Britain’s number one vocal harmony group, The Overtones, have sold over a million records and had five Top 5 albums. Ahead of their appearance at Potters this July, we’ve put together a profile on them…
Originally working as decorators, the five-piece were first discovered by a Warners Brothers talent scout as they worked in a shop near Oxford Street. They were singing Billy Joel’s doo-wop classic The Longest Time in their tea-break and the rest is history.
Since breaking through in 2010 with their debut Good Ol’ Fashioned Love album, which sold over 500,000 copies, the quintet has established their reputation as an act with the unique ability to deliver uplifting music infused with exquisite vocal harmonies, and reboot classic sounds. Their first album showcased a series of both original pop songs and classic 50s and 60s covers, and their first single Gambling Man was written by the boys. They have also received acclaim with subsequent albums Higher, Saturday Night at the Movies and Sweet Soul Music. Their timeless appeal mixes doo-wop, Motown and modern day R&B and pop, and they are getting back in the studio in 2017 to record a brand new album.
- Timmy Matley is from Cork, Ireland. He got into performing arts at the age of 14, and at 16 came to London to audition for a performing arts school. Timmy left Ireland when he was 17, went travelling and then came back and got involved with songwriting and singing. He is the lead singer of the band, and sometimes joins the middle harmonies. He loves meerkats and knits in his spare time.
- Mark Franks is from Greater Manchester and attended the Royal Ballet School from age 11 to 16. He was a professional dancer for 10 years before joining The Overtones. Mark has a passion for remixing music, and has released some of his fabulous 1980s remixes under his "DJ Rescue Rangerz" name on Soundcloud. He is very keen on all things 1980s and is a big Back To The Future fan. He sings the middle harmony sections in their songs.
- Lachie Chapman comes from New South Wales, Australia. He left Australia on his 25th birthday, and came to England in the hope of becoming an actor. He is the bass singer. In early 2016, Lachie appeared in Channel 4 comedy series Crashing.
- Mike Crawshaw comes from Bristol. From an early age, Mike wanted to go into football and athletics. He got into singing at college and sings the middle harmonies of the groups. His favourite song is Superstition by Stevie Wonder.
- Darren Everest is the Essex boy. Originally he wanted to go into football, but stopped when he got ill with glandular fever, and went into singing and discovered his love for it. Darren is the falsetto voice of the band, and owns around 64 ties and bowties.
Here’s some facts about the boys…
- The boys were originally in a band called DYYCE, which then reformed as Lexi Joe, which formed the basis of The Overtones. The four original members, Mark Franks, Mike Crawshaw, Darren Everest and Timmy Matley, had been performing for several years before forming a five-piece
- In 2011 they appeared as the house band for Dancing on Ice and on Britain’s Got More Talent
- Timmy was in Fame the Musical in the West End many years ago
- Mark played the part of a Durmstrang boy in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Their loyal army of fans is called The Toners
- Timmy won the celebrity Children in Need version of the Great British Sewing Bee
- The Overtones have enjoyed a succession of major achievements, including performing in front of 250,000 people at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert, appearing at the Festival of Remembrance and selling out tours
- They boys are always uploading songs and covers on their YouTube channel. Look at how easy they make it just singing at home, and covering Beauty and the Beast…
See the first-class act perform live, and get ready to marvel at the talent and charm of Mark, Lachie, Mike, Darren and Timmy as the boys return by popular demand to headline a One Night Break on Sunday 9th July 2017.
We asked Mike Crawshaw from the band what is the best thing about performing at Potters and he said: “We love a Potters crowd which is why we come back time and time again. Both us and the crowd are simply going to have a great time.”