Steve has seen all the ups and downs of the music industry. From small pubs to Wembley, writing producing and singing with some of the best people in the business. Steve has a remarkable story and a natural connect with the people that made him the first winner of The X Factor.
Currently, Getting Over The X has had over 400 reviews on Amazon and has received great interest. The subject of music, fame, X Factor and what goes on behind the scenes is alway of interest.
Steve is available for personal appearances including Q&A sessions about his time on X-Factor and his career so far.
Quotes about Steve’s autobiography “Getting Over The X”
If you’re thinking of going on The X Factor you need two things. An application form and a copy of this book. The hardback version of this book has a spine. Unlike some of the people in it.’
Ian Hyland, The Mirror
‘It’s got the snappiest title of any autobiography out this year and Steve’s X Factor revelations are truly eye-opening. No fan of Steve’s or the shows should be without a copy!’
Matthew Wright, Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff
‘Highly recommend Getting Over The X! Brilliant read, couldn’t put it down! About time he got to have his say!’
– Joanna Page Actress, Star of the hit TV Show Gavin & Stacey
Multi Award winning Stand Up Comedian:
-City Life Comedian of the year 2002/2003
-Wilkinson Sword Cutting Edge of Comedy regional winner
-Finalist Edinburgh festival 2002
Meet ‘The Click’ 60’s band members:
Colin Walker (Lead Vocals and Rhythm Guitar)
Alan Thompson (Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals)
He has worked touring with big names like The Mommas and the Papas, George McCrae, Freda Payne, Albert King, and Gloria Gaynor and has played significant venues including The London Palladium . His reputation also brought opportunities to do other “one off” events such as The Hammersmith Odeon with Mick Ronson’s band, and a stint as tour manager with The Happy Mondays.
Andy Burns (Bass Guitar and Backing Vocals)
Andy’s first music success was with Manchester band Stress, supporting several big names on stage including Julian Cope, Stiff Little Fingers and Echo and the Bunnymen, all still around today in one form or another. They released a single, “Too Late to Cry”, on the Out of Town record label in 1981, before going their separate ways.
John Woodruff (Drums and Backing Vocals)
John has been part of the Manchester music scene since the 60’s when he formed Romany Rye with Andy MacPherson. They played across the North West including Liverpool’s Cavern Club and various college and university venues supporting Free and Status Quo. John also worked with Andy to set up Revolution Studios. This was initially in the attic of a flat they rented in Davenport and clients included The Buzzcocks who arrived for their first session on the bus! Andy later took over full running of Revolution when it moved to Cheadle Hulme.
Multi-instrumentalist Jake Edmonson studied music at Trinity College, London. He is a native Lancastrian who spent nine years sailing the seven seas, playing Tenor Sax on cruise ships. He also plays Alto Sax, Flute and Clarinet, bringing a wide range of sounds to the band. His approach to music is influenced by Joshua Redman, Charlie Parker and Phil Woods.
Originally from France, singer Gaia studied the piano and singing from the age of 10, moved to England in her early 20’s and in 2017 became a singing teacher at The Music Spot in Lancaster. Among her influences are Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Sia, Beyonce, Tina Turner and Lana del Rey.
Guitarist Tim Hickman grew up in the western United States and is (mostly) from Los Angeles. He studied music performance at the University of Oregon with Don Latarski. Later, he studied with Sid Jacobs in Los Angeles and Trefor Owen in Manchester. His influences include Pat Martino, Johnny Smith, Jim Hall and Kenny Burrell.
Bassist Ken Johnston is a Londoner by birth. He comes from a long line of musicians and has lived in Lancaster for 20 years, where he studied Bass with Laurence Canty. Among his influences are the Motown legend James Jamerson, King Oliver, Charlie Parker and Robert Johnson.
Drummer Richard Rushton comes from Australia and played in several pop, jazz and funk bands in Sydney before moving to Lancaster. Since 2011, he has played in the Lancaster-based jazz group, Swerve Trio. His playing is influenced by the drummers who played with Miles Davis over the years – Max Roach, Tony Williams, Jack Dejohnette and Al Foster – as well as Elvin Jones and Paul Motian.
Manchester United Players Party (Champions League Final Rome 2009)
Sir Alex Ferguson’s Old Trafford 25th Anniversary Private Party Hilton Hotel Manchester
Sir Alex Ferguson’s Golf Day Classic The Belfry
Sir Alex Ferguson Testimonial Dinner GMEX Manchester
Manchester United Players Millennium NYE Party
Denise Welch Charity Ball – Old Trafford Cricket Ground & Palace Hotel Manchester
Sir Alex Ferguson UNICEF Gala Ball
Doncaster Rovers Summer Ball
Darren & Nadine Ferguson Wedding Carden Park Hotel
Edwin Starr Memorial Tribute Willows Variety Centre
Louise & Jamie Redknapp Charity Ball Crown Plaza Liverpool
Unison Annual Conference Brighton Grand Hotel
Unison Annual Conference Bournemouth Winter Gardens
Soul Night – The Ritz Ballroom Brighouse (20 years)
The Red Cross Ball Midland Hotel Manchester
Red Can Ball Marbella Spain
Intercontinental Hotel Geneva Switzerland
CO-OP Food Awards – GMEX Manchester
HILTI Power Tools Awards Evening – Manchester Central
He has an exceptional musical background and wealth of experience from House – Funk – Soul – Jazz. After performing regularly across the UK and abroad in Marbella and Ibiza, Simon rocks dance floors globally. A unique talent plus a versatile artist and virtuoso on his instrument.