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Gary Hughes in 2011
|Birth name||Gary Hughes|
|Born||5 July 1967|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, musician|
|Instruments||guitars, electric bass, piano, keyboards, programming|
|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, England) 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 and more recently on Serpentine's third studio album Circle Of Knives. He has also produced 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 1995, Hughes and 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 lead to the formation of the melodic Hard Rock band Ten.
Between The Robe and Spellbound albums, Gary Hughes released his third solo album named Precious Ones. Precious Ones 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 vocals of Bob Catley, Lana Lane, Doogie White, Danny Vaughn, Sean Harris and others.
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 his 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. The follow-up album to the highly acclaimed Albion, Isla De Muerta, was released on the 20th of May via Rocktopia Records, with the band's first EP in 16 years entitled The Dragon And Saint George, following on the 4th of September. Gary Hughes is currently working on a new Rock Opera project, in the vein of 2003's Once And Future King albums.
- Big Bad Wolf (1989)
- Strength of Heart (1992)
- Gary Hughes (1992)
- Precious Ones (1998)
- In Your Eyes EP (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)
- Albion (2014)
- Isla De Muerta (2015)
- The Dragon And Saint George EP (2015)
- Never Say Goodbye (1998)
- Hugo (1997)
- The Journey (1999)
- Shine On (1999)
- Ayreonauts Only (2000)
- Circle Of Knives (2015)