Starsailor originally formed at Wigan & Leigh Music College by music students James Walsh (Vocals, Guitar), James Stelfox (Bass), and Ben Byrne (Drums). They were soon joined by keyboardist Barry Westhead who cemented the band’s sound.
Signing to EMI Records, they shot to fame with their debut album Love Is Here in 2001. Featuring the Top 10 single ‘Alcoholic’, the album was released to great critical acclaim and reached number two in the UK Album Charts going on to sell over half a million copies in the UK alone.
For the band’s second album Silence Is Easy in 2003, Starsailor worked with legendary producer Phil Spector, alongside Danton Supple (Elbow, Doves) and John Leckie (The Stone Roses, Radiohead). The album also reached number two in the UK and soon went Gold.
Further albums On The Outside (2005) and All The Plans (2009) followed, with the band chalking up ten Top 40 hits in total, before the band went on an extended hiatus to explore other projects.
Reconvening in 2014, Starsailor headed out on a Greatest Hits tour in 2015 following the release of Good Souls: The Greatest Hits. The band have supported the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Police, The Killers, and U2, during their career selling over 3 million albums worldwide.
Their fifth studio album – and first since 2009 – All This Life finds Starsailor re-energised and on outstanding form was released on 1st September 2017.
Of the album and recording process, Walsh says; “Recording the album was an intense and rewarding experience and we’re excited to get it out there. There’s a good mix of the aspects of the band people know and love, and a few changes in direction.”
‘Listen To Your Heart’ is the stellar opening track from the album. Lead singer & guitarist James Walsh describes it as, “an energetic, emotional song. I think in doing what we do, you have to be emotion and instinct lead. If every decision was sensible, practical and mulled over, we’d never have done anything or got anywhere. It’s not always easy, so you have to keep reminding yourself.”