Biography

 

Neil Lucas was born in Wiltshire, England, where he has lived all his life. In 1980 he joined a local drama society where he performed in shows and pantomime, which at that early age began to instil in him a love of theatre and the performing arts. Neil went to Upper Avon School where he later studied technical drawing and learnt to play the trombone. During these school years Neil joined a concert band, playing in many concerts throughout England and also touring in Germany.

 

From an early age he began to enjoy music, and showed a natural aptitude for performing and composing which has been his constant motivation from schooldays to the present day. It was not until 1994 that Neil concentrated on his solo work such as his singles What’s the Point and Frustration. By this time he was performing in many shows in England. He also performed his solo singles at an International Queen Convention at Southport. The interest in these songs led to them being featured in their official magazine, which has a world-wide circulation, and through this people could purchase the singles.

 

Neil has always had a love of opera and ballet, and after his singles What’s the Point and Frustration he turned his attention to composing and recording a ten track opera album. For this he teamed up with soprano singer Liz Ferrie after hearing her perform at a recital. The result of this very successful collaboration was the album Forever, which included tracks sung in Japanese and Spanish; Neil always likes the oriental style to be incorporated in his music. This album was released in the spring of 1997 through Virgin Records.

 

His next album Illusion was of a popular style, and was released in the spring of 1999 by Virgin Records. In that year Neil auditioned for Stars in Their Eyes and he got into the last two hundred out of sixty-six thousand. Also he filmed a video single entitled Freddie from his latest album. The video had eleven scene and costume changes depicting various Queen sets. Ian Lee from Not the 11 0 'clock News interviewed Neil together with a preview of his video on a Channel 4 TV show Comedy Lab. Ian liked Neil's music and played it on his evening shows on London's X FM radio station.

 

Neil's two previous albums were recorded in Dorset with co-arranger Martin Condon. While working on these he had been frequenting his second home Montreux in Switzerland and through this his next single Cocktail Train was recorded there. Neil always felt inspired to be working in such delightful surroundings, and each visit there saw him in a creative partnership with his co-arranger and friend Bernard Amaudruz. With all this in mind and with the success of Cocktail Train Neil decided to record the majority of his forthcoming album in Switzerland.

 

In 2001 Neil directed and staged a musical extravaganza The Music of Our Lives. This saw him working once again with Liz Ferrie, along with other professional soloists, an orchestra from the Guildhall, London and the Stagecoach Choir. Neil's latest single Cocktail Train was also performed by Neil and released at the one off West End style show.

 

In 2002 Neil was busy in the studio working on his forthcoming album; he also had a guest appearance at a Christmas Party for the local authority in Salisbury, where he performed a couple of Queen songs with a live band.

 

Neil’s next album Play was recorded between 2000 & 2003 at a very leisurely pace and was released in 2004. Neil particularly likes this album as co-producer Berni put a French/Swiss twist to the whole album which Neil found most refreshing. It also kept his strong connection with Montreux where he stayed throughout the entire recordings.

 

In 2005 Neil concentrated on an interest of his which was designing Objets d'art. Through this he formed The Fine Jewelled Egg Company. To this day the business is a great success with Neil commissioning jewelled items all around the world to discerning customers.

 

During 2006 & 2007 Neil sang Tenor in Fiona Clarke's choir performing Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man: a Mass for Peace with Karl Jenkins conducting. These shows were staged in the Millennium Centre, Cardiff and Salisbury Cathedral. Also during his time with the choir Neil performed in Covent Garden & The Royal Albert Hall, London.  

 

In 2008 & 2009 Neil went on vacation to Pikes Hotel, Ibiza. Pikes is a unique boutique hotel where over the years has seen many famous stars staying there; including Grace Jones, Freddie Mercury and Kylie Minogue. It was also where 'Wham' filmed their video to their hit Club Tropicana in 1984. Neil found this inspiring for him then to film a video for his latest track and first ever cover song All By Myself. This single was released in the spring of 2009.  

 

In 2013 all of Neil's previous albums were remastered and released on iTunes (except Forever which is available to buy directly from this website). 

 

After nearly a ten year break from writing music, 2017 sees Lucas working back in Lodge Studios and Active Music Studios with his close friend Martin on his forth studio album. This is due to be released in the spring of 2018. Lucas is also working with his dear pianist friend James on an instrumental album of all the favorite tracks from his work to date including some from the forthcoming Album. To run alongside this The Collection was released in June 2017. This is a 16 track album of all the original released recordings of the favorite tracks of Lucas which includes two tracks from his forthcoming Album- This was released under Neil Lucas Productions. In 2017 he decided to just call himself 'Lucas'.

 

 

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