It was in 1983 that Howard Jones first burst upon the contemporary music scene with his very English songwriting, pioneering synthesizers and thought provoking lyrics. He set out his manifesto in his very first single ‘ New Song’. The lyrics called on the listener to challenge their preconceived ideas, to see both sides and ‘throw off your mental chains’. New Song was used in a pivotal scene in ‘Breaking Bad’ where Aaron Paul’s character Jessie Pinkman questions if he wants to ‘play by the rules’. New Song peaked at number 3 in the UK singles charts.
Along with ‘New Song’, The first two albums, ‘Humans Lib’ and ‘Dream into Action’, brought Howard a host of hits including ‘Things Can Only Get Better’, ‘What is Love?’, ‘Pearl In The Shell’, ‘Like to Get To know You Well’, ‘Hide And Seek’ (performed at Live Aid), ‘Look Mama’ and ‘No One Is To Blame’, which reached No.1 in the US. Howard has sold over 8 million albums across the globe and is one of a select group of British artists who have comprehensively ‘broken America’.
Howard’s Synthesiser driven debut influenced a new generation of electronic and dance musicians. Widely regarded as a pioneer of synths such as the Roland Juno 60, Jupiter 8 and Moog Prodigy he has worked with contemporary electronic artists such as Ferry Corsten, Eric Prydz and Cedric Gervais. Howard enjoyed 14 weeks in the billboard dance chart top 40 with his collaboration with Cedric on a new version of ‘Things Can Only Get Better’. Howard is currently collaborating with the US electronic producer BT. Howard continues to operate at the forefront of music technology in both his live shows and productions. 2016’s Engage live shows ambitiously combined Howard working with visuals in his live shows creating a multi media experience for the concert goers who could also interact with the shows using an innovative App on their phones.
Howard Jones continues to tour across the world every year performing to hundreds of thousands of music fans. For 2018 Howard has two distinct shows, his electronic band and his ‘Solo- The Songs & The Stories’ show. His current high tech electric band features Jonathan Atkinson on electric drums, Robbie Bronnimann on sequencing and additional keyboards, Emily Dolan Davies on electronic percussion and Robin Boult on guitar. The show also features bespoke visuals. In 2017, following a tour with Bare Naked Ladies, Howard headlined the Retro-Futura tour in the USA.
In 2018 Howard performed a 38 date sold out tour for his ‘ Solo- The Songs & The Stories’ show. These intimate performance take the audience on a personal trip through Howard's 30 year music career. Many of his best known songs were composed on his favourite instrument; the piano. At these shows Howard shares behind the scenes stories and reveals the inspiration behind the songs.
Howard released ‘Best 1983-2017’ with his new record label Cherry Red in 2017 which featured 42 tracks from his career. Remastered releases of his classic albums are planned by the label for November 2018 and include luxury box sets of ‘Human’s Lib’ and ‘Dream Into Action.’
For 2019 Howard Jones has announced that he will be releasing a brand new studio album, entitled ‘Transform’. He has also announced a major UK tour celebrating both the release of Transform and the 35thanniversary of his debut album release ‘Human’s Lib’.