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Lee Latchford Evans
Written by Lee Latchford Evans
Born in Chester 28th January 1975...
My first taste of the stage was playing King Herod in the infant school’s Nativity play. I remember this because I came home crying to my parents that I didn’t want to kill Jesus - I was about 5-years-old at the time! Through junior school I performed in many musicals such as 'Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' and 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory'.
I then lost interest in musicals and got more into physical sports; karate, swimming, basketball and started living every young boy’s dream by playing football in a Sunday league team. We trained twice weekly and played every week. It was fantastic and somehow I became captain of every team I played for and was asked to try out for then 1st division team Wimbledon. (Must be something to do with my big mouth!)
Well, my big mouth led me back onto the stage to play Danny Zuko in the school’s production of 'Grease'. This was a joke audition which the school goalkeeper and I decided to do for a laugh. (funny how things go in life...)
And, this is where it all started - I got the bug. I loved performing, being a character, singing on stage and feeling that live reaction from an audience. I told every teacher, "that’s what I want to do".
And that’s what I did do - I then went on to work with the Royal Shakespeare Company and trained for 5 years in musical theatre, dance, drama and stage management.
This lead me on to a little band called 'STEPS' - you may have heard of them! For those of you that haven’t, we sold over 12 million records worldwide, won numerous awards (including a Brit) and became one of the biggest touring bands the UK has ever seen.
I had 5 wonderful years travelling and seeing the world, meeting lots of amazing people and learning about this crazy new life that I have. I now know and understand a lot more than I did, which brings me to today - now - my website; my life and the true, real me.
The solo music I make now is more rock than pop and my influences for this are really the songs I’ve grown up with, plus the music I like to listen to today. From Duran Duran, Bon jovi and U2, to The Calling , No Doubt and Maroon 5.
I write my songs from the heart about experiences I’ve had or ones I think people can relate to. To me, there’s nothing more satisfying than creating a song from a blank piece of paper and having people tell you they think it’s great or it’s touched them in some way.