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Simon P. Ellis is an English musician, song writer, producer and musical director who has worked with the Spice Girls, Britney Spears, Westlife, S Club 7, East 17, and music mogul Simon Fuller[1]. He co-wrote and produced the S Club 7 hits "Don't Stop Movin'", "Two in a Million", "Never Had a Dream Come True" and "Alive". "Don't Stop Movin’" won the Brit Award for Best British Single 2002[2] and the ITV record of the year award in 2001[3]

Simon Ellis
Birth nameSimon P. Ellis
OriginBradford, West Yorkshire, England
GenresPop, Synthpop
Occupation(s)Songwriter, Producer, Musical Director
InstrumentsKeyboards
Years active1987–present
Associated actsEllis, Beggs, & Howard, Spice Girls, Britney Spears, S Club 7, Westlife, East 17
Websitehttp://www.simonellismusic.com

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Personal lifeEdit

Simon is originally from Bradford in West Yorkshire, England where he studied Graphic Design before moving to London.[4]

CareerEdit

Ellis started his musical career in the late 80's with the band 'Ellis, Beggs & Howard'. The band had success across mainland Europe where their album and singles sold in considerable numbers, gaining a modicum of success in the Continent supported by their debut album ‘Homelands.’ Although this album failed to ignite the consciousness’ of the UK buying public, it was their distinctive sounding first single ‘Big Bubbles, No Troubles’ which broached the UK charts peaking at Number 41.[5] This band dismantled in 1992/93.[6]

Ellis continued in the industry and joined East 17 as part of their musical band on their promotional tours in the mid-nineties. Thereafter, he started working under Simon Fuller and 19 Management as the Musical Director for the Spice Girls and later with S Club 7.[7] In 1999, Simon turned his hand to songwriting and producing, collaborating with the likes of Cathy Dennis to produce hits such as Never Had A Dream Come True, and Two In A Million.

During 2009, Ellis was appointed the role of Musical Director for Britney Spears's The Circus Starring Britney Spears, consequently leading on to 2011 when he once again was appointed the musical director for Spears' Femme Fatale Tour.[8]

Simon continues to write and produce music for new and already established artists, and is actively working as a Musical Director reuniting with artists he has worked with over the years.

Concert ToursEdit

Simon has been involved as the Musical Director, Mixer and Keyboard player in all the following concert tours:

Spice GirlsEdit

Britney SpearsEdit

S Club 7Edit

  • S Club Party (2001–02)
  • Carnival Tour (2002)
  • S Club United Tour with S Club Juniors (2003)
  • Bring It All Back (2015)

WestlifeEdit

Awards and NominationsEdit

ITV Record of the YearEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2001 "Don't Stop Movin'" The Record of the Year Won

Brit Award[9]Edit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2002 "Don't Stop Movin'" Best British Single - Writer & Producer Won

The Ivor Novello Awards[10]Edit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2001 "Never Had a Dream Come True" Best Song Musically and Lyrically Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "News | Simon Ellis Music". Simon Ellis | Producer, Songwriter & Music Director. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  2. ^ "History". BRIT Awards. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Simon Ellis S Club Interview". 8 December 2017. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Simon Ellis Linkedin". Linkedin. 25 March 2019.
  5. ^ "ELLIS, BEGGS & HOWARD | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Austin Howard". UK Vibe. 29 July 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Simon Ellis is a Producer based in London, United Kingdom". StarNow. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  8. ^ Artist Relations (14 May 2009), Simon Ellis musical director for Britney Spears Circus Tour on Nord, retrieved 19 August 2018
  9. ^ "Brit Awards 2002 Winners". BBC News | Brit Awards 2002. 20 February 2002.
  10. ^ "Ivor Novello Awards 2001". Ivor Novello Awards 2001. 29 July 2018.

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