An unlikely star of reality television, Alistair first grabbed the public’s attention in 2003, when he appeared on the second series of the BBC’s Fame Academy series. As Alistair says, "That was a long time ago – since then I’ve learned about the realities of the music industry, fame itself and what‘s important to me as an artist and songwriter. I think Albion Sky reflects on the past but is musically very much about the future.”
At the centre of every track on his latest album Albion Sky is Alistair’s clear ability to write deeply heartfelt songs with a lyrical prowess that remains packed full of emotion. Alistair is clearly inspired by a number of different artists and genres, both classic and contemporary. It's rare to find someone who combines the lyrical influence of Leonard Cohen with big choruses to rival the likes of Brandon Flowers and Noel Gallagher. But that’s what he does and that’s what makes him unique. It is therefore no surprise that Alistair’s songwriting talents have caught the ear of many other performers who have covered a variety of his tracks across the globe, with artists as diverse as Robin Gibb and Cascada performing his songs.
Working with award winning producer and former Psychedelic Fur, Ed Buller, encouraged Alistair to dig deep musically. Ed’s CV is particularly impressive, and his appearance in the production chair was a natural progression for Alistair and the album. Best known for his work with Suede, Pulp, White Lies and The Courteeners, Ed’s approach accentuated Alistair’s assets. As Alistair suggests: “Ed’s like a musical scientist, working with him was inspiring and allowed me to take the songs in different direction, we stripped things back and brought out the rawness of the tracks
Albion Sky is a brutally honest and revealing musical document which clearly conveys an artist who is comfortable in his own skin. An artist ready to take risks, with renewed self confidence and focus.