Robin Gibb could listen to him sing all day and said he had an ideal recording voice, Ozzy Ozbourne thought his voice was the dogs bollocks and from his strong fanbase commonly known as Ali's army emerged the 4th most popular fansite on the world wide web. These are just a few reasons why Alistair Griffin is a singer/songwriter who will stand the test of time.
Alistair Richard Griffin was born on 1st of November 1977 in Middlesborough, he was brought up in the small village of Castleton in North Yorkshire. His keen interest in music was developed while studying at York St John University, where Alistair attained a BA(Hons) in History and English Literature. His spare time at University was taken up by busking in the streets of York, along with a short stint working as a milkman.
Even Alistair's early career showed signs of greatness when in 2001 while a member of the band 'Sugartown', he performed in front of 70,000 people at the Leeds Party in the Park, he also had a song for Europe shortlisted in 2002. Alistair then briefly spent time with a band called Ultra and worked in Germany with DJ Sammy.
While still signed by music publisher Trevor Horn's company, "Perfect Songs", he applied to become a contestant on the second series of Fame Academy in 2003. Obviously Alistair won a position on the show with a massive public vote. Even a reality show couldn't keep such a tremendous artist down and he was championed by guest judge Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, he won every singing competition for his self penned songs and took second place with yet another massive public vote.
Alistair's career continued to go from strength to strength when he signed a record deal with UMTV and released his first single, "Bring It On" a double A-side also featuring 'My Lover's Prayer', a duet with Robin Gibb. This was followed up by several tv appearances on programmes such as liquid news, daytime tv and the single was voted #1 for 6 consecutive weeks on the music TV channel 'The Box', culminating in Alistair fulfilling a life long dream with an appearance on Top Of The Pops. So it was no surprise when the single leapt into the top 5 of the UK Singles Chart On January 9, 2004.
There was no holding such a talent back by now and in 2004 Alistair also released his debut album of mostly self penned songs, also titled Bring It On. This was met with the same success and reached the top 20 in the UK album charts. His second single, You and Me (Tonight) also reached the top 20. By now it was obvious that Alistair was no one hit wonder but in fact an artist who was constantly evolving with his music, so he parted with UMTV to pursue other directions in his career.
In 2004 Alistair continued to perform live up and down the uk, showing signs of a new direction by performing both acoustically and with a backing band.
In the autumn, he supported Robin Gibb on his 'Magnet' tour of Germany, opening each concert with an acoustic set of his own songs, playing guitar and accompanied on keyboards by long-time friend and fellow musician, Simon Waggott, as well as joining Robin Gibb on stage to duet on 'My Lover's Prayer'. On his return he released an independent recording of his live performances in Germany, which he showcased at a series of sell-out concerts.
While taking some time out from working on his next album Alistair never forgot to give back. Thinking of others he has performed at several charity events ranging from The Missing Miles concert at the Clapham Grand London for the national missing persons hotline and he played tennis and also performed in Sir Cliff Richard's pro/celebrity Tennis Tournament, to the Macmillan Cancer care charity evening held at the Riverside Stadium, home of his beloved football team Middlesbrough, to name but a few of the charity events Alistair has performed at over the years.
Never one to relax Alistair is still working away on new material and the future is looking bright with lots of exciting stuff to come, so thank you for joining us and for your continued support on this musical journey of such a talented and unique artist.