Brian Harvey

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Brian Harvey
Harvey performing in 2007
Harvey performing in 2007
Background information
Birth nameBrian Lee Harvey
Born (1974-08-08) 8 August 1974 (age 46)
OriginLondon, United Kingdom
GenresPop, R&B
Occupation(s)Singer
Years active1991-present
Associated actsEast 17, Cryptik Soul
Websitebrianharveyofficial.com

Brian Lee Harvey (born 8 August 1974) is a British singer from London. He was the lead singer of pop band East 17, later renamed E-17. The later incarnation had two top 20 singles on the UK Singles Chart between 1998 and 1999, with the album Resurrection peaking within the top 50 of the UK Albums Chart. After leaving E-17, Harvey signed a record deal with Edel Records and had two singles released in 2001, "Straight Up (No Bends)" and "Loving You (Ole Ole Ole)".

Career[edit]

Harvey's vocal style emulated R&B and new jack swing vocalists from the United States. His vocals put him into a position of the group's frontman, or main member, which was shared with the group's creator, songwriter, instrumentalist, rapper and singer Tony Mortimer.

In 1997, Harvey was sacked from East 17 after making comments in a radio interview that appeared to condone the use of the drug ecstasy, causing an uproar in the press and the matter being raised in the Parliament of the United Kingdom.[1] Mortimer left East 17 several months later. Harvey eventually rejoined the group under the rebranded name of E-17.[2]

As E-17, the group had two top 20 singles on the UK Singles Chart between 1998 and 1999, with the album Resurrection reaching the UK Top 50.

In 2000, Harvey collaborated with True Steppers with the song "True Step Tonight" featuring Donell Jones, which peaked at number 26 on the UK Singles Chart.

After E-17, he signed a record deal with Edel Records and had two singles released in 2001, "Straight Up (No Bends)" (No. 26 UK) and "Loving You (Ole Ole Ole)" (No. 20 UK).

In 2004, Harvey appeared in the fourth series of "I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!". Harvey walked out of the jungle after six days, before being voted off by the public.[3]

On 17 March 2007, Harvey performed a song entitled "I Can" for Making Your Mind Up, the United Kingdom's national final for the Eurovision Song Contest. The song was written by singer Conner Reeves. Harvey was eliminated after the first round of voting and the eventual winners were Scooch.[4]

In 2014, he released a new single, "Invisible".

In 2019, Harvey was making music with rapper Cryptik Soul. He was featured in the songs "A Ghetto Luv Story" and "Bang 'Em Up" on Cryptik Soul's album Killer's Blood. The album was supported by the singles "Come & Save Me" and "Bang 'Em Up".

Personal life[edit]

Harvey was married to dancer Natasha Carnegie with whom he has a daughter named Teigan.[5]

On 12 December 2001, he required reconstructive surgery after being attacked with a knife in a club car park in Nottingham.[2] In May 2005, after being diagnosed with clinical depression, Harvey was hospitalised after an alleged suicide attempt.[2] On 31 May 2005, he was re-admitted to hospital in a critical condition after falling under the wheels of his car.[6][7]

In March of 2019, Brian Harvey was arrested on suspicion of sending malicious tweets through his Twitter account after being taken to the hospital.[8][9]


Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

East 17[edit]

E-17[edit]

  • 1998 – Resurrecton

Solo[edit]

  • 2001: Solo

Singles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barry Legg (16 January 1997). "Prime Minister's Questions". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). United Kingdom: House of Commons. col. 450. What is his reaction to the comments made today by Brian Harvey of East 17, who says that Ecstasy makes people feel better and that he takes up to 12 tablets a day?
    Nigel Evans (16 January 1997). "Business of the House". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). United Kingdom: House of Commons. col. 463. Brian Harvey and East 17 are idolised by many thousands of youngsters, some as young as 12. All the campaigning that has been done by voluntary bodies and others may now be jeopardised by the fact that Brian Harvey has come up with those stupid remarks.
    Barry Legg (17 January 1997). "Public Entertainments Licences (Drug Misuse) Bill". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). United Kingdom: House of Commons. col. 526. We heard some dreadful remarks from Mr. Brian Harvey of East 17. [...] However, there was also a promising sign yesterday. I spoke to a 12-year-old schoolgirl in my constituency, who said that she would be taking down the posters of East 17. [...] Incidentally, I was pleased yesterday to note that many radio stations and record companies said that they would ban the music of East 17.
  2. ^ a b c "Life of troubled pop star Harvey". bbc.co.uk. 1 June 2005. Retrieved 31 December 2009.
  3. ^ Busk-Cowley, Mark (2014). I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!: The Inside Story. Bantam Press. pp. 142, 218. ISBN 978-0593073483.
  4. ^ "Brian-harvey.net". Archived from the original on 4 July 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 January 2020. Retrieved 26 January 2020.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Singer wakes briefly after crash". Bbc.co.uk. 1 June 2005. Retrieved 31 December 2009.
  7. ^ "Singer Harvey hopes to walk again". BBC News. 8 August 2005. Retrieved 31 December 2009.
  8. ^ "East 17's Harvey arrested over tweets". BBC News. 23 November 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  9. ^ "East 17's Brian Harvey arrested and taken to hospital after worrisome video". The Telegraph. 22 March 2019. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  10. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 568. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  11. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 245. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.