Singer song writer & multi-instrumentalist Mark Adams aka Duke was born & bred in the West End on Newcastle, in his teens Mark let rip with a passion for the golden age of rock n’ roll of Buddy Holly, Little Richard & Gene Vincent. Barely in his teens Mark put together his first band – a thrashing thing like Iggy and the Stooges. It was called Catch 22 after the film. For three years the band treated the Newcastle club scene to a repertoire of ‘50s classics rendered in a high-octane style mixed with their own three-chord rockers.
After Catch 22 ran out of juice, it was a rethink time for Mark. “When I saw the band One Hand One Heart on local TV they blew my mind, They were tight and shiny something was going to happen for them” Hearing that the band needed a singer, Mark approached then and landed the gig.
Picked up by manager Chas Chandler (bassist from The Animals) “Chas was fascinating to work with, “a true music man who brought Jimi Hendrix to the UK”. Years of gigging followed, and then a deal with Epic records. Two singles and an album were released before One Hand One Heart fell apart.
Nor, as anyone whose witnessed this amazing singer live will tell you, does it stop there. Mark went solo and wrote his first hit So In Love With You, this record opened many doors, it led him into the dance world, a new stage name ‘Duke’ and to producers Norman Cook and Full Intention, responsible for the now classic remixes of So In Love With You. It hit the charts first in the Netherlands and then bounced from territory to territory “I will always have a love for Holland where it all began”
One of his most memorable experiences was writing and producing with soul legend Bobby Womack “an experience I will never forget”
Mark signed to various labels including Gary Kurfirst’s label Radioactive/Universal Records (Garbage, Live, Blondie & Talking Heads) “Gary was an amazing guy to work with, a true innovator”.
Mark’s new album Fixing Broken Pieces is a soul/blues based album. A
All songs written, produced, recorded, all vocals & instruments by Mark Adams.
Management: Jacquie Adams - Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Album mastered by Chris Alexander (Full Range Mastering) excluding Wheel Of Fortune (Tube Mastering).
Album design by Filtastar