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Paul Hardcastle (born 10 December 1957, London, England) is an English composer, musician, and multi-instrumentalist. Although he specializes in the synthesizer, he can also play multiple instruments.
In the early 1980s, Hardcastle played the keyboards on several singles on the Oval record label by the dance music groups Direct Drive and First Light, before going solo.

He achieved some acclaim for his early singles, notably in 1984, the electro-funk/freestyle/instrumental track, “Rain Forest”, which along with the track “Sound Chaser”, hit number two on the dance chart. “Rain Forest” also hit number five on the soul chart and number fifty-seven on the Hot 100. In 1985, he came to greater prominence with the international hit “19”, a song about America’s involvement in the Vietnam War and the effect it had on the soldiers who served, using sampled dialogue from an American television documentary about the post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by veterans. Producer Simon Fuller named his company ’19 Management’ after the song, and the two are known to collaborate.

d trainHardcastle enjoyed several further hits in the UK, including “Don’t Waste My Time” (with vocals by Carol Kenyon) (UK No. 8) and “The Wizard”, a UK No. 15 hit that became the theme tune for BBC Television’s music chart show Top of the Pops from April 1986 until September 1991. He also had a hit with “Just for Money”, which reached No. 19 in the UK and featured Bob Hoskins and Laurence Olivier. Earlier, he had cut a cover version of D-Train’s most influential hit “You’re the One For Me”, segued with his own compositions “Daybreak” and “A.M.” Hardcastle also wrote the theme tune for Saturday Live, a popular entertainment show which ran from 1985–1987.

He also made the hit single “The Voyager”, which was used for the BBC One programme Holiday.

After 1986, Hardcastle started to specialise in television soundtracks and remixed work, for artists as such as Five Star, Barry White, Third World, Sinitta, Johnny Logan, Hiroshima and Ian Dury. His piece “The Shuffle” was included in the soundtrack of the movie When the Wind Blows.

In 1988, Hardcastle released the concept album, No Winners, which focuses on the potential negative effects of the Cold War arms race. In 2000, he released Hardcastle III, which included a remake of “Rain Forest” and a hit single, “Desire”.

Hardcastle has also recorded several synth jazz albums, alternating releases under the pseudonyms Kiss The Sky (with Jaki Graham) and The Jazzmasters, as well as under his real name Paul Hardcastle. Working regularly with vocalists such as Helen Rogers, Becki Biggins and Margo LeDuc, Hardcastle has recruited several saxophonists including Gary Barnacle (on the first album), Snake Davis, Phil Todd, Tony Woods and Rock Hendricks. All these albums have been played on smooth jazz radio in the United States, where some of the most played tracks include “Northern Lights”, “Lost in Space”, “Desire”, “Shine”, and “Serene”. He won the Billboard Smooth Jazz Artist Of The Year award in 2008.

2010’s The Jazzmasters VI track “Touch and Go”, featuring his son Paul Jr. on saxophone, reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Jazz songs chart, becoming his tenth number one on the Smooth Jazz chart in total.

His album, Hardcastle VI, released in September 2011, features yet another remake of “Rain Forest”—this time mixed with R&B legend Marvin Gaye’s signature song, “What’s Going On”.

In February 2014, Hardcastle was appointed Chairman of NUA Entertainment which was founded by one of the UK’s top businessmen, Neil Utley and his wife, Nicky.

D-Train:

James Nelson Williams (born January 21, 1962), known by the moniker D Train, is an American singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, producer and actor. He rose to fame in the early 1980’s with the release of his first album “You’re the One for Me” (working with songwriter/producer Hubert Eaves III initially as a duo), which spawned his first US Billboard Dance chart number-one hit, “You’re the One for Me”. His debut album (under the Prelude Records label) would also chart with the hits “Keep On” and the much covered Burt Bacharach hit “Walk on By”. He would go on to work with Eaves producing hits on the follow-up albums Music and Something’s On Your Mind before the duo disbanded. He then ventured forth as a solo artist, retaining the D Train name and was signed to Columbia Records, producing more hit singles on the albums Miracles of the Heart and In Your Eyes as well as producing additional albums under his own label, including 701 Franklin Ave..

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As a songwriter, D Train has written for numerous artists, including Patti Austin, George Duke, Carl Anderson, John P. Key and Vanessa Bell Armstrong. He has lent his voice on songs for artists such as Michael Jackson, Elton John, Carrie Underwood and Mary J. Blige among others as well as numerous television and film soundtracks. He also hosted “The D Train Show” for many years on Sirius XM Radio and has enjoyed great success as one of the leading jingle vocalists in the industry.

D Train has a wide vocal range and his artistic influences include Rock, R&B, Soul, Dance, House, Blues, Gospel, Contemporary Christian Music and Native American Music. His music has been influenced by Nat King Cole, Paul Robeson, The Jackson Five, Tony Bennett, Mario Lanzo, Billy Epstein, Al Green, Bobby Womack, Mel Tormé and Carl Anderson.

 

 

 

 

 

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