Leo Sayer www.leosayer.com
Born Gerard Hugh Sayer at Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England, singer and songwriter Leo Sayer is celebrating 31 years at the top of his profession.
After a brief career as a graphic designer, his first chart success came in 1973 with the song writing of Roger Daltrey (of The Who) ’s first solo album, “Daltrey”, featuring the U.S. and U.K. hit song “Giving It all Away”.
With the guidance of writing partner David Courtney and manager Adam Faith, Leo followed this up with his first solo album on Warner Brothers in the U.S.A. and Chrysalis Records for the rest of the world.
Produced by Faith and Courtney, “Silverbird” featured the hit song “The Show Must Go On” with Leo famously appearing on stage dressed as a white faced and white costumed Pierrot.
”The Show Must Go On” was also a chart topper for Three Dog Night in the U.S.A. and his second album “Just A Boy” was released a year later, featuring international hits: “One Man Band” and “Long Tall Glasses” and “Train”.
By this time, Leo’s success had reached around the globe and he toured extensively to sell out crowds in the U.S.A. as well as in Europe, the Far East and Australia.
In 1975 “Moonlighting” continued the trend, and then Leo hit the really big time with 1976’s platinum selling “Endless Flight”, the album boasting two international number 1 hits, the U.S. Grammy winning “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” and his classic “When I Need You”.
Further chart success came from ten more chart albums, featuring hits as diverse and unique as “More Than I Can Say’, “Thunder In My Heart”, “I Can’t Stop Loving You”, “Easy To Love”, “Have You Ever Been In Love” and “Orchard Road”.
In fact, Leo has had 20 worldwide top ten hits during his career, many of these self penned, and is still entertaining audiences around the world with an amazing live show featuring his truly original songs and that uniquely powerful and recognisable voice.
In 2004 he played live concerts in the USA, Britain, Europe and the Baltic States and he finished a new studio album: “Voice In My Head”.
In 2005 Leo released Voice In My Head throughout Europe. In June he received permanent resident status in Australia and moved from London to Sydney. He is currently awaiting Citizenship status in Australia.
He also released the Voice In My Head album in Australia on the First Edition label on ABC Music distributed by Warner Music.
At the release of the album in July Leo toured Australia playing large theatres in the capital cities.
He has also been in great demand on the corporate circuit in Australia with some clients saying he created the best event they have ever had.
Leo’s new stage show has been receiving standing ovations every night. He still delivers one of the most energised performances in the world with a show that documents his history and includes all of his smash hit songs plus a sample from his new album Voice In My Head.
Leo has put together a band of musicians that is arguably the finest line up of musical talent in Australia. The rhythm section is made up of Mark Kennedy (Ayres Rock, Marcia Hines, Men At Work, Renee Geyer, Kevin Borich) on Drums and Harry Brus (Australian Crawl, Renee Geyer, Kevin Borich plus everyone else of any note) on Bass Guitar.
The keyboard section of the band is handles by Alan Mansfield (Robert Palmer, Bette Midler, Pat Benetar, Dragon) and on a second keyboard is Sharon O’Neill who also does backing vocals. Sharon biggest solo hit was Maxine.
The horn section comprises of John Kirk on Trumpet and Flugal Horn and Ross Middleton on Sax and Flute. Both John and Ross toured the world with INXS in the 80’s. Leo’s band is rounded out with the inclusion of guitar virtuoso Paul Berton (Russell Crowe, Renee Geyer, Looking Through A Glass Onion).
In 2006 Leo has toured Australia, E ngland, Asia, Belgium, Germany. The year started with the re-mix of “Thunder In My Heart” going number one in England and top ten around Europe and Australia.
ABC Music has released a Special Limited Edition of the ‘Voice In My Head’ album that will include a bonus disc of 12 live tracks which are all of Leo’s biggest hits from the 70’s and 80’s recorded live in Melbourne during his 2005 tour.
Leo Sayer is a pop music legend who continues to deliver a world class show night after night.