A free spirit was born, Tyrone Lee Needham, in Nottingham on the 19th August 1976. His career has often taken him away from the town he grew up in. Ty, however, keeps in very close touch with his roots and still considers Nottingham to be his true home. From a very early age Ty loved music. To him, it provided a safe place where he could truly be himself and indulge in his one true love. Ty was introduced to a wide variety of musical influences, he shared the joy of Motown with his mother; followed the King Elvis Presley, along with his father, worshiped the King of Pop Mr Michael Jackson (may his soul find the peace and love that so evaded him in life) along with his brother and sister, all of these together with such legendary figures as Dusty Springfield, Whitney Houston and Celine Dion have influenced his unique style of both writing and singing.
Ty was never what you'd call academic, in fact, he had a rather love hate relationship with school. He loved to absolutely hate it. Always having felt slightly apart from the rest of his peer group, he took to entertaining his classmates with his musical talents whilst developing a particularly cutting sense of humour that often saved him from school bullies. That sense of humour and his ability to completely own an audience served him well when on leaving school he followed his dream of a career in music and entered the pub and club scene.
Ty served his musical apprenticeship at the sharp end of entertainment. Then in 1994 opportunity came knocking at his door in the shape of a Nottingham based management company who after hearing him sing had him working on a hit single inside of two weeks. His debut single, Missing you know, released by Jeepstar Music inc. was both a UK chart hit and a UK club hit. Following on from his success, Ty toured the UK with the radio Trent and Nottingham roadshow tour working alongside the likes of Deuce, Clock, Sean Maguire to name but a few. A showcase was well received at Sam Fays in Nottingham where he worked with fellow successful Nottingham artistes such as, Rachel Harris and Wycliff. However, Ty still felt something was missing. He needed the time and space to develop his incredible song writing skills, he needed to really understand the things he wanted to write about, and the only way he knew to do that, was to live those things and write very much from his heart.
Ty broke away from his management company, leaving behind the many TV appearances, including Blue Peter, and having been released from the ropes that had bound his creativity, set about writing his own material that allowed him to develop and perfect his own very unique style as both singer/songwriter. There are many people that have had influenced Ty, but one of the most important is Mark Gamble, who Ty has known and worked with since 1999. A hugely successful artist and producer in his own right, Mark had found success with his own band Krush and also produced a string of hit singles including Don't Go by KWS. Together, Mark and Ty perfected their creative partnership and in 2005 Ty began working on his first completely self written solo album. Tyrone looks back and can clearly see the anger, frustration and his own very real insecurities in that album, which he refers to as his Rebel Album, better known as Highly Inappropriate. The release of this album brought Ty to the attention of Chris, of Locominx inc. Chris was immediately captivated by Ty's natural talent, his writing ability and his very honest approach. Chris encouraged Ty to really explore his own more theatrical side and the King of Trash was concieved.
Over time, and with the help of both Mark and Chris, Ty has finally found himself and is now musically very confident, his excitement and love of his music is infectious, his honesty and humility are evident, he writes and sings from the heart. Mythology is representativeof some of Ty's best work. His newest Album in its final phase of development, brings him into collaboration with life long friend, Tom Emerson, who together have written 7 songs. Stumble On My Words who Ty co-wrote with Steve Bronski, of 80s Bronksi Beat fame also appears on the album. Can't Keep a Diva Down, written by Ty for Lonnie Gordon and Jocelyn Brown can also be found on Mythology. Ty is very much looking forward to the launch of his new album, and believes that Mythology will truly bring the sound of the King of Trash to life
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