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Gary Hughes in 2011
|Birth name||Gary Mark Hughes|
|Born||5 July 1967|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, musician|
|Instruments||guitars, electric bass, piano, keyboards|
|Years active||1989 – present|
Now and Then
|Associated acts||Ten, Bob Catley, Magnum, Ayreon|
|Website||TEN Official Website|
Gary Hughes (born 5 July 1967, Manchester) is an English hard rock singer, songwriter and musician. Apart from his work as a solo artist, Gary Hughes is the front man and main songwriter of Hard Rock/Melodic Rock band Ten. He has also worked as a producer and songwriter for Bob Catley's first three solo albums, as well as Hugo's first album and has appeared on Vinny Burns' The Journey solo album and on the Ayreonauts Only album by the band Ayreon.
His musical career started in 1989 when Hughes released his first album, Big Bad Wolf (renamed and re-released with extra tracks in 1992 as Strength of Heart) through the Polygram Oslo label in Germany and Norway. In 1992 Hughes signed with the then newly formed Now & Then Records and his forthcoming self titled album was the first one released on that label.
In 1995, Hughes, joined by former Dare members Vinny Burns on guitar and Greg Morgan on drums begun working on what were to be his 3rd and 4th solo albums. The sessions quickly turned into more of a band situation and Ten was formed.
Between The Robe and Spellbound albums, Gary Hughes released his third solo album named Precious Ones. Precious Ones showcased a mellower side to the singer/songwriter's already multi-dimensional songwriting approach and met with critical acclaim especially in Japan. In 2002 he undertook his most ambitious project yet; the two-album wide Rock Opera named "Once And Future King" that was based on King Arthur's myths and legends. The albums were released six months apart from each other and featured the vocal talents of many well-known musicians like Bob Catley, Lana Lane, Doogie White, Danny Vaughn and Sean Harris, among many others.
Despite his obligations for his band and his solo career, Gary Hughes wrote and produced Bob Catley's first three solo albums, as well as Hugo's first solo release. Though he has been leading a band for over a decade, he continues to release solo albums as well as working as a songwriter, producer and musician for other artists. His latest release was the 2007 solo album named Veritas which saw a return to the vocalist's AOR/Melodic Rock roots, following the Once And Future King project.
In September 2012 Gary Hughes announced on his personal Facebook page that he will be producing and co-writing the new studio album of the band Serpentine. He is also working on the follow up Ten album to Heresy and Creed.
- Big Bad Wolf (1989)
- Strength of Heart (1992)
- Gary Hughes (1992)
- Precious Ones (1998)
- Once and Future King Part I (2003)
- Once and Future King Part II (2003)
- Veritas (2007)
Studio albums and EP's
- Ten (1996)
- The Name of the Rose (1996)
- The Name of the Rose EP (1996)
- The Robe (1997)
- The Robe EP (1997)
- You're In My Heart EP (1997)
- Spellbound (1999)
- Fear the Force EP (1999)
- Babylon (2000)
- Far Beyond the World (2001)
- Return to Evermore 2004)
- The Essential Collection 1995-2005 (2005)
- The Twilight Chronicles (2006)
- Stormwarning (2011)
- Heresy and Creed (2012)
- Never Say Goodbye (1998)
- Hugo (1997)
- The Journey (1999)
- Shine On (1999)
- Ayreonauts Only (2000)