In 1998, Finley Quaye was the cause célèbre of pop fans throughout the UK. His summery, uplifting version of Bob Marley’s ‘Sunday Shining’ and original song ‘Even After All’ garnered airplay on every major radio station, and a prestigious Brit award soon followed. But the then-hotheaded young talent began to make the news for less prestigious reasons – drink, drugs and rehab being the biggest three. Sick of the press (yes, we’re aware of the irony), he moved to Berlin where he got his head straight, sorted out his act and plotted his return.
And what a return! He’s already digitally launched Pound for Pound EP and its dub version, Sound for Sound, and in 2010 he plans to release a country album (Straight From Country), an R&B album (Hot Rushes) and a roots album (Pinnacle). It seems as though his time in Europe has done him good, but the only way to be sure is to check out his show at Media City on March 11. It will, we’re sure, cover all of this ground and much more – expect a suitably eclectic performance.