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An English performer who sings and writes much of his own material, Ian Prowse was formerly the frontman of the indie rock band Pele, a group that formed in 1990 in Ellesmere Port. As well as performing as a solo artist, Prowse is the singer of a band called Amsterdam, which formed in 1999. He is probably best known in that group for his hit single, entitled “The Journey”, which got into the UK charts in 2005. A guitarist as well as a vocalist, Prowse was born in Chester in 1964.
Ian Prowse's early career
Prowse's career in music started when he was at school. The young performer attended Sutton Comprehensive School, located in a suburb of Ellesmere Port, where he found like-minded musicians. He got into a couple of groups, such as Joseph Groome Towers and When in Rome, with schoolmates. Later, he would form Pele with a group of friends. By March 1991, the band had been signed to M and G Records, a division of Polydor. The band’s first album, which featured much of Prowse’s emerging songwriting, was called Fireworks. Along with six singles and a live album, the band had a follow-up LP, a work entitled The Sport of Kings. Pele’s best-performing record was a single called “Megalomania”, which got to number one in the Republic of South Africa. The group imploded in 1996, having toured the UK several times with bands such as The Pogues and Del Amitri.
Ian Prowse's later career
After Pele, Prowse put together Amsterdam with Tony Kiley, formerly of the Blow Monkeys. The band played regularly but only achieved a record deal in 2004 when they signed for Beat Crazy. One album was released before Amsterdam went on a hiatus from 2006. However, a new management deal soon followed and Prowse returned to the group to produce a second album, Arm in Arm, which came out in 2008. Around this time, Prowse started working on TV, notably providing a band for The Jonathan Ross Show. Prowse's vocals featured on a duet with Elvis Costello around this time for a cover version he was recording for his latest album.
A retrospective ‘best of’ album of Prowse's music came out in 2012. This was followed by Who Loves Ya Baby in 2014. In the early part of 2017, Prowse announced he would tour with a set of his older material, much of it drawn from Fireworks. The 25th anniversary of The Sport of Kings is to be celebrated by a solo UK tour in 2018. Prowse’s songs have been covered by artists such as Christy Moore.
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