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12 January 1963 |
Hammersmith, London, England
|Occupation(s)||Musician, record producer, songwriter,|
|Associated acts||Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, The Wanted, Example, Marlon Roudette, James Blunt, Katy B, Rufus Wainwright, Tina Turner, Caro Emerald, Miles Kane, Sophie Hunter, Katie Melua|
Guy Antony Chambers (born 12 January 1963, Hammersmith, London) is an English songwriter, musician and record producer, best known for his work with Robbie Williams. He has been a part of 52 Gold/Platinum certified albums (UK and US) including 15 (UK) number 1 albums, and 22 (UK) Top 10 singles including 18 (UK) number 1 singles.
Chambers wrote music from an early age and had performed in London when he was just 11. When he was 15, Chambers composed and performed in a rock opera for his school in Liverpool. From 18, he studied composition and piano at the Guildhall School of Music, London, winning the composition prize in 1985. While at the Guildhall, Chambers started to record his own songs and performed with a band called 'The Burmoe Brothers' releasing their first single, featuring Marc Almond "Skin" on Some Bizarre Records in 1984. After graduating, he toured as a keyboard player with, among others, Julian Cope and The Waterboys before joining World Party in 1986. He co-wrote, with Karl Wallinger, on the band's most successful album: Bang!. He appeared on The Mission's Carved in Sand, providing the orchestral arrangement and keyboards for the song "Grapes of Wrath" and was producer for the short-lived group Stress with their eponymous debut album.
In 1992 Chambers formed his own band The Lemon Trees and wrote, produced and performed with them until they disbanded in 1995. The band only released one album, though a second one was completed but not released because the record company didn't like it. Following the end of The Lemon Trees, Chambers spent time writing successfully with Cathy Dennis and others until an opportune meeting facilitated by music industry veteran Paul Curran with Robbie Williams in January 1997.
Collaboration with Robbie Williams
Chambers collaborated as songwriter, producer and musical director on Robbie Williams' first five solo albums, which all reached number 1 in the United Kingdom and have globally sold over 40 million records to date. He also collaborated with Williams' latest album Swings Both Ways, which became the 1000th number 1 album in the UK, and Williams' 11 number 1 album, equalling Elvis Presley.
For his work with Williams, Chambers won three BRITS, three Ivor Novello awards, a Q classic Songwriter award, MTV Video Music Award for Best Special Effects (for "Rock DJ") and an MMF best produced record award for I've Been Expecting You.
In November 2012 Guy and Robbie Williams are reunited onstage for Robbie's sell-out shows at the 02. This marked a very special moment for the songwriting duo as they haven't performed on a stage together for ten years.
Chambers and Williams are currently writing and recording songs for the next studio album.
2015 - Chambers and Williams hit the road for the Let Me Entertain You Tour The tour began in Spain and is travelling through Europe and Asia reaching Australia in October. They will also be playing at festivals throughout the summer.
2014 - Chambers & Williams toured Swings Both Ways covering Europe, Asia and Australia.
Chambers co-wrote/produced Under the Radar Volume 1 comprising demos, B-sides and rarities. It was released exclusively through Williams' website on 1 December.
2013 - Swings Both Ways becomes the 1000th number 1 in the UK. Williams has now had 11 number 1 albums, equalling Elvis Presley. If you include his number 1s with Take That, he has been in pole position 15 times – the same as The Beatles.
Swings Both Ways release was announced by Williams in September 2013. It was released in the UK by Island Records on 18 November. The album features cover versions of well known songs, as well as six new tracks written by Williams and Guy Chambers, who also produced the album. Swings Both Ways also features duets between Williams and Lily Allen, Michael Bublé, Kelly Clarkson, Olly Murs and Rufus Wainwright.
2013 - Chambers collaborates with Maverick Sabre in his new West London studio on new material for the artist.
Chambers works on new material with Rufus Wainwright.
2012 - Guy Chambers, Steve Rotheram MP and Kenny Dalglish called a press conference in the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 25 October to announce the release of the charity single "He Ain't Heavy ... He's My Brother" – a cover of the Hollies classic which aims to raise funds – and seek justice for – the Hillsborough families who lost 96 loved ones in the historic football disaster of 1989. Artists who have already pledged their support and will feature on the single include: Paul McCartney, Mick Jones, Robbie Williams, Paloma Faith, Beverley Knight, Pete Wylie, Holly Johnson, Dave McCabe, Ren Harvieu, Paul Heaton, Hollie Cook, Jon McClure, John Power, Gerry Marsden, Rebecca Ferguson, Paul Heaton, Shane MacGowan, Melanie C with many more. Speaking the press conference Guy said: '"I am deeply honoured to be asked to produce this record for the 96. If we can help to raise money to support the families’ legal battle so that they finally get their time in court then our job will be done. I spent my teenage years in Liverpool and feel a deep affection for both its musical heritage and the unique solidarity of its people."' The single was released on 17 December will all proceeds going to the families. The single was 2012's Christmas No. 1.
Chambers teams up with English singer/rapper Example co-writing the song "Microphone" which featured on Example's number 1 album, Playing in the Shadows. In the same year, Chambers worked with Marlon Roudette in which he produced and co-wrote Roudette's single "New Age". The track was initially in released in Germany for radio airplay in July 2011 and then officially released the next month. It went on to become number 1 in the German singles charts the week of its release and remained at the top of the charts for 8 consecutive weeks. The single was certified Platinum in Germany and Switzerland, and Gold in Austria.
A track Guy had written with Julian Lennon entitled "Never Let You Go" was released on Lennon's comeback album Everything Changes.
