ROACHFORD WHAT WE HAD SINGLE // FEATURING BEVERLEY KNIGHT FROM THE NEW ALBUM // TWICE IN A LIFETIME UK TOUR // MARCH + APRIL 2020

Revered British singer, songwriter and musician ANDREW ROACHFORD teams up with the Queen of British soul BEVERLEY KNIGHT for the powerful duet WHAT WE HAD.

It was a joy to finally work with Roachford after years of admiration for his work, so much that I recorded a homage to his smash Cuddly Toy some years ago. He is one of the great British singer songwriters, and continues to be brilliant as you can hear with What We Had.” // BEVERLEY KNIGHT

The track is available to stream and download here: https://roachford.lnk.to/whatwehadPR or as an instant grat when pre-ordering the new ROACHFORD album, TWICE IN A LIFETIME, from iTunes or the official artist store here: https://roachford.tmstor.es/?lf=ba1626395633015e1dc0ce8301c46cc1

We’ve had a similar journey over the years, me and Beverley, both of us from a black Caribbean heritage, with similar stories and a lot of shared experiences. We’ve had to go out there and bang on a lot of doors during our careers, and I really admire Beverley a lot, I love her warrior spirit. When she came to the studio and started singing, we knew it was going to be special.” // ANDREW ROACHFORD

Throbbing with musicality and soul, TWICE IN A LIFETIME is the sound of an artist at the top of his game, of one who knows his craft inside out, and is the album Andrew Roachford MBE has been gearing up to make for decades. Produced by Jimmy Hogarth, who has previously worked with Paolo Nutini, Duffy and Amy Winehouse, and featuring several members of Winehouse’s band alongside a duet with Beverley Knight, it’s full of grit and the most tremendous sonic energy.

I think that with this album, I finally get to showcase just who I am – an artist, a songwriter, a pianist,” says ROACHFORD. “I never wanted to be a fleeting popstar chasing momentary fame; I’ve always been in this for the music and for the long haul – and I’m still here.

Since Cuddly Toy (a mainstay of radio airplay for over three decades) reached number four in the charts in 1988, ROACHFORD has carved out a career for himself as one of the most compelling and consistent rock and soul artists the UK has produced. He has released 10 studio albums and several Greatest Hits collections, been sought as a songwriter by the likes of Michael Jackson, Joss Stone and Chaka Khan, and consistently toured on his own and with contemporaries such as Terence Trent D’Arby and The Christians. For the past nine years, he has also been part of Mike and The Mechanics, recording with Mike Rutherford’s post-Genesis band and playing live with them across the world.

And so, in 2020, ROACHFORD finds himself writing and recording the best songs of his life. He’s come a long way from the giddy chart success of Cuddly Toy, with a deep-rooted desire to work at his trade and, simply, to make great music.

ROACHFORD is someone who channels the energy of James Brown before going on stage each night and who, on record, summons the spirit of Al Green and Joe Cocker. When he sings, you listen. And he is always performing, always laying live somewhere. To coincide with the album release, he will embark on the following dates:

 

 

MARCH

 

Thu         26           NORWICH                             Waterfront

Fri           27           MANCHESTER                       O2 Ritz

Sat          28           NEWCASTLE                          O2 Academy

 

APRIL

 

Thu         02           BRISTOL                                 O2 Academy

Fri           03           LONDON                               O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Sat          04           BIRMINGHAM                      O2 Academy 2

Sun         05           BRIGHTON                             Concorde 2

Fri           10           GLASGOW                             Oran Mor

Sat          11           GLASGOW                             Oran Mor

See http://gigst.rs/Roachford and Ticketmaster for tickets.

I like to improvise,” he says, “so no two shows are the same and, even when I play the old hits, I always play them differently so I never get bored and neither I hope do the audience. I like to think I know how to interpret a room, how to connect with a crowd, and I always give it 100%. Every night, the moment the music starts up, the moment I walk out onto a stage, I’m right there. I’m completely inside it.”

TWICE IN A LIFETIME will be released on CD and heavyweight vinyl with signed copies available from the official artist store: https://roachford.tmstor.es/?lf=ba1626395633015e1dc0ce8301c46cc1

 

TRACK LISTING

 

  • High on Love
  • Love Remedy
  • Too Much to Lose
  • Give It Up and Let It Go
  • What We Had (with Beverley Knight)
  • Won’t Think Twice
  • So Long
  • Are You Satisfied?
  • The Truth Hurts Too Much
  • Gonna Be the One
  • Once in A Lifetime
  • Written in My Heart
  • You’re the One

LOVE REMEDY:                    https://roachford.lnk.to/loveremedyPR

HIGH ON LOVE:                    https://roachford.lnk.to/highonlovePR

TOO MUCH TO LOSE:         https://roachford.lnk.to/toomuchPR

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