Hucknall performing in 2009
|Birth name||Michael James Hucknall|
8 June 1960|
Michael James Hucknall (born 8 June 1960) is an English singer and songwriter. Hucknall achieved international fame in the 1980s as the lead singer and songwriter of the soul-influenced pop band Simply Red, with whom he enjoyed a 25-year career and sold over 50 million albums. Hucknall has been described as "one of the truly great blue-eyed soul singers".
Hucknall, born at St Mary's Hospital, Manchester, was an only child. His mother abandoned the family when he was three; the upheaval caused by this event inspired him to write "Holding Back the Years", which would become one of Simply Red's biggest and best-known hits. He was brought up by his father, Reginald (1935–2009), a barber in Stockport. He attended Audenshaw School. It would not be until the mid-1990s that he would finally reconnect with his mother, Maureen, who was by then living in Dallas. As of a 2008 interview, he had only seen her on two occasions since she first abandoned the family.
Hucknall was among the people present at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester in June 1976 where the Sex Pistols were playing. His interest in the music scene led to the launch of his career in the late 1970s, when he was part of the formation of the band Frantic Elevators.
The Frantic Elevators released four singles, including a version of "Holding Back the Years", which he later recorded with Simply Red.
As lead singer and core member of Simply Red, he became the identifiable face of the band. His face and long curly red hair were featured prominently on album artwork and in videos.
Hucknall is also one of the founders and financial backers of the successful reggae label Blood and Fire. He also manages the record label simplyred.com.
In October 2009, Mick appeared at a charity performance as vocalist for a re-formed version of Faces, replacing Rod Stewart. In May 2010, it was announced that the new Faces line-up with Mick as frontman would be performing festival shows in 2010, followed by a world tour in 2011. In October 2011, Hucknall was awarded with a BASCA Gold Badge award in recognition of his contribution to music.
In October 2012, he released American Soul, a collection of his favourite music re-recorded with his vocals. During a series of interviews promoting the American Soul album, Hucknall revealed that he has also been working on an album of original material, to be released after American Soul has reached the end of its life cycle.
Hucknall is active in politics and is a prominent celebrity supporter of the UK Labour Party. In 1997, he declared his support for the Labour Party at that year's general election – which it won by a landslide under the leadership of Tony Blair to return to government after 18 years in opposition. In 1998 Hucknall was named in a list of those who donated more than £5,000 to the party. In 2003, Hucknall backed Tony Blair's stance on Operation Iraqi Freedom, claiming he had "more respect for Blair than ever" and pointed out that British critics of the war were lucky to be living in a country where they could express their opinions. However, he claimed in 2008 that his conscience prevented him from donating to the party again because of the war, although he would still vote for them.
Hucknall and his partner, Gabriella Wesberry, had a daughter, Romy True Hucknall, in June 2007. Hucknall and Wesberry married in 2010, at the 16th-century Forter Castle in Glenisla, Perthshire, Scotland. He spends a considerable amount of time in Ireland, where he purchased the Glenmore Estate near the village of Cloghan, County Donegal, with bandmate Chris De Margary. Hucknall and De Margary are keen fishermen, and operate a fishing and hunting tourism business from the estate. In March 2014, Hucknall settled the hunting and fishing rights lawsuit, ongoing for 5 years, with a neighbour in Ireland. As the case opened in 2009, Judge O'Hagan had instructed both sides to go away and talk about reaching an agreement or else it would drag on for years.
He co-owns Ask Property Development, a company that constructs city squares and public buildings.
|2008||Tribute to Bobby
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2008||"Poverty"||—||Tribute to Bobby|
|"Farther Up the Road"||—|
|2011||"Happy This Christmas"||—||Non-album single|
|2012||"That's How Strong My Love Is"||118||American Soul|
In 1986, he provided backup vocals for the musical film Little Shop of Horrors.
|1999||"Ain't That a Lot of Love"||Reload (with Simply Red and Tom Jones)|
|2002||"T-Bone Shuffle"||Jools Holland's Big Band Rhythm & Blues|
|2012||"I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)"||Jools Holland And His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra – The Golden Age Of Song|
|1997||"Someday in my Life"||Leggera (Mina)|
|2012||"One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)"||Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International|
|2015||"Streets of Arklow"||Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue (Van Morrison)|
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