The most successful black recording star in Britain is back with his new album ‘Here You Are’. Grammy, Brit and Mobo award winning Billy Ocean has sold over 30 million records in his lifetime and has collected a pile of Gold and Platinum records across the world. Having hit the number one spot worldwide on pop charts including the USA, Australia, Germany, Holland and the UK, Billy has achieved extraordinary success as both an artist and a songwriter.
This 10 track album presents songs which have influenced Billy over his musical career including tracks such as ‘No Woman, No Cry’ by the legend Bob Marley, ‘You Send Me’ by Otis Reading and ‘It Was A Very Good Year’ by Frank Sinatra. His reggae infused soulful voice is as strong and distinctive as it was when he struck worldwide success back in the 1970s. Billy had his first break when he signed to GTO records, for whom his second single was the Motown-ish ‘Love Really Hurts Without You’, which reached No. 2 in the UK charts and No. 12 in the US. Two top twenty singles followed; ‘Love on Delivery’ and ‘Stop Me’, then ‘Red Light Spells Danger’ became a smash in both the UK and the US. ‘Here You Are’, the title track, was written by Billy to reflect the influences of the music that has inspired him throughout his life. A powerful song full of emotion and passion, the lyrics describe how his dreams have come true. Back in 1993, Billy decided to take a break to spend some well earned time with his family. This break ended up extending to 15 years and in 2007, with the kids all grown up, Billy went back out to perform his hits again, this time with his daughter Cherie on backing vocals, taking in the UK and Europe, USA, Canada, and the Caribbean.