BLAKE Mixing eclectic classical and pop songs with rich harmony vocals, classical ‘boyband’ Blake launched their first album in 2007, just 6 months after reuniting as friends on Facebook. Stephen Bowman,Ollie,Humphrey Berney,Jules Knight are the four main members of BLAKE.
The public embraced their debut album immediately, with over 100,000 copies being sold in just three weeks and earning the group their first Gold Disc. The music industry followed in early 2008, when the album received the prestigious Brit-Award for Album of the Year, a huge honour for a group still less than a year old.
During this success their upbeat version of ‘Swing Low’ was chosen as the Official Anthem of England Rugby for the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Later on the sporting theme continued as they performed a rousing rendition of their 1492 Conquest of Paradise during the opening ceremony at Wimbledon. The group have gone on to perform regularly at Wembley Stadium for major national and international football matches, and at other famous stadiums around the globe. In 2008 their highly anticipated 2nd album, And So It Goes was released and went straight in at number 12 in the UK pop charts and Number 1 in several classical charts around the world. This album captured the hearts of a devoted and fast growing fan base of all ages. The album featured alternative cover versions from a wide variety of highly acclaimed modern artists such as Snow Patrol and Katie Melua, whilst still showing off their classical skills for rich harmony. The album was produced by Steven Lipson, who had previously created Platinum records for Annie Lennox, Westlife and Will Young.
During 2008 and 2009, the band undertook triumphant promotional tours of Australia and Japan, bringing their unique brand of music and Britishness to a global audience. They even had time to stop off at the Melbourne Cup and perform live to over 150,000 spectators and a further 100 million televison viewers worldwide.
After an unusual encounter with Kiera Knightley during the making of their first album, the band has gone on to collect a legion of celebrity fans, including Will Smith, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and even Dame Shirley Bassey, who celebrated her $1Million 70th birthday party, with the Blake boys giving a very special performance.
2010 continued to be an exciting year for Blake. With their original track, Beautiful Earth being selected by the World Wildlife Fund as its Earth Hour Anthem. They were invited to turn ‘off’ the lights across London from Trafalgar Square, to support the campaign to stop energy wastage. In 2010, their 3rd album, ‘Together’ was at Number 1 in the Australian Classical charts for 4 weeks and at Number 1 in the South Africa Classical Charts during the World Cup.
During summer 2010, the band were invited twice to Buckingham Palace to perform for royalty, starting press speculation that the band could be asked to sing at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, old friends of Jules and Ollie.
The band finished up 2010 with a 30 date UK-wide tour, performing to over 50,000 people across the British Isles. ‘An Evening With Blake’ was a sell out tour with fans travelling far and wide to see the group live.
With over half a million albums sold, and having performed on nearly 100 TV shows around the world, Blake continue to build their reputation as one of the most eclectic and exciting pop-classical groups in the world.
Looking ahead through 2011, the band have already agreed tours in Scandinavia, Australia, China, Canada and the United States, along with a 40 date tour in the U.K.. Their eagerly awaited 4th album is expected for release in the UK in the autumn and the boys have already started working on what is widely expected to be the biggest and best album yet.