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|Born||14 October 1947|
West Bromwich, West Midlands, England
|Genres||Heavy metal, blues rock, hard rock|
|Associated acts||Judas Priest, Lion, Simon Lees, Holy Rage, Atkins May Project|
Whilst his time in Judas Priest was relatively brief, Atkins's presence in the band nonetheless left a lasting impact with many of his lyrical contributions still being released many years after his departure. He often wrote with guitarist KK Downing, the two jointly writing songs that would go on to become Priest classics. Also possessing skill on guitar, Atkins and Downing worked to compose guitar parts for songs as well.
Ultimately though, with a wife and young daughter to support and no record deal in sight, Atkins was forced "to get a haircut and a 9-to-5 job" in May 1973.
As of 2012, Atkins fronts the band Atkins/May Project, which also features guitarist Paul May. A press release dated 21 May 2011 stated that Atkins would be contributing session vocals for the heavy metal opera project, Lyraka. In 2013, Atkins recorded a solo album of his favorite songs written between his days in Judas Priest and his Holy Rage days.
- Judgement Day (1990)
- Dreams of Avalon (1991)
- Heavy Thoughts (1994) (released in 2003 with two bonus tracks)
- Victim of Changes (1998)
- Demon Deceiver (2007)
- Demon Deceiver... Plus (re-release with two bonus tracks, 2009)
- Reloaded (re-recorded "best of", featuring Ian Hill, Ralf Scheepers, Roy Z and more special guests, 2017)
- Holy age (2010)
Atkins / May Project
- Serpents Kiss (2011)
- Valley Of Shadows (2012)
- Empire Of Destruction (2014)
- Anthology (compilation, 2015)
Albums (guest sessions)
- Lyraka Volume 2 (not yet released)
- Atkins, Al; Daniels, Neil. Dawn Of The Metal Gods. My life in Judas Priest and Heavy Metal. IronPages Books. p. 10. ISBN 978-3-931624-56-9.
- "Ex-Judas Priest Singer Says Band Could've Sounded Like AC/DC If He Stuck Around". Ultimateclassicrock.com. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
-  Archived 25 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine