Simon is an international tour musical director, record producer, songwriter, musician, and mixer with many award winning hits under his belt. He's written and produced songs for many top artists, including; S Club 7, John Farnham, Randy Crawford, Emma Bunton, Steps, Hearsay, D Side, Javine, Maria Lawson and others. (see: discography).
Originally from Bradford (Yorkshire), England, Simon studied graphic design prior to his move to London where he began his music career as a member of the band 'Ellis Beggs and Howard.' In turn, this led to him becoming the Musical Director for World Tours of notable artists, such as;
Ellis' is widely regarded in the music industry as the 'Best Musical Tour Director in the UK', and one of the most creative in the World. His work on 'The Return of The Spice Girls' World Tour in 2007–08 was described as “Genius” by their manager Simon Fuller – creator of the Idol Franchise and XIX Entertainment. Simon has a close relationship with Fuller, from which he has worked with some of XIX's biggest artists over the years, and continues to do so to the present day.
Simon has worked as a musician, primarily as a keyboardist, and the musical director on the following concert tours:
Girl Power! Live in Istanbul (1997)
Christmas in Spiceworld (1999)
The Return of The Spice Girls (2007–08)
Femme Fatale Tour (2011)
The Circus Starring Britney Spears (2009)
S Club 7
Carnival Tour (2002)
Bring It All Back Tour (2015)
Gravity Tour (2011)
Greatest Hits Tour (2012)
SONGWRITER & PRODUCER
In 1999, Simon penned his first hit as a songwriter and producer with the S Club 7 song "Two In A Million." after which further chart topping hits followed.
He continued to have success with S Club 7 and was nominated for an Ivor Novello award for "Never Had A Dream Come True" (songwriter). Simon also wrote and produced the UK No. 1 smash hit "Don't Stop Movin'" which went on to win ITV's 'Record of the Year' 2001, and a prestigious BRIT Award for 'Best British Single' in 2002.
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
ITV Record of the Year 2001
Don't Stop Movin' (S Club 7)
Record of The Year
The Ivor Novello Awards 2001
Never Had A Dream Come True (S Club 7)
Best Song Musically and Lyrically
BRIT Awards 2002
Don't Stop Movin' (S Club 7)
Best British Single – Writer & Producer
Simon's work continues to span a variety of different genres and projects; opening doors to new and old songwriters and artists in the industry. His experience and personal portfolio put him at the forefront of music, and a sought after figure to work with.
Are you or someone you know, a new or established singer/artist who may need guidance with song writing, record producing and mixing, or are simply looking to release music into the industry? SEM offers the opportunity to co-write and record master quality singles and albums at your convenience. Simon's expertise will help create the hit you've always wanted, and point you in the right direction of promoting to those in the industry. If you're interested in this songwriting/production service, please get in touch.
Additionally, Simon enthusiastically invites record labels, concert promoters and music management companies to email him to discuss services he can offer.