Achieving immediate and sensational success in the early 1970s with his group Roxy Music, BRYAN FERRY has taken his place as one of the most iconic and innovative singers and lyricists in popular music. Merging the poise of Sinatra, the charisma of Gainsbourg and the intensity of Lou Reed, Ferry has added a nuance and verve so ultra-modern and distinctly his own that it constantly breaks new ground.
Roxy Music’s eight studio albums all acclaimed as modern classics, Ferry’s solo work has shaped the course of contemporary rock and pop music. Through classic love songs such as "Don’t Stop The Dance" and "Slave To Love", and his work across a range of musical styles from filmic electronic soundscapes to recreations of New Orleans and Weimar jazz bands, Ferry has continually affirmed his position as a musical icon. With the rare distinction of being regarded as both classic and contemporary, he is acknowledged as the writer and singer of some of the most loved modern pop songs, and a driving force in the avant-garde.
Aside from his own compositions, an equally important aspect of Ferry’s work has been his re-styling of numerous songs from different genres. The first of these was the ground-breaking "These Foolish Things" in 1973, featuring an astounding version of Bob Dylan’s "A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall".
Ferry’s subsequent solo albums have included the violet hour romance of Another Time, Another Place, the transatlantic cool of The Bride Stripped Bare, and the darkly enchanted and richly cinematic triptych of Boys and Girls, Bete Noire and Mamouna – three albums as thrillingly urban and atmospheric as they are poetic and melancholy. Boys and Girls would be a Number One album for Ferry in the UK, remaining in the British charts for over a year and becoming a best selling record in America.
In 2007, Bryan Ferry’s tribute to Bob Dylan, Dylanesque, was a critically applauded Top Ten success, followed in 2010 by Olympia – which included Ferry’s mesmeric interpretation of Song To The Siren – and two years later by an album of infectiously audacious jazz interpretations of some of Ferry’s most iconic songs, The Jazz Age.
Subsequent to Ferry’s acclaimed return to an ultra-modern rock form, Avonmore - perhaps his most personally revealing album to date – recent years have been devoted to extensive touring, with rapturously received shows throughout Europe, Britain and America. Bryan Ferry’s latest project has been creating period music for Babylon Berlin, a major television drama series set in 1920s Berlin, which will be internationally premiered later this year.