Shaun Escoffery

The name Escoffery is a famous one in UK black music: The EscofferysMichelle Escoffery, & of course there’s this guy Shaun Escoffery also…

It was actor Idris Elba who convinced him that his future career lay in singing & acting. Best friends in their teens, they both attended Barking & Dagenham College together, Idris studying performing arts, Shaun enrolling in an architectural course. But his friend soon convinced Shaun that he should give it up & do what he really wanted to do & join him on the performing arts course.

It wasn’t long before Shaun made his first impact singing on ‘Got To Find Me A Love’ with D’Influence in the early ’90s at the age of 17, having been writing songs since an early age & inspired by the music collection of his father, who also DJ’ed at dancehall & blues clubs. “He introduced me to Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye..” says Shaun. His musical heritage doesn’t stop there as his mother was also in a lovers rock group alongside her cousin. Shaun continues, “they would gather together on a Sunday & write songs, So me & my sister were always in an environment of just music; there was always music playing in the house 24/7.”

Shaun later gained success in musical theatre roles, starring in West End shows including ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Smokey Joe’s Cafe’ & receiving a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for his work in the Parade. Sice 2011, he has played Mufasa in the Tim Rice-Elton John hit show ‘The Lion King’. During this time Shaun has also performed with the esteemed likes of Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder & the late, great Prince.

He is now 5 albums into an illustrious recording career which began back in 2001, with the release of the now classic nu-soul cuts such as ‘Space Rider’ & ‘Days Like This’, the latter of which got the famed DJ Spinna remix treatment & is a special clubland anthem & a fave @ Soulstice. Subsequent releases from Shaun include the albums ‘Move Into Soul’ (2007), ‘The Red Room’ (2014) & ‘Evergreen’ (2016).

Now signed to the independent UK soul/jazz label Dome, his recent singles such as ‘Nature’s Call’, ‘People‘, ‘Perfect Love Affair‘, & ‘When The Love Has Gone’, all have received A-list rotation from BBC Radio 2. In 2017 he already has more airplay success with his last single ‘Healing Me’.

Shaun played a sell-out concert @ the prestigious Union Chapel in London in 2016 & year later performed @ the Cheltenham Jazz Festival before headlining @ Summer Soulstice. He also recently gained his black belt in the marshal art of jiu jitsu…

Don’t mess!

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