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Nick Heyward

1961, Beckenham, London, UK

Creatively ambitious from the start, Nick Heyward began his career as the songwriter and frontman of Haircut 100. Marrying Chic with The Monkees, they rode the post-new-romantic-funk-wave of the early 1980s burning brightly, but briefly. Following four top ten singles and their debut album, Pelican West, going platinum, the band parted ways.

North of a Miracle, Heyward’s first solo album saw him working with The Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick to craft pop landscapes incorporating full orchestra, a jazz band and catchy pop-funk all knitted together with top-flight songwriting. The album went Gold with three top 20 singles, “Take That Situation”, “Blue Hat for a Blue Day”, and “Whistle Down the Wind”, which was featured on the soundtrack to John Hughes’ classic film, Sixteen Candles. 

Continuing to record through the 80s, Heyward found his stride again with 1993’s From Monday to Sunday. Lead single “Kite” took off in the burgeoning alternative scene in the US and had Heyward touring the country with the likes of The Lemonheads and Tony Bennett. The follow-up, Tangled, was more pure power pop and lead to Heyward signing to Creating Records for his final album of the 90s, The Apple Bed.

The critically acclaimed Woodland Echoes, Heyward’s most recent release on his own Gladsome Hawk label in 2017. The next one is on the way with the writing and recording process shared on Patreon.

Work

Featured Work

Nick Heyward

Woodland Echoes
2017

Nick Heyward

The Apple Bed
1998

Nick Heyward

Tangled
1995

From Monday To Sunday

Nick Heyward

From Monday to Sunday
1993

North Of A Miracle

Nick Heyward

North of a Miracle
1983

Haircut 100 - Pelican West

Haircut 100

Pelican West
1982

Timeline

March 1982

Pelican West, Haircut 100’s debut album peaks at No. 2 in the UK Album Chart,  spends 34 weeks in the top 100 and is certifield Platinum.

May-Jun 1983

Nick Heyward’s debut solo album, North of a Miracle, produced by Geoff Emerick, is recorded at Abbey Road Studios.

Jun 1987

A cover of “Jive Talking” by The Bee Gees is released by Boogie Box High, a project including George Michael, Mick Talbot of the Style Council and Nick Heyward.

Jan 1994

“Kite” the lead single off From Monday to Sunday peaks at No. 4 in the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Aug 2017

“Woodland Echoes” reaches No. 4 in the UK Indie Albums chart. The album is rated 82nd in the top rated albums of 2017 by Metacritic.

May 2020

Patreon page is launched to fund the independent release of the follow up to Woodland Echoes