Born in Liverpool, Kevin studied percussion at the Royal Northern College of Music but soon discovered the campus had a recording studio, and that changed his world. Six months into his first year he had written and recorded a rock musical. Granada Television asked to film it and a year later, “Visiting Day” was on full network television. He realised that percussion was not what he wanted to pursue and decided to move to London and make his career as a composer and songwriter.
His initial break came when Simon Callow heard a tape and asked him to score Jean Cocteau’s “Infernal Machine” starring Maggie Smith for the Lyric Theatre. The good reviews led to a period writing music for many West End shows, most notably “Shirley Valentine” (which also transferred to Broadway with his score) and Tom Stoppard’s “Artist Descending A Staircase”, for which he received perhaps the greatest accolade a composer of theatre music can receive – a fan letter from Stephen Sondheim.
The world of television was to lure Kevin back but this time his focus was on top-end commercials and idents, some of which still run today. He created a company called Noiseworks and composed music for scores (ha ha) of commercials and idents, winning several awards along the way. These include the complete station ID package for Channel 4 and later The Discovery Channel between 1995 and 1999. He has since written music for many dramas and documentaries, notably the “Survival” nature programmes that continue to run on Discovery.
Seven years ago Kevin had written enough music to picture and needed a fresh challenge. Songs! From humble beginnings he has now co-written and produced four major label artist albums, most recently with the Irish band “The 4 Of Us” for EMI, which has received outstanding reviews.
With a classical background coupled with a songwriter’s sensibility, his arranging and producing skills have truly come together. During the last few years years, in Nashville, New York, Los Angeles and in London he has been co-writing with some of the premier songwriters and producers, including Don Black, Peter Sinfield, Gary Barlow, Sharon Vaughn and Chris Neil, while his songs have been recorded by Tina Arena, Appasionante and recently Bella Voce Africa and Paul Potts. Last year he completed albums with debut artist Fe and the legendary Mica Paris, whose albums he co-wrote and produced.