Born in Jarrow in November 1969, he began playing piano at the age of four and went on to play violin, clarinet and saxophone. He began his adult career playing in covers bands and working men’s clubs around the North East of England. He quickly moved into TV work engineering, programming and producing for shows such as Spender, Crocodile Shoes and The Riff Raff Element. He also produced the second Crocodile Shoes Album. Moving to London in his early twenties, he signed a publishing deal with Andy Heath at Momentum Music. He had his first hit in 1998 with a song called “123” for Dina Carroll. He was then involved in the formative years of Busted co-writing and producing their first album and is largely credited with their unique sound. Signing to Rondor Music in 1999 led to a hugely successful writing career on both sides of the Atlantic, also achieving success in Nashville resulting so far in 6 No1 singles and songs on 17 top 5 US albums.