Join us at Quaglino’s on Tuesday 28th June for Summer Night of Meatloaf with Richard Hadfield.
19:00 – 19:30 / 20:00 – 20:30 / 21:00 – 21:30 / 22:00 – 22:30
“From Brighton busker to globe gigger. It’s been a crazy journey. I guess my love for jazz started when I was 16. I’d go out busking in my tux and sing classics from Nat to Ella to Frank. I just fell in love with the American song book and the joy it gave me. Within 2 years or so I was gigging at the local pubs and had a few amateur muscial theatre lead roles under my belt plus my first feature film appearance in ‘The World’s End’ with Simon Pegg.
Soon I began to delve into the world of YouTube. Nothing too serious. Just a bloke, his phone and a cheap backing track. I uploaded a short video of me singing Bring Him Home from Les Miseerables and that’s when my journey shifted a few gears.
A guy got in contact asking me if I’d like to join a band. A musical theatre boy band. I said ‘why not’ and met up with the group to sing a few songs. Next thing you know, we are winning Britain’s Got Talent six months later! The whole experience was a whirlwind. Simon Cowell loved the sound and signed us up to SYCO RECORDS straight away. It was August 2014 when the album dropped and hit No.1 in its first week. It went on to sell 300,000 copies. I couldn’t get my head round it. From then on we had two sell out UK tours including venues like the Royal Albert Hall and The Palladium. We performed in front of 30 million people on Japanese TV live, released a book, performed in the Royal Variety Show and shared the stage with stars like Gregory Porter, Shirley Bassey, Bette Midler, Alfie Boe, One Direction, Ed Sheehan, Michael Ball, Neyo, Little Mix, Ella Henderson, the list goes on and on. These were truly amazing experiences for me but something wasn’t right.”