As a kid, Rob was reluctantly dragged through piano lessons, and finding 30 minutes each day to practice seemed the most impossible task imaginable. Until, that is, Rob joined his first band at the age of 11 and fell in love with song-writing, and then suddenly, years of piano scales and endless versions of ‘chop-sticks’ started to pay off.
Rob’s first solo recording, ‘A Million Stars’, was a six track E.P., the success of which resulted in the title track becoming Single of the Week on BBC Radio Wales. Rob’s second single ‘Little Acorns’, produced by celebrated producer Greg Haver was also made Single of the Week. Following these releases Rob linked up with a unique and eclectic supporting band of musicians which added djembe, accordion, bass and guitar to Rob’s live line-up.
From their base in the Welsh valleys, 2016 sees the release of Rob’s second album, ‘Motorcycle Heart’, and as with his debut album ‘Let It Go’, once again, Rob has teamed up with Richard Thomson’s Grammy nominated producer Simon Tassano as co-producer with Ty-Drwg’s Frank Naughton.
The album blends all the skills and influences of Rob’s band to produce 12 tracks that bridge Americana, Folk, Country and even good old pop. And the songs themselves take their inspiration from Rob’s experience growing up in a homestead dominated by motorcycles and motorcyclists and the unique characters and stories that flowed from them.
Rob’s band blends instrumentalists including Van Morrison bassist Pete Hurley, african rhythm student Liz Mullins, country guitarist Brett Green and Back Of Beyond’s drummer Tim Robinson. The success of the release of their first album was quickly followed by appearances playing a host of shows and summer festivals alongside the likes of Seth Lakeman, Show of Hands, The Mystery Jets, Hayseed Dixie and Martin Simpson.
Rob’s music has seen him tour the UK and Europe, including a residency at Liverpool’s Cavern Club, performances at Wembley Arena and playing support to Amy Wadge, Henry Preistman, Bernard Butler and Ian McCulloch. As a dedicated song-smith Rob has also been sought after to co-write songs from country to R&B, has written for X-Factor finalists, right through to Spanish ‘emo’ artists and has written songs for animated film, as well as for a new motion picture musical released by Tornado Films entitled ‘Rain’.