Junior Giscombe

Junior first began singing at the tender age of 14, encouraged by the sounds of doo-wop, early Motown, classic soul and reggae…

1982 saw Junior hit the chart heights with his anthem ‘Mama Used To Say’, a trans-Atlantic smash which prompted Junior’s appearance as the first black UK artist on Soul Train and earning him Billboard’s Best Newcomer Award presented by the legendary James Brown. The US hit ‘Too Late’ followed reaching No.8 and his auspicious debut LP ‘Ji’ was released.

Junior’s 2nd album ‘Inside Looking Out’ in 1983 featured another US hit ‘Communication Breakdown’ and working with renowned producer Arif Mardin who later contributed to his next album ‘Acquired Taste’ in 1984. That same year Junior wrote ‘Do You Really Want My Love?’ for the Beverly Hills Cop sound track and enjoyed success as a songwriter for artists like Phyllis Hyman and Sheena Easton.

Another Step’ (a duet with Kim Wilde) reached No.6 in the UK in 1987 and he toured with her, opening for Michael Jackson in the process. That year he also completed his album ‘Sophisticated Street’. After a short hiatus, Junior released the ‘Stand Strong’ album which included the sublime ‘Morning Will Come’ and the nasty groove of ‘Step Off’. In 1992 the album aptly entitled ‘Renewal’ and enjoyed further success with TV presenter Richard Blackwood in 1999.

Junior’s songwriting skills have contributed to the likes of The Lighthouse Family, Maxi Priest, Penny Ford (ex-Snap), Amy Stewart and Ruby Turner and his own recordings have been well sampled by many. A pioneer in his field, Junior was the first artist to create and present British based black music to audiences outside the UK 25 years ago and we at Summer Soulstice are extremely honoured and excited to have had the man himself join us at our seventh fundraising event. Junior is once again stepping things up as part of The British Collective, which features some of the godfathers and torch bearers of British Soul Music of recent years and also includes Don-e, Leee John, Noel McKoy and Omar.

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