Andrew Roachford

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Andrew Roachford
Andrew Roachford.jpg
Roachford performing with Mike + The Mechanics
Background information
Birth name Andrew Roachford
Born (1965-01-22) 22 January 1965 (age 53)
London, England
Genres Pop rock, R&B, soul
Occupation(s) Musician, singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, keyboards, keytar, percussion
Years active 1987–present
Labels Columbia Records
Associated acts Mike + The Mechanics

Andrew Roachford (born 22 January 1965) is a British singer-songwriter and the main force behind the band Roachford, who scored their first success in 1989 with the hits "Cuddly Toy" and "Family Man". He has also had a successful solo career.

Early life and career[edit]

Andrew Roachford was born in London. The band was formed in 1987, the line-up featuring Andrew Roachford (born 22 January 1965, vocals, keyboards, percussion), Chris Taylor (born 26 November 1964, drums), Hawi Gondwe (born 30 July 1964, guitars) and Derrick Taylor (born 13 January 1965, bass guitar). By 1988 the band were touring, supporting acts such as Terence Trent D'Arby and The Christians. Shortly afterward, a seven-album recording contract with Columbia was signed. They went on to have a string of success throughout the 1990s, becoming Columbia's biggest-selling UK act for ten years.[1]

Roachford released his first solo album, Heart of the Matter, in 2003. His next album Word of Mouth was released in June 2005 under the band name Roachford. In 2010, Roachford joined Mike + The Mechanics along with Tim Howar. The following year the album The Road was released featuring Roachford and Howar as lead vocalists.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
UK
[2][3]
AUS
[4]
AUT
[5]
GER
[6]
NZ
[7]
SWE
[8]
SWI
[9]
US
[10]
1988 Roachford
  • Released: 12 July 1988
  • Label: CBS
11 48 109
1991 Get Ready!
  • Released: 1991
  • Label: Columbia
20 36 49
1994 Permanent Shade of Blue 25 2 52 11
1997 Feel
  • Released: 29 September 1997
  • Label: Columbia
19 61 47 37 50
2000 The Roachford Files
  • Released: 9 October 2000
  • Label: Columbia
88 100
2003 Heart of the Matter
  • Released: 4 August 2003
  • Label: Absolute
  • Released under the artist name Andrew Roachford
2005 The Very Best of Roachford
  • Released: 30 May 2005
  • Label: Columbia
Word of Mouth
  • Released: 27 June 2005
  • Label: Peppermint Jam/SPV
88
2011 Where I Stand
  • Released: 10 April 2011
  • Label: M3 Records
Addictive
  • Released: September 2011
  • Label: M3 Records
2013 This Beautiful Moment
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: M3 Records
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK
[2][3]
AUS
[4]
AUT
[5]
FRA
[11]
GER
[12]
IRE
[13]
NED
[14]
NZ
[7]
SWI
[15]
US
[16]
1988 "Family Man" Roachford
"Cuddly Toy" 61 73
"Find Me Another Love" 100
1989 "Cuddly Toy" (re-release) 4 49 7 17 25
"Family Man" (re-release) 25 18
"Kathleen" 43
1991 "Get Ready!" 22 35 43 Get Ready!
"Stone City" 58
"Innocent Eyes"
"Higher"
1994 "Only to Be with You" 21 18 57 44 24 Permanent Shade of Blue
"Lay Your Love on Me" 36 26 55 7
"This Generation" 38 53 60 32
"Cry For Me" 46
1995 "I Know You Don't Love Me" 42
1997 "The Way I Feel" 20 91 46 Feel
1998 "How Could I? (Insecurity)" 34
"Naked Without You" 53 71
"Ain't No Stopping Us Now" (MOBO Allstars)+ 47
1999 "Walk Away" (PF Project feat. Roachford)
2000 "From Now On" 90 The Roachford Files
2001 "Run Baby Run" (Bustafunk feat. Roachford) 11 60 Bustafunk (Bustafunk album)
2003 "The Pressure" Heart of the Matter
2004 "Pop Muzak" (Mousse T. with Roachford) 14 19 73 Word of Mouth
2005 "River of Love" 85
"Tomorrow"
2007 "Ride The Storm" (Roachford & M.Y.N.C. Project)
"Ride The Storm" (Remix)
(Carl Kennedy vs M.Y.N.C Project feat. Roachford)
2010 "Survive" (Laurent Wolf feat Andrew Roachford) 9 Harmony (Laurent Wolf album)
2011 "Wishing You Knew" Addictive
"Complicated"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biography Roachford.co.uk. Retrieved 5 November 2009.
  2. ^ a b UK chart peaks:
  3. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 465. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ a b Australian (ARIA Chart) peaks:
  5. ^ a b "austriancharts.at > Roachford in der Österreichischen Hitparade" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  6. ^ German albums chart peaks:
  7. ^ a b "charts.org.nz > Roachford in New Zealand Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  8. ^ "swedishcharts.com > Roachford in Swedish Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  9. ^ "hitparade.ch > Suche nach: Roachford (alben)" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  10. ^ "Billboard > Artists / Roachford > Chart History > Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  11. ^ "lescharts.com > Roachford dans les Charts Français" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  12. ^ German singles chart peaks:
  13. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know > Search results for Roachford (from irishcharts.ie)". Imgur.com (original source published by Fireball Media). Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  14. ^ "dutchcharts.nl > Roachford in Dutch Charts" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  15. ^ "hitparade.ch > Suche nach: Roachford (songs)" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  16. ^ "Billboard > Artists / Roachford > Chart History > The Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 

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