Simon Ellis (record producer)

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Simon Ellis
Simon Ellis in 2008
Simon Ellis in 2008
Background information
Birth nameSimon Peter Ellis
Born (1961-05-18) 18 May 1961 (age 61)
Bradford, England
GenresPop, synthpop
Occupation(s)Songwriter, record producer, musical director
Years active1987–present
Member ofEllis, Beggs & Howard

Simon Peter Ellis (born 18 May 1961) is an English songwriter, producer and musical director who has worked with the Spice Girls, Britney Spears, Westlife, S Club 7, East 17, and music mogul Simon Fuller.[1] He co-wrote and produced the S Club 7 hits "Don't Stop Movin'", "Two in a Million", "Never Had a Dream Come True" and "Alive". "Don't Stop Movin'" won the ITV record of the year award in 2001[2] and the Brit Award for Best British Single 2002.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, Simon lived with his mother and brother in his early years. Growing up he attended Swaine House School followed by Hanson School, before he then went on to study at Bradford Art School and Preston Art School where he graduated with a BA Honours in Graphic Design.

Simon harboured another passion besides Graphic Design. He was talented musically and taught himself to play piano from the age of 15. In the mid-80s Simon made the move to London to pursue a career in graphic design, but it was fate that intervened and he fell into the world of music.

Simon now resides in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire with his wife and co-writer of hits from his past and present catalogue, and two adult children.[4]


Early career[edit]

In 1988, Simon co-formed Ellis, Beggs & Howard. Supported by their debut album Homelands, the band had success across mainland Europe where their music sold in considerable numbers, gaining a modicum of success in the continent. Although the album failed to ignite the public consciousness in the UK, it was their distinctive sounding first single, 'Big Bubbles, No Troubles', which broached the UK charts, peaking at Number 41.[5] The band split around 1990 during the sessions for a second album.

After the split, Simon continued trying to make a living in music for three years, meeting his future wife, Johanne along the way, who was soon expecting their first child.

In 1994, Simon took up his first musical director job with the band D:Ream, who had hits such as 'Things Can Only Get Better' and 'U R The Best Thing'. He toured with them for a couple of years until he then went to join East 17 as part of their live band on promotional tours.

Work with Spice Girls[edit]

In 1997, Ellis got his major break as a musical director when was head hunted by Simon Fuller for the then new project, The Spice Girls. Fuller brought Ellis into the world of 19 Management and gave him the job as the girls musical director. Ellis made numerous TV appearances with the girls, and was the mastermind behind all of their concerts and world tours through to 2019. Due to commitments with the band Westlife in the summer of 2019, Simon didn't MD the Spice World – 2019 Tour.[citation needed]

Work with S Club 7[edit]

The producer has had a long-standing collaboration with English band, S Club 7, dating back to the late 1990s. This artistic partnership resulted in him co-writing and producing three top five UK singles, including two no.1's.[6] He has toured with the band on all of their live concerts tours as the musical director.

Work with Britney Spears[edit]

During 2009, Ellis was appointed the role of Musical Director for Britney Spears's The Circus Starring Britney Spears, consequently leading on to 2011 when he once again was asked to MD for Spears' Femme Fatale Tour.[7]

Work with Westlife[edit]

In 2019 Simon reunited with Westlife who he's worked with on two of their past concert tours − Where We Are Tour (2010) & Gravity Tour (2011), and was appointed the musical director for their come back 2019 The Twenty Tour. This continued into 2020 for which Simon was their MD and keyboard player for the Stadiums in the Summer Tour.

Simon continues to write and produce music for new and already established artists, and is actively working as a Musical Director.

Concert tours[edit]

Simon has been involved as the musical director, mixer and/or keyboard player in all of the following concert tours, gigs and TV appearances:

Britney Spears[edit]

Emma Bunton[edit]

Spice Girls[edit]

S Club 7[edit]

  • S Club Party (2001–02)
  • Carnival Tour (2002)
  • S Club United Tour with S Club Juniors (2003)
  • Bring It All Back (2015)
  • S Club 7 Reunited (2023)


Awards and nominations[edit]

ITV Record of the Year[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2001 "Don't Stop Movin'" The Record of the Year Won

Brit Award[8][edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2002 "Don't Stop Movin'" Best British Single – Writer & Producer Won

The Ivor Novello Awards[9][edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2001 "Never Had a Dream Come True" Best Song Musically and Lyrically Nominated


  1. ^ "News | Simon Ellis Music". Simon Ellis | Producer, Songwriter & Music Director. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Simon Ellis S Club Interview". 8 December 2017. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  3. ^ "History". BRIT Awards. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Simon Ellis Linkedin". Linkedin. 25 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Austin Howard". UK Vibe. 29 July 2015. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Simon Ellis is a Producer based in London, United Kingdom". StarNow. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  7. ^ Artist Relations (14 May 2009), Simon Ellis musical director for Britney Spears Circus Tour on Nord, archived from the original on 21 December 2021, retrieved 19 August 2018
  8. ^ "Brit Awards 2002 Winners". BBC News | Brit Awards 2002. 20 February 2002.
  9. ^ "Ivor Novello Awards 2001". Ivor Novello Awards 2001. 29 July 2018.

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