “Human Racing” album was released in March and achieved platinum sales in many territories. He managed to squeeze in two European tours, four more hit singles and another platinum album, “The Riddle”, before the end of the year.

1985 saw three more hit singles,  a world tour and an appearance at "Live Aid". He recorded  two more albums with MCA, “Radio Musicola” and “The Works” before leaving the spotlight in 1989 to focus on songwriting and production.

During the 90s Nik worked with the likes of Cliff Richard, Bonnie Tyler, Lulu, Ronan Keating, Jason Donovan, Nick Carter, Connah Reeves, Colin Blunstone, Petula Clark, Gary Barlow, The Hollies, Let Loose and Imogen Heap. Most notably, he penned and co-produced the ubiquitous “The One and Only” for Chesney Hawkes.

His sabbatical was briefly interrupted to work with Tony Banks (Genesis), and to record a self penned duet with Elton John for the great man’s “Duets” album. He returned to making his own records in 1998 with his fifth studio album “15 Minutes”, on Eagle Records. This was followed by the equally well-received “To Be Frank” (2001), “You’ve Got To Laugh” (2006) and the solo acoustic “No Frills” (2009).
Nik’s most recent album “Ei8ht” was released in 2012 and produced the singles ‘The Sky’s The Limit’ and ‘You’re The Best’. 

In 2014 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his first chart success, Nik  toured the UK with his  "Me, myself and I tour", an intimate,  solo retrospective.  Accompanied by just his guitar and flanked by three large screens, Nik entertained audiences with  songs and  light-hearted tales from his impressive career, in addition to taking questions from the audiences. 

Throughout his career, Kershaw has attracted praise from such legends as Eric Clapton and Miles Davis and has been nominated for four Brit Awards.  Elton John famously described him as being “the best songwriter of his generation”.

He continues to write and record, both for his own projects and for film and TV and performs his songs, old and new to his faithful following all over the world.

Look out for an interview with Nik by Jo of Jowheretogo.

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