Bradley and Stewart James
Songwriter and record producers brothers Bradley & Stewart James began their music business careers at the very young ages of 10 and 9. After singing with an amateur concert party and performing in civic halls and theatres around London in the early seventies they were discovered by legendary record producer Larry Page, producer of The Kinks and The Troggs. Page realised the potential of an act that could be hailed as 'Britain's answer to The Osmonds' and signed Bradley and Stewart on the spot. In 1973 at the age of 12 and 11 respectively, Bradley and Stewart under the name of The James Boys recorded their first single entitled Over & Over on Page's Penny Farthing Records label. The single was a minor hit in the UK reaching No.39 in the charts, however at that time Page's roster of artists were having much success internationally due to Page's first class overseas affiliates and consequently The James Boys were an overnight success with the single being a top ten hit in Germany, Spain, Scandinavia and the Far East, earning the two brothers gold discs with sales in excess of 1,000,000 copies worldwide. Capitalising on their initial success, Bradley and Stewart spent the next three years touring overseas and recording two albums. They also appeared on many European TV shows with stars of the day including Suzi Quatro, Gary Glitter and Julio Iglesias, whilst in contrast back in their native UK they were the youngest act to ever appear on the BBC's old time musical TV show The Good Old Days. During this period Bradley and Stewart continued developing their talents on drums, guitars and keyboards whilst taking advice from some of the top artists they were performing with that they should be writing songs. Although they loved performing they were even more enamoured with writing and being in the recording studio. By the time they had both left school in 1978 they had signed an exclusive five year publishing deal with Lew Grade's ATV Music. This benefited the then teenage brothers because they were able to learn their craft as songwriters whilst being given free rein in the recording studio to demo their own songs. During the 1980's Bradley and Stewart as writers, musicians, arrangers and producers collaborated with many artists including Barbara Dickson, Paul Young, Imagination, Amii Stewart, Limahl, Marti Webb, The Nolans and even penned the official song for the 1986 England World Cup Football Squad. Most notably they wrote and produced the UK's best selling single of 1986 and No.1 record 'Every Loser Wins' recorded by Nick Berry. The single sold 1.1m records and earned Bradley and Stewart Ivor Novello awards which led to them being signed by the current Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Lucian Grainge to a five year publishing contract. During the 1990's the two brothers began to turn their attention to the lucrative TV marketing arena. Working with the special marketing divisions of the major record companies they began producing albums with TV celebrities, most notably actor Ian McShane's 1992 gold selling album 'From Both Sides Now'. During this period Bradley and Stewart had their best success by combining their talents as writers, producers, musicians and vocalists with their unique concept brands of TV advertised instrumental moods and relaxation music. In 1995 their platinum selling album 'Sax Moods' reached No. 6 in the UK artist album chart. Following this the brothers had a further four top 20 albums between 1996 and 2000 in the UK including 'Raindance', a fusion of ambient sounds and Native American chants (No.15 UK chart) and their most successful concept to date 'Voices of Tranquility' (No.16 UK chart) which has sold in excess of 1.5m copies worldwide. More recently Bradley and Stewart have looked to develop new talent and have produced albums in the classical genre. This has given them the opportunity to personally score and conduct for The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Due to the popularity of the Voices of Tranquility series of albums they have also composed music for the US primetime CBS TV shows CSI Miami & CSI New York. Bradley and Stewart have also written 'Did Your Mama Tell You (How To Rock & Roll)' for the hit West End musical 'Dreamboats & Petticoats'. Bradley & Stewart/Stab Productions Ltd are also exclusive managers of The Mariachis, the band that feature in the Doritos TV ad's.