Doo-wop to old-school cool with million-selling group, The Overtones


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The Overtones have sold over a million albums and their timeless appeal, stunning vocal harmonies and charm, guarantees a night out to remember when they perform live.

With their innate charm and adherence to vintage-modernist style, and a devotion to the timeless appeal of male vocal harmonies, The Overtones are a bridge between pre-rock’n’roll classicism and lively 21st Century entertainment. They’ve sold over a million albums, made countless TV appearances and filled venues to capacity on tour after tour. The boys have had five top 10 albums and nine sold out UK tours and we can’t wait until they return to Potters Resort on Sunday 12th July 2020.

The boys are always so lovely and happy to chat with their fans when they perform at Potters. As ‘Toner’ fans will know, the incredibly talented Timmy Matley died in April 2018 and a tree was planted in memory of him at Potters.

While we know Mark, Mike and Darren very well, Jay James joined the band in 2019 and actually made one of his first performances with the group right here on the Atlas Theatre stage. A former Royal Navy serviceman, Jay had enjoyed a varied recording career working with the likes of Booker T Jones, John Legend, Naughty Boy and the Jonas Brothers, before rising to prominence on the X Factor, coming eighth in series 11. Since then Jay has continued to record music and perform as well as becoming an established broadcaster. 

The first song to be recorded with the new line up was Earth Wind & Fire’s September, which sounds amazing! Speaking about joining The Overtones Jay said: “I’ve known the boys and been a fan for many years now and it has always been clear what they were all about - making great, timeless music, putting on incredible shows and enjoying life! Over the years that has never changed. I’ve been blessed to support them on a number of occasions, and I've witnessed the joy they bring and felt the warmth of some of the best fans I’ve ever met. To now join the group is absolute magic and I cannot wait to stand beside Darren, Mike & Mark in creating some more brilliant nights and continuing to make people smile, sing and dance for many moons to come!”


Read on to discover some more facts on the group…

  • The vocal harmony group was discovered by Warner Bros Records talent scout while working as decorators in a shop near Oxford Street, singing during their tea break. He invited them to audition for Warner Music executives, where the quintet impressed the record company enough to earn a five-album deal and the label "the Take That of doo wop." 
  • They were originally in a band called DYYCE, which reformed as Lexi Joe, before later becoming The Overtones
  • The first album by The Overtones has a number of original tracks written by the band, including their first single Gambling Man, the title track Good Ol' Fashioned Love and Carolyn
  • The Overtones returned with their second album, Higher, in 2012, following it with the film-themed Saturday Night at the Movies in 2013. Featuring three new songs in addition to ten classic soul tunes, Sweet Soul Music was released in early 2015 and became the group's fourth album to hit the U.K. Top Ten. The all-covers LP Good Ol' Fashioned Christmas arrived later that year.
  • On 13 March 2011, they were the house band for week 10 on the ITV show Dancing on Ice
  • Mark played the part of a Durmstrang boy in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire!