Era-defining songs. Ten million records sold. Twenty-five years’ music-making. Five Top Ten singles, four Top Ten albums. Chart-busting success in the UK, across Europe and in the Far East, Australia and New Zealand. A glorious singing voice that stopped the world in its tracks. And now with Blue Sky in Your Head, after a gap of 18 years, they return to the classic songwriting and lushly produced sounds that made them an instantly recognisable sensation…
Lighthouse Family: one of the biggest, not to mention omnipresent, British bands of the mid-late Nineties.
Their first single, Lifted, was one of the defining songs of the era, an uplifting pop-soul classic that was inescapable on radio, becoming the soundtrack of high street Britain, drivetime Britain and night-out Britain. Three further hit singles followed: Ocean Drive, Loving Every Minute and Goodbye Heartbreak.
Together they helped the Newcastle-based duo of singer Baiyewu and keyboardist Tucker sell 2.75m copies of their debut album Ocean Drive – an album released in 1995, the high watermark of Britpop. By the end of 1997 – 154 weeks later – it was still in the album charts, going six-times platinum.
Messages of hope and uplift. Sentiments of community and communion. Songs of love and connection. Tunes to sing, loudly, from the heart.
It can only be Lighthouse Family, back to dream up the magic all over again.