Award-winning singer/songwriter Rob Reynolds has performed with the likes of Midge Ure, Errol Brown, Hazel O’Connor, China Crisis, Big Joe Turner, Arthur Lee, and Love, Pete Wylie, Procul Harem, Paul Carrack, Christy Hennessey, Glen Tilbrook, Hugh Cornwell and Amos Lee. He plays acoustic, electric guitar, slide guitar, lap steel, Dobro steel guitar and Harmonica.
Although born in Portsmouth, Rob grew up in Harrogate where, at the age of fifteen, he began singing in various bands, learned the guitar and commenced a songwriting career that would win him accolade in the years to come.
Rob moved to London and quickly started on his first project when his manager Carl Miller 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.
Rob toured supporting Midge Ure throughout the year. The first single was released through Invisible Hands; an authentic and beautiful cover of the Arlen / Koeler jazz standard ‘Stormy Weather’, considered by many aficionados to be the definitive performance of the song. It achieved single of the week at Jazz FM and won a Jukebox Jury on Surf FM. There were countless radio sessions around the country along with dozens of TV appearances and a tour date supporting China Crisis.
Second single ‘Take It Easy’ was released through Invisible Hands. In summer the debut album, ‘Waiting For The Tide’, was recorded with an all-star cast featuring drummer Darren Mooney (Primal Scream), bassist Jon Noyce (Jethro Tull), keyboard player Reg Webb (Lenny Kravitz) and produced by ace guitarist Greg Bone (Seal, Sting, Prince). Even sound engineer Robin Black was a legend, having engineered albums by Wings, The Who, and Pink Floyd.
After a long period of travelling and writing in different parts of the world (including work in Germany with the Munich Symphony Orchestra) and releasing his second album ‘Samsara Never Sleeps’ which was Mojo magazine’s Album Of The Month, Rob was part of an extensive press campaign which resulted with him being featured in various publications such as NME, Melody Maker, Select, Classic Rock, Mojo , Blues and Soul and Time Out. In July 2003 the single ‘Sweet Mother’ hit the airwaves, staying on the BBC Radio 2 playlist for an impressive five weeks, and Radio 2 invited Rob to premier two tracks live to a massive radio audience as part of their Great British Music Debate.
In Europe, airplay and live dates took place in Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Holland and Germany. Rob returned to London to record ‘Sightseeing’, combining a love of soul, blues, rock and jazz, written and produced by Rob, with a band made up of some of the country’s top musicians ( previous collaborations of the band members have included Manic Street Preachers, Beverley Knight, John Martyn, Liberty X and many more) followed by playing support to Hazel O’ Connor for the rest of the year. Rob then went on to support Souad Massi at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire. By the end of the year Sweet Mother had been play listed on over forty radio stations which he then began to tour.
March heralded the start of a whirlwind and successful tour with Hazel O’Connor here in the UK and then in Holland, proceeded by an equally successful tour with Glen Tilbrook which made this a very busy year ending with an acoustic set supporting Pete Wylie at the Islington Academy in London.
Rob played to a packed crowd at the prestigious ‘Best Of British’ at Midem showcase in Cannes, France. He then toured Canada twice, the first of which included two showcases at Canada Music Week and the second taking NXNE by storm and touring with legendary Hugh Cornwell from the Stranglers, back to the UK to play tour support to Paul Carrack, Glen Tilbrook and Amos Lee played two sets at Glastonbury festival; and in Malmo, Sweden winning the Baltic Song Contest for England. At the tail end of the year Rob toured Ireland with Christie Hennessey and spent 10 weeks on Ireland’s RTE Radio 1 playlist.
Rob attended a radio promotion of Ireland and also wrote and worked performing acoustic sets throughout the year in London as well as Switzerland.
The fourth album was released, a compilation of his work so far entitled ‘The Curious World’, drawn from his three studio albums of a fascinating creative life and some of the best music made in the last twenty years.
A phone call from long time friend and producer Tom Jackson in Switzerland led to Rob being asked to write and be lead singer for German rock band and co-write there debut album “Free Falling” ‘Rauschhardt’, (Guitar: Tom Rauschhardt. Bass player: Jacki Reznicek. Drummer: Sebastian Reznicek. Keyboards: Christoph von Haniel.)
Rob then went on to begin album number five ‘Coming Home’, with Grammy nominated, Juno winning producer Brandon Friesen, in Winnipeg, Canada, using the cream of Canadian musicians.
On his return to the UK Rob made guest appearances on two songs with dance producer Boyan, and a duet with 70s psycho rockers Wally on their first album in 30 years. He played over 200 shows, including a French music festival in August, Rochefort Accords, where he performed with Piers Faccini and the legendary slide player BJ Cole, vibraphone player Roger Beaujolais and Rob Arnos on sax.
Rob was asked to sing on a cover of “Glad all Over” for Crystal Palace football club and following a successful tour of Germany with “Rauschhardt”on there “Free Falling” tour at the end of the year, 2012 is hotting up to be a good year, with return trips back to Germany with Rauschhardt, finishing his 6th Album in Switzerland, gigs in Spain, Malta and the UK and exciting collaborations with other artists.
“Bringing rock and soul and blues together needs a hefty voice and singer/ songwriter Rob Reynolds delivers this and a whole lot more.”
-The Independant UK national
“One to watch out for is Rob Reynolds, I first heard him play a live session on radio. He is a new Brit talent, offering real music and great songs“.
-Ben Todd, The Daily Mirror
“Another breathtaking example of Rob Reynolds’ superb voice, and heart-shattering, bleeding, raw, lyrical emotion, ‘Sightseeing’ should see him feted as a truly class act”.
-The Big Issue, Manchester
“Rob Reynolds not only delivers the song, he drives it to your door and installs it”.
-The Daily Mail
“Superb, more please!”
-Nick Miller, Jazz FM breakfast show
“Absolutely exhausting, so much energy and power in the voice, very emotional”.
-Phil Morgan, Lantern FM
“What a voice!”
-Rory Barnett, BBC Oxford
“A voice to melt an ice queen’s heart and great looks – our listeners thought he was great”.
-Pauline Daniels, BBC Merseyside
“Next Big Thing”
-Sam Taylor, Sunday Star