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A singer and guitarist who is well known for his work as a solo artist, Nick Heyward was formerly the frontman of the British group, Haircut 100. Born in 1961, Heyward is a songwriter who is mostly associated for his pop take on new wave music of the 1980s. In addition to his guitar work, the performer is also an accomplished bassist. He has been taking to the stage as a professional musician since 1981 and has been signed to various record labels, including Arista, Reprise and Creation over the years. He also spent a few years in the 1990s making music for the Epic recording label. Raised in Beckenham, Heyward left school at the age of 16 to pursue a career as an artist.
Nick Heyward's early career
Heyward’s interest in music extends back to his time at school. He and two friends, Les Nemes and Graham Jones, put together various musical outfits in the late 1970s, eventually going on to form Haircut 100 in 1980. The band was offered a professional recording contract the following year and went on to produce four top 10 singles in the immediate aftermath. Heyward was the chief songwriter of the outfit and his tracks made up the entire debut album, Pelican West, which went on to gain platinum status. It peaked at number two in the UK album charts in 1982.
After the band had begun work on their follow-up LP, Heyward left Haircut 100 and was replaced by Marc Fox as the lead singer. Whether Heyward departed of his own accord to pursue a solo career or was fired by his bandmates is the source of some debate. Regardless of how it happened, Heyward embarked on a new career as a lone performer from 1983.
Nick Heyward's solo work
Heyward’s first single was called “Whistle Down the Wind”. It performed well in the UK charts and made his name as a solo act. Two further hits soon followed, including the number 11 single, “Take That Situation”. Heyward’s debut solo album, North of a Miracle, pleased his former Haircut 100 fans and won new plaudits, ending up at number 10 in the charts. A further solo work followed in 1986, with a rockier style emerging in 1993, with the release of From Monday to Sunday.
Although further studio albums appeared, Heyward took the decision to self-release as an independent music maker from 1998. In 2013, the songwriter announced that he was working on material with his son in a collaborative effort. In 2017, Heyward put out the critically acclaimed Woodland Echoes, which blended 70s rock with the singer’s usual accessible approach to popular music.
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