Chambers collaborated with BBC2 for two three-part programmes: Goldie's Band: By Royal Appointment airing in April and Secrets of a Pop Song which aired throughout July. Both series' displayed Chamber's songwriting talent and ability to share his experience with others. Goldie's Band… saw Chambers acting as a musical mentor to a group of disadvantaged, young musicians, put together by Goldie, and ultimately leading the group to a performance in Buckingham Palace. Several of the artists discovered on this program that have gone on to have wider success include singer/songwriters Kwabs and Natalie Duncan and harmonica-virtuoso Will Pound. The series Secrets of a Pop Song explored the process of successful songwriting, collaborating with artists to write a new song each week – a ballad, an anthem and a breakthrough single – with a variety of celebrated musical contributors divulging the secrets of the trade along the way. Through the series, Chambers worked alongside Mark Ronson to create a breakthrough single, acclaimed singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright to create a ballad, and British band Noisettes to compose an anthem. Guy & Rufus' World War III features on the digital version of Rufus' latest album Out of the Game.
2010 - Chambers begins working on the single "World Behind My Wall" released by pop/rock band, Tokio Hotel, who embarked on a large European tour, picking up MTV Best Group and NRJ Best International Band Awards. Chambers also co-wrote Tokio Hotel's track, "Pain of Love" which featured on their album, Humanoid. Katie Melua's album The House, released 24 May 2010, included five co-written songs for her new album produced by William Orbit. Tracks include "I'd Like To Kill You", "The Flood" (first single), "A Happy Place", "A Moment of Madness" and "Tiny Alien"
2009 - Chambers works with Beverley Knight, co-writing the song "100%", also the name of her album.
Chambers teams up with Christophe Willem on his second record Cafeine, co-writes with Matt Hales from Aqualung on the single "Heartbox" and with Cathy Dennis on "Sensitized", a duet with Kylie Minogue, for Cathy's solo record, due out in 2009.[dated info]
From 2010, Chambers created a monthly live-music experience, 'The Orgasmatron' was at The Monarch on Chalk Farm Road. The Orgasmatron celebrates a wide variety of live acts and musical genres picked by Chambers himself, to present the music he knows including big names, rising stars, DJs and dancers. Those previously involved in the ongoing project included Mark Ronson, Paloma Faith, Beverley Knight, Example, Goldie, William Orbit, Gary Kemp and the Noisettes.
Advocacy and charity work
In December 2012, Guy Chambers, Steve Rotheram MP and Kenny Dalglish released the charity single "He Ain't Heavy ... He's My Brother" – a cover of the Hollies classic which helped raise public awareness and the funding needed for the various charities associated with the Hillsborough families in their pursuit of justice and subsequent inquests into the deaths of 96 loved ones who lost their lives in the historic football disaster of 1989.
Artists featured on the single included: Paul McCartney, Mick Jones, Robbie Williams, Paloma Faith, Beverley Knight, Pete Wylie, Holly Johnson, Dave McCabe, Ren Harvieu, Paul Heaton, Hollie Cook, Jon McClure, John Power, Gerry Marsden, Rebecca Ferguson, Paul Heaton, Shane MacGowan, Melanie C as well as many others. All proceeds went to the families affected by the tragedy.
The single was released on 17 December 2012 and went on to take the coveted Christmas number one position for 2012 on the UK Singles Chart, beating The X Factor winner James Arthur, who was number one the previous week, and a host of social network campaigns supporting novelty acts such as Eddie Stobart Truckers and the One Pound Fish Man.
At the press conference in October 2012 Guy said: "I am deeply honoured to be asked to produce this record for the 96. If we can help to raise money to support the families’ legal battle so that they finally get their time in court then our job will be done. I spent my teenage years in Liverpool and feel a deep affection for both its musical heritage and the unique solidarity of its people."
Chambers and Mick Jones went on to be presented with Honorary Scouser awards by Liverpool Lord Mayor Cllr Sharon Sullivan.
As well as working on the Justice Collective single, Chambers is a supporter of many charities including:
- Roundhouse (Ambassador)
- Southbank Centre
- Teenage Cancer Trust
- Unicorn Theatre (Honorary Patron)
The Lemon Trees discography
- Open Book (Oxygen Records/MCA Records – 1993)
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- 34 Gold / platinum certified albums [UK & US]
- 22 top 10 singles
- Six No.1 singles
- 12 No.1 albums
Tracks featured on the following albums:
- What A Man (2012) "New Age" – Marlon Roudette
- Arthur (2011) "Can't Buy You" – Mark Ronson & Daniel Merriweather
- Kinky Boots (2005)
- Fantastic Four (2005) "Always Come Back To You" – Ryan Cabrera
- Love Actually (2003) "I'll See It Through" – Texas
- Finding Nemo (2003) "Beyond The Sea" Robbie Williams
- Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) "Have You Met Miss Jones?", "Not of This Earth" – Robbie Williams
- A Knight's Tale (2001) "We Are the Champions" Robbie Williams
- Bend It Like Beckham (2002) "Dream The Dream" Shaznay Lewis
- Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels (1998) "Man Machine" Robbie Williams
- Nobody Someday (2002) "Nobody Someday" Robbie Williams
- Mean Machine (2001) "Let Me Entertain You" Robbie Williams
- Julian Cope – "Sunspots" (Fried 1984)
- Julian Cope – "Sunshine Playroom" (World Shut Your Mouth 1984)
- Three Ivor Novello Awards
- Three BRIT Awards
- Q Classic Songwriter Award
- MMF Best Produced Record Award
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- "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories | Politics". theguardian.com. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-26.
- Roberts, David. Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums. Guinness World Records Ltd 18th edition (May 2005), p. 608 ISBN 1-904994-00-8
- Audio interview with Guy Chambers on the Sodajerker On Songwriting podcast
- Guy Chambers discography at Discogs