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Booking Agent: Kevin Moss
Email: Kevin@marshall-arts-talent.co.uk
Tel: 0207 483 5740

Singer songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Duke real name Mark Adams was born & bred in the West End of Newcastle-upon-Tyne which is in the North East of England. In his teens Mark fell in love with soul music and artists Marvin Gaye, Isaac Hayes, Sly & the Family Stone & Lean Ware, he also let rip with a passion for the golden age of rock n’ roll of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Gene Vincent. & Eddie Cochran! Barely in his teens Mark put together his first band – a thrashing thing like Iggy and the Stooges. It was called Catch 22 after the film. For three years the band treated the Newcastle club scene to a repertoire of ‘50s classics rendered in a high-octane style mixed with their own three-chord rockers.

After Catch 22 ran out of juice, it was a rethink time for Mark. “When I saw the band One Hand One Heart on local TV they blew my mind, They were tight and shiny something was going to happen for them” Hearing that the band needed a singer, Mark approached then and landed the gig.

Picked up by manager Chas Chandler (bassist from The Animals) “Chas was fascinating to work with, a true music man who managed Jimi Hendrix & brought him to the UK”. Years of gigging followed, and then a deal with Epic records. Two singles and an album were released before One Hand One Heart fell apart.

Nor, as anyone whose witnessed this amazing singer live will tell you, does it stop there. Mark went solo and wrote his first hit So In Love With You, this record opened many doors, it led him into the dance world, a new stage name ‘DUKE’ and to producers Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim) and Full Intention (Jon Pearn/Michael Gray) responsible for the classic remixes of So In Love With You. It hit the charts first in the Netherlands "DJ Marcello was the very first to play this track at the IT club in Amsterdam" it then bounced from territory to territory thereafter “I will always have a love for Holland where it all began”

One of his most memorable experiences was writing and producing with soul legend Bobby Womack “an experience I will never forget”

‘SO IN LOVE WITH YOU’ was a bona fide hit all over the world, topping the mainstream & club charts in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and many more it reached no.17 in the UK mainstream charts with the Full Intention mix & a club billboard no.1 which brought Duke to the attention of U.S. audiences.

Mark signed to various labels including Gary Kurfirst’s label for the U.S. Radioactive/Universal Records (Garbage, Live, Blondie & Talking Heads) “Gary was an amazing guy to work with, a true innovator”.

It became airplay staple on most influential pop/crossover stations worldwide & has been remixed by the some of the biggest names in the industry.

So In Love With You is currently under exclusive license to Altra Moda Music BV | Zonnelaan 24 |1017 NJ | Hilversum | The Netherlands

"DUKE" DUKE, Newcastle upon Tyne, Britain (UK)

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