1999 to Date
Soul & Motown Vocal Entertainer/Actor/Voiceover
Artiste and Presenter
On arrival in the UK in 1999, my solo act was based
around rap/hip-hop music, before I joined Ray Lewis and the New Drifters.
From 2002 I have performed as a self-contained Soul/Motown vocal
entertainer at various venues throughout the UK.
My solo performance includes songs by Stevie Wonder, Barry White, The
Drifters, Lou Rawls, Kool & The Gang and Earth, Wind & Fire, amongst
others. As a solo entertainer,
I have enjoyed working on a semi-regular basis in such venues as Vogue Nightclub
in Sheffield (attendance 3000), The Underground in Leeds (invited back for 19
weeks), Leisure Lounge in London, Elbow Room in Leeds.
During this time I have also worked an American Four Tops tribute group,
Soul Satisfaction, as a backing singer. Since
2008 I have also been represented by Unit One Management, who are based in
Manchester. Through Unit One I have
performed in several venues, including the Waterside/Galleon chain of hotels.
Further details are given in the Relevant Experience section below.
My acting experience in the UK includes walk on,
background and bit parts in Television and Film productions.
Television work includes “Where The Heart Is…” for ITV and
commercials for clients, such as Morrisons.
The agency that has secured most of my acting/extra work was Acting Up
North, Huddersfield, UK, where my contact was Lea Bennette.
In 2008 I took part in the filming of a music video for a new group, The
New Antics. Prior to travelling to
the UK, I studied drama at Long Branch High School for three years, under the
direction of Mr Vincent Borelli.
Voiceover experience includes composing and recording
radio advertisements for local stations and merchants.
(Love 100, Peoples FM, The Coating Company (Sheepscar).
This work was secured through Leslie Coleman of Caleche Studios in Leeds.
Presenting experience includes several charity
events, including Leeds School of Contemporary Dance (Ian Eddy Sickle Cell Trust
Fund) and St George’s Crypt (Big Issue’s Youth At Risk).
In 2008 I presented the Urban Variety Show at North Pier Blackpool and
also the Poletastic World Pole Fitness Championships in the Printworks,
2004 to Date
Soul Satisfaction Limited
William Hicks – Lead Singer/Manager
Performing as a member of a male vocal group known as
the “American Four Tops” at various venues and holiday parks throughout UK
and the rest of Europe and also aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
In addition to the American Four Tops tribute act, Soul Satisfaction
perform Soul and Motown sets including the songs of artistes including the
Temptations, Smokey Robinson, The Stylistics, The Drifters and many more.
Ford Management, Blackpool
Ford – Manager
Whilst working with Mr Ford, performances were
secured throughout the United Kingdom, in such venues as Haven Holiday Parks,
Pontins and Mecca Bingo.
Management, South Wales
Luther – Manager
Mr Luther was my Manager and represented me both as a
solo artist and also in performances with a group known as “Soul City
Brothers”. Engagements made
through Mr Luther included venues in South Wales and a six-week contract in
Portugal at Casino Espinho throughout February and March 2001, followed by a
six-month contract in Portugal with Casino Villamoura’s “Dance Passion”
from April 2001.
New Drifters featuring Ray Lewis
Lewis – Lead Singer/Employer
I was recruited to perform as Baritone-Bass in a
four-part harmony with The New Drifters and progressed to perform rap songs as a
duet and also lead vocalist at Holiday Parks and Night Clubs.
These venues included Haven Holiday Parks, Zanzibar and Chicago Rock
Cafes, amongst others. As well as
performing in the group, I was also Mr Lewis’ Personal Assistant for all
engagements, including the role of Sound Technician when Mr Lewis was performing
Productions, New York
Washington – Producer/Songwriter
Given tuition on studio familiarity at a professional
level in the area of performing harmonies, tracking, melodies and “riffs”
and was given great encouragement in song writing.
I was signed to Youngstar in 1986 and presented the single “I’m not
afraid of the dark”, for the soundtrack to Ghostbusters II.
I was the featured artiste.
Farley – Manager/Agent, Newark, New Jersey
Bob Farley made contacts, mentored my stage
performance and booked many amateur showcases for me, such as: Blue Monday
Specials; Peppermint Lounge (broadcast on Cable); Monmouth County Regional
Amateur Competition, New Jersey; Ishka-bibals; several amateur contests and
working men’s clubs.
Formerly known as KING JONESY COOL in the United
States, I performed as an amateur for five years as a “Rapper”.
I studied Choral singing for three years at Long Branch High School under
the direction of Ms Stacey Miller. After
playing amateur venues such as Ishka-bibals – West End, The Peppermint Lounge
– Newark, Latin Quarter – New York and Funhouse – New York, I was asked to
record a professional song in a “real” studio.
Shortly after recording “I’m not afraid of the
dark” for Youngstar Productions, I signed a recording contract with them.
I began to write my own songs and was soon asked to write for others.
I performed at many small clubs promoting my new single “Just
After several months of disappointing negotiations
with larger companies, Youngstar Productions ceased to exist, and so did my
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