A SINGER-SONGWRITER is tuning up for a busy 2012 after working with some of the biggest names in show business.
Former Hartlepool man Matthew Heanes has been recording vocals with Steve Bush, the multi-million-selling award-winning producer of rock legends The Stereophonics.
The 30-year-old was also seen on TV earlier this month when he was a backing vocalist for South Shields-born 2009 X Factor winner Joe McElderry and appeared alongside the singer on BBC1’s Songs of Praise and on OKTV on Channel 5.
Matt, formerly of the town’s Sheriff Street, admitted it was a daunting task working with Steve, who produced three epic Stereophonics’ albums, Word Gets Around, Performance and Cocktails and J.E.E.P.
The former Lynnfield and High Tunstall College of Science pupil, whose mum Denise Heanes still lives in town, said: “Basically what is happening is that we are trying to develop a sound for me.
“It’s quite nerve-wracking recording vocals with the man whose main vocalist for six years was Kelly Jones from the Stereophonics.
“He has also recorded vocals with Peter Gabriel and Corrine Bailey Rae.
“He has some amazing rock ‘n’ roll stories so its good to pick his brain.
“His knowledge both sonically as a producer and understanding of music is astounding.”
Matt says he is enjoying “finding a sound” but stressed it is just something he is exploring and still enjoys being a songwriter.
Former Hartlepool Sixth Form College student Matt, who lives in London and is signed to the Warner/Chappell music label as a songwriter, has credits on various albums that are due to be released in 2012 and he says he is delighted with that.
He has also been working on albums for acts on Sony in Holland and has a song on an album with one of Hong Kong’s top acts.
Early next year he is planning writing trips to Norway and Holland.