Andrew Roachford MBE (born 22 January 1965) is a British singer-songwriter and the main force behind the band Roachford, who scored their first success in 1989 with the hits "Cuddly Toy" and "Family Man". He has also had a successful solo career.

Andrew Roachford
MBE
Andrew Roachford.jpg
Roachford performing with Mike + The Mechanics
Background information
Birth nameAndrew Roachford
Born (1965-01-22) 22 January 1965 (age 54)
London, England
GenresPop rock, R&B, soul
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, keyboards, keytar, piano, percussion, guitar
Years active1987–present
LabelsColumbia Records
Associated actsMike + The Mechanics

He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to music.[1]

Early life and careerEdit

Andrew Roachford was born in London, England. The band of the same name was formed in 1987, the line-up featuring Andrew Roachford (vocals, keyboards, percussion), Chris Taylor (drums), Hawi Gondwe (guitars) and Derrick Taylor (bass guitar).[2] By 1988, the band were touring, supporting acts such as Terence Trent D'Arby and The Christians.[2] Shortly afterward, a seven-album recording contract with Columbia was signed.[2] They went on to have a string of success throughout the 1990s, becoming Columbia's biggest-selling UK act for ten years.[3]

Roachford released his first solo album, Heart of the Matter, in 2003. His next album Word of Mouth was released in June 2005 under the band name Roachford. In 2010, Roachford joined Mike + The Mechanics along with Tim Howar. The following year the album The Road was released featuring Roachford and Howar as lead vocalists, as well as the 2017 album "Let Me Fly".

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Year Album details Peak chart positions
UK
[4][5]
AUS
[6]
AUT
[7]
GER
[8]
NZ
[9]
SWE
[10]
SWI
[11]
US
[12]
1988 Roachford
  • Released: 12 July 1988
  • Label: CBS
11 48 109
1991 Get Ready!
  • Released: 1991
  • Label: Columbia
20 176 36 49
1994 Permanent Shade of Blue 25 2 52 11
1997 Feel
  • Released: 29 September 1997
  • Label: Columbia
19 61 47 37 50
2000 The Roachford Files
  • Released: 9 October 2000
  • Label: Columbia
88 316 100
2003 Heart of the Matter
  • Released: 4 August 2003
  • Label: Absolute
  • Released under the artist name Andrew Roachford
2005 The Very Best of Roachford
  • Released: 30 May 2005
  • Label: Columbia
Word of Mouth
  • Released: 27 June 2005
  • Label: Peppermint Jam/SPV
88
2011 Where I Stand
  • Released: 10 April 2011
  • Label: M3 Records
Addictive
  • Released: September 2011
  • Label: M3 Records
2013 This Beautiful Moment
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: M3 Records
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

SinglesEdit

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK
[4][5]
AUS
[6]
AUT
[7]
FRA
[13]
GER
[14]
IRE
[15]
NED
[16]
NZ
[9]
SWI
[17]
US
[18]
1988 "Family Man" Roachford
"Cuddly Toy" 61 73
"Find Me Another Love" 100
1989 "Cuddly Toy" (re-release) 4 49 7 17 25
"Family Man" (re-release) 25 157 18
"Kathleen" 43
1991 "Get Ready!" 22 35 43 Get Ready!
"Stone City" 58
"Innocent Eyes"
"Higher"
1994 "Only to Be with You" 21 18 57 44 24 Permanent Shade of Blue
"Lay Your Love on Me" 36 26 55 7
"This Generation" 38 53 60 32
"Cry For Me" 46 103
1995 "I Know You Don't Love Me" 42
1997 "The Way I Feel" 20 105 91 46 Feel
1998 "How Could I? (Insecurity)" 34 198
"Naked Without You" 53 71
"Ain't No Stopping Us Now" (MOBO Allstars)+ 47
1999 "Walk Away" (PF Project feat. Roachford)
2000 "From Now On" 90 The Roachford Files
2001 "Run Baby Run" (Bustafunk feat. Roachford) 11 60 Bustafunk (Bustafunk album)
2003 "The Pressure" Heart of the Matter
2004 "Pop Muzak" (Mousse T. with Roachford) 14 19 73 Word of Mouth
2005 "River of Love" 85
"Tomorrow"
2007 "Ride The Storm" (Roachford & M.Y.N.C. Project)
"Ride The Storm" (Remix)
(Carl Kennedy vs M.Y.N.C Project feat. Roachford)
2010 "Survive" (Laurent Wolf feat Andrew Roachford) 9 Harmony (Laurent Wolf album)
2011 "Wishing You Knew" Addictive
"Complicated"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "No. 62666". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 June 2019. p. B20.
  2. ^ a b c Colin Larkin, ed. (1997). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (Concise ed.). Virgin Books. p. 1019. ISBN 1-85227-745-9.
  3. ^ Biography Roachford.co.uk. Retrieved 5 November 2009.
  4. ^ a b UK chart peaks:
  5. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 465. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  6. ^ a b Australian (ARIA) chart peaks:
  7. ^ a b "austriancharts.at > Roachford in der Österreichischen Hitparade" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  8. ^ German albums chart peaks:
  9. ^ a b "charts.nz > Roachford in New Zealand Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  10. ^ "swedishcharts.com > Roachford in Swedish Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  11. ^ "hitparade.ch > Suche nach: Roachford (alben)" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Billboard > Roachford > Chart History > Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  13. ^ "lescharts.com > Roachford dans les Charts Français" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  14. ^ German singles chart peaks:
  15. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know > Search results for Roachford (from irishcharts.ie)". Imgur.com (original source published by Fireball Media). Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  16. ^ "dutchcharts.nl > Roachford in Dutch Charts" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  17. ^ "hitparade.ch > Suche nach: Roachford (songs)" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  18. ^ "Billboard > Roachford > Chart History > The Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 3 January 2019.

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