Lincs: Legendary singer Paul Carrack has date at the Baths Hall this autumn

Paul Carrack
Paul Carrack

The voice behind a songbook of household hits, Paul Carrack is coming to Scunthorpe Baths Hall this autumn as part of his Best Of.. tour.

An independent, one-man engine room, Paul Carrack has featured on over 60 albums, as well as writing for and performing with legendary names like The Eagles, Diana Ross, Tom Jones, Michael McDonald and Jools Holland among others.

One of the hardest working figures in modern music, he is now celebrating more than five decades in the music business.

The album, The Best Of Paul Carrack follows an epic release schedule from his latest 17th studio album , Rain Or Shine, which boasted four high-end airplay singles including One In A Million and I’m Losing You

The Best of Paul Carrack encapsulates what the man is great at, and that’s delivering and producing soul ballads, pop songs and Northern Soul classics.

Carrack’s recording career began in the 1970s with the bands Warm Dust and Ace.

In the 1980s, he was part of Roxy Music and Squeezer, replacing Jools Holand in the latter, as well as playing with Nick Lowe and appearing as a session player for The Smiths and The Pretenders.

He came to mainstream prominence again when Genesis founder Mike Rutherford recruited him to be part of his new project, Mike and the Mechanics, initially, alternating with Paul Young on lead vocal duties within the band.

Carrack sang lead on their 1985 hit Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground) as well as songs like Over My Shoulder and Another Cup of Coffee.

He also sang the lead on the group’s biggest hit, The Living Years, which was a US number one and UK number two in 1989.

During this time, he was also part of Pink Floyd man Roger Waters’ new band, The Bleeing Heart Band and played with them at the ground-breaking live stage show of The Wall Live in Berlin in front of a crowd of 250,000.

Carrack sang Hey You and was one of the performers on The Tide Is Turning with Waters, Joni Mitchell, Cyndi Lauper, Bryan Adams and Van Morrison.

In 1993, Squeeze had Carrack return for their album Some Fantastic Place and a subsequent tour.

Today, Carrack maintains an active solo career, as well as his career as a session musician and songwriter, touring solo in 2002, mostly opening for bands such as Supertramp.

He also served as the sole lead vocalist for Mike and The Mechanics following the death of Paul Young in 2000.

In 2003 Carrack toured with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band performing his hit songs including How Long?, Tempted and The Living Years.

In 2004 Carrack left the Mechanics following the release of Rewired, their only album with Carrack as sole lead vocalist.

In May 2009 Carrack embarked on a tour of Germany, supported by Canadian artist Brendan Croskerry and in 2010, released the album A Different Hat, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, arranged by David Cullen.

Two years later in 2012, Carrack returned with the soul-inspired album Good Feeling.

In 2012 Carrack was the subject of an hour-long BBC Four television documentary, Paul Carrack: The Man with the Golden Voice.

In March 2013, Carrack helped kick off Eric Clapton’s 50-year anniversary tour, Old Sock, celebrating the 50th year that Clapton had been a professional musician.

Carrack sang lead vocals on Tempted, How Long, and closed the show with High Time We Went.

Paul recently played summer festivals including international dates and a run of shows in Europe and North America playing keyboards in Eric Clapton’s band, who personally invited Paul to join his stellar band and had him as featured vocalist.

Paul kicks off a 60-date UK theatre tour next month and will be at Scunthorpe Baths Hall on Saturday, 8th November at 7.30pm.

Tickets priced £28.50-£38.50 are available now from the box office on 0844 8542776 or online at www. tickets.scunthorpetheatres.co.uk