Absolute (production team)


Absolute (production team)

Absolute were formed in 1988 by Paul Wilson and Andy Watkins after they met at university and decided to pursue a career in music. Initially, Absolute was a band project with the release of two singles: "Don't You Wanna be Mine" (1991) and "Introduce Me to Love" (1992) on Rhythm King Records. The latter featured the vocals of John Paul Barrett. Watkins and Wilson, without Barrett, then ventured into the world of dance remixing. After achieving critical acclaim for their work on artists such as Lisa Stansfield, the Nightcrawlers, Mica Paris, James Taylor Quartet and Al Green, the pair were approached by Pete Evans of Big Life Management for management. Evans himself was considering branching out on his own and, with the help of Simon Fuller, formed Native Management with Absolute as his initial signing. Tracy Ackerman joined the songwriting duo in the late 90's as a regular songwriting partner.

Simon Fuller offered the pair a publishing deal to concentrate on song writing. Through BMG Music, Absolute were introduced to a new girlband called, at that time, Spice by BMG Publishings' Mark Fox. Absolute told Fuller of the girls they had discovered and asked whether he would consider managing them. This he did, and after much songwriting, the now Spice Girls were signed to Virgin Records and the first album "Spice" was released in November 1996 leading to a BRIT nomination in that year for Best Producers. Also that year, Absolute were approached by Alan Pell of Polydor Records to write the theme tune to the new Mr Bean movie to be recorded by Boyzone. The song "Picture of You" went on the win the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song in a Film in 1997.

Absolute continued to work on the subsequent Spice Girls album, "Spiceworld", and then continued their development of singer/songwriter Shernette May. After this, they undertook the writing and production and the second album for Virgin Records artist Kavana while relocating to Italy. During this time they were contacted by Geri Halliwell who informed them of her decision to leave the Spice Girls and asked them whether they would consider writing and producing her solo project. On returning to the UK, Watkins and Wilson embarked on the project, leading to the release of "Schizophonic" in May 1999. They continued to contribute to Halliwell's subsequent albums but to a lesser extent. Also in 1999 they were asked to contribute songs for Tina Turner's "Twenty Four Seven" album working with artists such as Bryan Adams. They went on to write and produce three songs for that album. Watkins and Wilson also produced and wrote the second international album of the Polish artist Edyta Gorniak, which was released in 2002 in Poland as "Perla" and in 2003 as "Invisible" in other European countries. Absolute have produced and written, in total to date, 7 UK and 1 U.S. No1 singles, 20 UK Top 10 singles and sold in excess of 50 million records worldwide.

Absolute are signed to Native Management and 19 Music and write and produce music for British pop artists including Will Young, Darius Danesh, Atomic Kitten, Girls Aloud, Gareth Gates, Jamelia, Gary Barlow, Andy Abraham, S Club 7, Keisha White and Shaznay Lewis.

In 2006 their song "Do I Make You Proud" was performed by Taylor Hicks, winner of American Idol 2006.

Discography

* "Right Now" (Atomic Kitten)
* "Keep On Pushing Love" (Al Green)
* "Stop Sign" (Abs)
* "Picture Of You" (Boyzone)
* "Ultra Essence" (Breakbeat Era)
* "Save Me" (Darius Danesh)
* "Invisible" (Edyta album)
* "Open Road" (Gary Barlow album)
* "Scream If You Want To Go Faster" (Geri Halliwell album)
* "Look At Me" (Geri Halliwell Single Prod / Writers,
* "I'm Every Woman" (Girls Aloud from "DiscoMania" album)
* "If I Can't Have You" (Jamelia from "DiscoMania" album)
* "See A Brighter Day" (James Taylor Quartet remix)
* "Instinct" (Kavana album)
* "I Can Make You Feel Good" (Kavana)
* "Someday I'm Coming Back" (Lisa Stansfield remix)
* "Back On Track" (Lulu album)
* "Two In A Million" (Mica Paris)
* "I Wanna Hold On To You" (Mica Paris Add. Prod & Mix)
* "Saturday" (Omar remix)
* "7" (S Club 7 album)
* "Natural" (S Club 7 Single Prod / Writers)
* "S Club"' (S Club 7 album)
* "I'm Your Man" (Shane Richie / Children in Need)
* "Spice" (Spice Girls album)
* "Say You'll Be There" (Spice Girls)
* "Who Do You Think You Are" (Spice Girls)
* "Spiceworld" (Spice Girls album)
* "Too Much" (Spice Girls)
* "Stop" (Spice Girls)
* "Twenty Four Seven" (Tina Turner album)
* "Strange" (Wet Wet Wet)
* "Light My Fire" (Will Young)
* "Do I Make You Proud" (Taylor Hicks Single Prod / Writers)

External links

* [http://www.nativemanagement.com Native Management]
* [http://www.19.co.uk 19 Music Publishing]
* [http://www.emimusicpub.com/worldwide/servlet/songSearch?writer_exact=PAUL+WILSON Songs written by Paul Wilson]
* [http://www.emimusicpub.com/worldwide/servlet/songSearch?writer_exact=ANDREW+WATKINS Songs written by Andrew Watkins]
* [http://www.emimusicpub.com/worldwide/servlet/songSearch?writer_exact=TRACY+ACKERMAN Songs written by Tracy Ackerman]


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