|Birth name||Anthony Michael Mortimer|
21 October 1970 |
Stepney, London, England
|Origin||Walthamstow, London, England|
|Genres||Pop, dance-pop, Europop, hip hop, R&B|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, rapper, songwriter and composer|
|Instruments||Vocals, piano, rapping|
FOD Records (2011–)
|Associated acts||East 17 (1991-1997, 2006, 2010-2014)|
Anthony Michael "Tony" Mortimer (born 21 October 1970 in Stepney, London) is an English singer, rapper, songwriter and composer. He is best known as a member of the boy band East 17, who were originally active from 1991 to 1997 and sold over 20 million records worldwide. Mortimer is also the writer of the band's only number-one single, "Stay Another Day".
Mortimer was a member of the 1990s boy band East 17, with whom he had seven UK Top 10 singles and four hit albums between 1992 and 1997. He turned to songwriting when the group disbanded in 1997, in the wake of fellow member Brian Harvey's controversial comments about ecstasy. In 1998, Mortimer's East 17 bandmates briefly reformed the group without him, and released two singles as E17. They disbanded again the following year.
In 2010, it was announced that East 17 would be reforming as a three piece (minus former lead singer, Brian Harvey) and that the band was seeking a new lead. In 2011, Blair Dreelan was announced as a new band member and the new lead singer. One single was released from the album Recharged, before Dreelan left the band due to a contractual obligation not to contribute to East 17, while he was still connected with his previous musical group.
"Secret of My Life" was released but the album was scrapped and a newly recorded album, Dark Light was released in 2012, with Mortimer in place as the lead vocalist. The group toured Europe throughout 2011 and in early 2012. In June 2012 they returned to Australia for the first time in over 15 years. Two singles were released from Dark Light; "I Can't Get You Off my Mind" and "Friday Night", whilst a third single, "Counting Clouds", is due for release in July 2012.
Mortimer has also managed bands, including girl group Urban Angel, whose members included Roxanne Pallett, who wrote some of the group's songs. The band broke up after Pallett won a role in ITV soap opera Emmerdale.
Mortimer appeared on Never Mind the Buzzcocks in Season 19 on Episode 3. He competed in the BBC's Winter Wipeout series in March 2012 and finished second, ahead of former Coronation Street star Steven Arnold, but behind the winner Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards.
17 June 2013 he released his debut solo album Songs from the Suitcase.
In early 2014, Mortimer departed from East 17 to focus more on his solo career.
- Songs From The Suitcase (2013)
- N Toxyc 8 (2006)
- We Will Stand (With Fighters Forever) (2010)
- Shake It Down (2013)
- Rain In England (With Julian Lennon) (2013)
- Stay Another Day (2013)
- "Essex at 20: Tony Mortimer". BBC. 28 December 2006. Retrieved 18 February 2010.
- "60 SECONDS: Tony Mortimer". Metro. 26 May 2006. Retrieved 18 February 2010.
- Danielle Lawler (4 September 2005). "BULLIES BEAT ME UP, SET MY HAIR ON FIRE AND CALLED ME A N***** YET". Sunday Mirror. Retrieved 15 July 2010.
- "Fod Welcomes Tony Mortimer As A Solo Artist " Fod Recordsfod Records". Fodrecords.com. Retrieved 27 June 2013.