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 (amongst others) before rising to prominence as Simon Cowell’s tip on the X Factor. Since then Jay has continued to record music and perform as well as becoming an established broadcaster with Forces Radio BFBS.

“We met Jay 9 years ago when we all performed on the charity record (Songs To Save A Life) for The Samaritans, and our paths continuously crossed over the years” explains Darren Everest. “When we thought about a new member joining the band he was the first, and only, name that came to mind. Everything about Jay says ‘Overtone’. He has a classic style and is inspired by the same great artists as we all are. Jay has fitted in seamlessly and we can’t wait to push on and get to work.”

Speaking about joining The Overtones Jay says “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 & continuing to make people smile, sing and dance for many moons to come! The first song to be recorded with this new line up is Earth Wind & Fire’s ‘September’

“We’ve been busy over the last few months and it’s been so exciting being back in the studio with Jay” says Mark Franks. “The new music is very much ‘classic Overtones’ but with a twist. This song is a taster of what’s to come, Jay's voice adds a new dimension as you can hear and, as soon as we recorded it, we knew that it was the perfect fit for us four boys - feel good and uplifting... an absolute gem of a song.”

The Overtones will take to the road this December for their annual Christmas tour. “We will be performing classic songs from yesteryear, favourites from our albums and plenty of surprises” says Mike Crawshaw. “Over the last 10 years we’ve learnt a thing or two about throwing a Christmas party! People come to our shows to let their hair down, get their spirits up and dance their hearts out. We want everyone to leave an Overtones concert with a huge smile on their face and a spring in their step. This year will be our best tour yet!”

Tickets go on sale Friday July 10th, 2019 at 10am from gigsandtours.com 

Mon 02 Dec 19 Gateshead Sage

Tue 03 Dec 19 Birmingham Symphony Hall

Wed 04 Dec 19 Leicester De Montford Hall

Thu 05 Dec 19 Southend Cliffs Pavilion

Sat 07 Dec 19 Liverpool Philharmonic

Sun 08 Dec 19 Salford Lowry Mon

09 Dec 19 Sheffield City Hall

Wed 11 Dec 19 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Thu 12 Dec 19 Harrogate Royal Hall

Fri 13 Dec 19 Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

Mon 16 Dec 19 Cardiff St David’s Hall

Tue 17 Dec 19 Guildford G Live

Wed 18 Dec 19 London Indigo 7 Broadbent Close, Highgate Village, London

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, all the while building a relationship with their fans that has real depth and devotion.

In 2018 the group released their sixth album ‘The Overtones’, the accompanying sold-out UK tour took their trademark sense of celebration and party on the road with the group living up to the promise of “a night to remember”. That’s the tradition they come from and they’re certainly not about to stop now. www.theovertones.tv  

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