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Simon Peter Ellis (born 18 May 1961 in Bradford, Yorkshire) 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 Peter Ellis
Born (1961-05-18) 18 May 1961 (age 58)
London, England
OriginBradford, Yorkshire, England
GenresPop, Synthpop
Occupation(s)Songwriter, Producer, Musical Director, Mixer
InstrumentsKeyboards, Synthesiser
Years active1987–present
Associated actsEllis, Beggs, & Howard, Spice Girls, Britney Spears, S Club 7, Westlife, East 17, D Ream
Websitehttp://simonellismusic.com

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Personal lifeEdit

Born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, Simon lived with his mother and brother in his early years. Growing up he attended Swaine House School followed by Hanson School, before he then went on to study at Bradford Art School and Preston Art School where he graduated with a BA Honors in Graphic Design.

Simon harboured another passion besides Graphic Design. He was talented musically and taught himself to play piano from the age of 15. In the mid-80’s Simon made the move to London to pursue a career in graphic design, but it was fate that intervened and he fell into the world of music.

Simon now resides in the south of England with his wife and co-writer of hits from his past and present catalogue, and two adult children.[4]

CareerEdit

Early CareerEdit

In 1988, Simon formed the “Ellis, Beggs and Howard,” Supported by their debut album ‘Homelands,’ the band had success across mainland Europe where their music sold in considerable numbers, gaining a modicum of success in the continent. 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] Ellis, Beggs and Howard split in circa. 1990.

With this split, Simon continued trying to make a living in music and did almost nothing for 3 years, by this time Simon had met his future wife, Johanne, who was pregnant their first child.

In 1994, Simon took up his first musical director job with the band D:Ream [who had hits such as ‘Things Can Only Get Better’ and ‘U R The Best Thing’ and toured with them for a couple of years until he then went to join East 17 as part of their musical band on their promotional tours.

Work with Spice GirlsEdit

In 1997, Ellis got his major break as a musical director when was head hunted by Simon Fuller for the then new project, The Spice Girls. Fuller brought Ellis into the world of 19 Management and gave him the job as the girls musical director. Ellis made numerous TV appearances with the girls, and was the mastermind behind all of their concerts and world tours through to 2019. Due to commitments with the band Westlife in the summer of 2019, Simon didn't MD the Spice World - 2019 Tour.

Work with S Club 7Edit

The producer has had a long-standing collaboration with English band, S Club 7, dating back to the late 1990s. This artistic partnership resulted in him co-writing and producing three top five UK singles, including two no.1's.[6] He has toured with the band on all of their live concerts tours as the musical director.

Work with Britney SpearsEdit

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 asked to MD for Spears' Femme Fatale Tour.[7]

Work with WestlifeEdit

Simon got back together with Westlife who he's worked with on two of their past concert tours in 2010 Where We Are Tour and 2011 Gravity Tour, and was the musical director for their come back 2019 The Twenty Tour.

Simon continues to write and produce music for new and already established artists, and is actively working as a Musical Director.

Concert ToursEdit

Simon has been involved as the Musical Director, Mixer and/or Keyboard player in all the following concert tours, gigs and TV appearances:

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[8]Edit

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

The Ivor Novello Awards[9]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. ^ "Austin Howard". UK Vibe. 29 July 2015. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Simon Ellis is a Producer based in London, United Kingdom". StarNow. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  7. ^ Artist Relations (14 May 2009), Simon Ellis musical director for Britney Spears Circus Tour on Nord, retrieved 19 August 2018
  8. ^ "Brit Awards 2002 Winners". BBC News | Brit Awards 2002. 20 February 2002.
  9. ^ "Ivor Novello Awards 2001". Ivor Novello Awards 2001. 29 July 2018.

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