Music for Nations
Rock Candy (reissue)
Riff City (2009–present)
|Associated acts||Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Romeo's Daughter are a British AOR mainstream rock band featuring Leigh Matty, Craig Joiner and Anthony Mitman. The band released two albums in 1988 and 1993 respectively. The band then reformed in 2009 and have toured extensively, as well as releasing new material: a live EP of past hits and an album of new material Rapture in 2012.
The manager of the band was Olga Lange, then the wife of Robert John "Mutt" Lange. Mutt Lange was impressed by their song-writing abilities and agreed to produce (part of) their debut album. Hence, Romeo's Daughter was often seen as protégés of Mutt Lange.
The first album contained the singles "Don't Break My Heart", "I Cry Myself to Sleep at Night", covered by Bonnie Tyler and Chrissy Steele and "Heaven in the Back Seat", the latter from the A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child soundtrack. The album was produced by Mutt Lange and John Parr. "Wild Child" (written by Mutt Lange) was later covered by Heart on the Brigade album, and "Heaven in the Back Seat" was covered by Eddie Money on his 1991 album, Right Here.
The second album, Delectable was a more mature affair, although it was released on the smaller Music for Nations label so got less exposure. Mitman went on to work with FM and other bands while the band quietly broke up in the mid 1990s.
On 25 February 2008, Romeo's Daughter's first studio album was reissued by Rock Candy Records on CD with bonus material, a 16-page full colour booklet with original and new artwork, etc. After this reissue Romeo's Daughter reformed and are performing shows. These appearances included a small warm up gig on 13 October 2009, and their main event of 2009 was Firefest VI at Nottingham Rock City on 24 October 2009.
In 2009 the band announced that they would be releasing new material through Riff City Records in the 'near future'. The band played some dates during Summer 2010 and performed new material. The band's second album, Delectable, was reissued in July 2011.
On 22 October 2011, Romeo's Daughter released a 3 Track live EP available via download sites such as iTunes. In March 2012 the band released their first new album in 19 years, Rapture and during 2012 they performed more live tour dates. In 2012, lead singer, Leigh Matty, was voted Number 5 Lady Rock Singer of all time in Classic Rock Magazine and their single 'Bittersweet' was in the 'Top songs of 2012' chart. During 2013 the band toured the UK and performed at festivals including Fairport's Cropredy Convention and Hard Rock Hell.
A live album and DVD filmed live at Derby Guildhall and released in 2014. In 2015 the band released another album of new music titled Spin. Romeo's Daughter are managed by Juliet Sharman Matthews at JPSM Management who worked with them at Jive Records.
- Leigh Matty - lead and backing vocals
- Craig Joiner - guitar, backing vocals
- Anthony Mitman - keyboards, backing vocals
On the second album they were joined by:
- Ed Poole - bass, backing vocals
- Andy Wells - drums, backing vocals
In 2013, Jeff Knowler took over from Anthony Mitman on keyboards.
- "Don't Break My Heart" (1988)
- "I Cry Myself to Sleep at Night" (1988)
- "Heaven in the Back Seat" (1989)
- "Attracted to the Animal" (1993)
- "Bittersweet" (2012)
- "Alive" (2013)
- Live EP (2011)
- Alive (2014)
Contributions to Soundtracks
- A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child Soundtrack (1989)